6. Epistolary

In the module "Epistolary" August Hermann Francke's correspondence is provided in digital form. The nucleus of the manuscript tradition are the 2,000 letters from August Hermann Francke preserved in the Archives of the Francke Foundations. Moreover, more than 1,000 letters from and to Francke preserved in over 50 national and international archives, libraries and private collections are made accessible.
In the August Hermann Francke study center, these letters were described within the scope of projects supported by the German Research Foundation in a formal and textual way by subject headings and short summaries.
In addition to a targeted search for people, places, dates and keywords, the database enables an overarching full text search in all fields of description. A calendar function also enables access through the date of the letters.

Digital provisions

The letters from Francke in the Archives of the Francke Foundations are made available with metadata and digital copies in the Epistolary. In addition, letters to Francke which were enclosed to his diaries in the collection „Diaries/Ego-Documents“ and preserved in the Archives of the Francke Foundations are included in the same way. All other letters to Francke in the Archives of the Francke Foundations are accessible in the „Database for single manuscripts in the historical archive divisions“ nachgewiesen.
Letters from Francke located in foreign institutions and private collections are provided likewise with metadata and digital copies in the Epistolary, if a permission for publication was granted. This is the case for nearly all letters, and in some cases links are provided for digital images which are already online in other data managment systems.
For letters to August Hermann Francke in foreign institutions, only metadata are available in the Epistolary.
The download of the documents in PDF format is only possible for letters owned by the Archives of the Francke Foundations for legal reasons. Unfortunately, letters from Francke in the holdings of the Evangelical-Lutheran Mission Works (shelf mark ALMW/DHM) can not be digitalized due to their bad conservation status.
At present, transcriptions of selected letters from August Hermann Francke are made accessible to a limited extent in the subcollection "Transcribed letters".

Thanks

We thank all institutions for providing the digital images and giving the permission for the publication of the letters. We also would like to express our thanks to all national and international scolars for their contributions to the transcriptions in the Epistolary.

Requesting your cooperation

We are grateful for any information on Francke correspondence not included in the Epistolary, especially from the collections of other institutions. Relevant notification is welcomed by Dr. Jürgen Gröschl: groeschl-Irgendwas-(at)francke-halle.de.
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