Welcome to the Francke Portal

The August Hermann Francke Study Centre with the Archive and Library departments preserves the majority of the printed and unprinted sources regarding August Hermann Francke (1663-1727), the theologian and paedagogue who founded the Francke Foundations (for his curriculum vitae, click here). Francke was one of the most important representatives of Pietism, the first reform movement of Protestantism since the Reformation, which decisively influenced religious and cultural life during the eighteenth century.

Constructing the Francke Portal took place within the context of a four-year project supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (1 March 2013 to 28 February 2017). In the course hereof electronic data collections and catalogues as well as editions, developed in recent years at the August Hermann Francke Study Centre and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Pietism Studies of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, were merged on a platform to be further developed and systematically enhanced with digital copies of recorded printed and unprinted sources. The source and data sets are presented in eight modules and interlinked:

1. Portraits
2. Journals and Egodocuments
3. Journal Inserts
4. Bibliography of Publications
5. Editions of Writings, Sermons and Letters
6. Epistolary
6.1. Transcribed Letters
7. Secondary Literature
8. Francke’s Private Library

The technical basis of the Francke Portal is provided by the software platform Visual Library of the companies Semantics GmbH and Walter Nagel GmbH & Co. KG.


Search for documents by applying keywords across all modules!
Carry out an advanced search for a targeted subject within each module. The field labels are individually matched to the module, i.e., to the specific genre, such as printed publications or letters.
Browse through the modules and specify your results by means of the facets!
Utilise the search options for Lists and Clouds!

Your opinion is important to us

If you have any suggestions for improving or expanding our Digital Collections, please contact Dr. Britta Klosterberg, head of the August Hermann Francke Study Centre.
If you need any help with your research, or come across errors of a bibliographical, editorial or technical nature, please contact Dr. Jürgen Gröschl.

Contact information

Francke Foundations
August Hermann Francke Study Centre
- Archive and Library -
Francke 1, House 22-24
D-06110 Halle
Tel.: 0049-(0)345-2127412

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