Historical commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences
The Historical Commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences was founded in 1858 by the Bavarian King Maximilian II on the initiative of the historian Leopold von Ranke . On the one hand it is a learned society, an academy for German history - according to Ranke - and on the other hand, with currently 26 academic staff in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, it is one of the largest non-university historical research institutions in the Federal Republic of Germany. Gerrit Walther , who was confirmed in office for a further five years in 2017, has been President of the Historical Commission since 2012 , which currently has 45 members.
tasks and goals
The focus of the commission's work has been on high-quality source editions from the very beginning . The spectrum of around 650 publications ranges from the late Middle Ages to contemporary history. These include central editions such as the German Reichstag files , the German historical sources of the 19th and 20th centuries and the files of the Reich Chancellery, Hitler Government 1933–1945 . From 1875 to 1912 the Historical Commission published the 56 volume Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB). Since 1953 she has been in charge of the follow-up project, the New German Biography (NDB), the authoritative historical-biographical lexicon of the German-speaking area. The approximately 49,000 articles from ADB and NDB form the basis of the digital German biography , the historical-biographical information system for the German-speaking area, in which approximately 730,000 personalities can currently be researched.
The commission is pursuing an extensive digitization program with the aim of using hundreds of source editions and their diverse biographical offerings such as ADB, NDB and a database of scholars of the Old Empire (1250–1550), the Repertorium Academicum Germanicum (RAG), a scientific, networked one To create a total offering that makes all of your areas of work accessible worldwide and in a user-friendly manner.
Individual projects of the digitization program:
- In 2007, the central source edition on the history of the Weimar Republic went online with the files of the Reich Chancellery
- 2017 the minutes of the Bavarian Council of Ministers 1945–1962.
- Together with the Bavarian State Library (BSB), the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Foundation for the Historical Lexicon of Switzerland , the Historical Commission has been responsible for the transnational biography portal since July 2009 .
- German Reichstag files (from 1858, divided into older, middle and newer series as well as imperial assemblies)
- Repertory Academicum Germanicum 1250–1550 (from 2000)
- German Commercial Records of the Middle Ages and Modern Times (from 1913)
- The electoral capitulations of the Roman-German kings 1519–1792
- Letters and files on the history of the Thirty Years War
- German historical sources of the 19th and 20th centuries (from 1917)
- Research on German social history (from 1962)
- The Protocols of the Bavarian State Council 1799–1817 (from 2000)
- Sources on the reforms in the Rhine Confederation states (from 1982)
- Sources on the history of the German Confederation (from 1988)
- Reich Chancellery files. Hitler government 1933–1945 (from 1976)
- The minutes of the Bavarian Council of Ministers 1945–1962 (from 1991)
- Germany's global economic interdependencies in the 19th and 20th centuries (from 2020)
- New German biography , including German biography (from 1950)
- Yearbooks of German History (1858–2002)
- The chronicles of the German cities from the 14th to the 16th century (1862–1968)
- Hanserecesse (1859-1897)
- The documents and files of the Upper German city federations (1650-2005)
- Palatinate history (1862–1888)
- Sources and discussions on Bavarian and German history (1860–1864, new series 1899–1915)
- History of Science in Germany (1864–1952)
- Folk songs (1865-1913)
- German and East Central European Europe Plans of the 19th and 20th Centuries (2000-2005)
- Leopold von Ranke: From work and estate (1959–1980)
- Reich Chancellery files. Weimar Republic
- Documentation of Franco-German relations 1949–1963 (1990–1999)
- Research Association "Historical Innovation Research" (2000–2005)
- General German biography (1875-1912)
The archive of the Historical Commission (approx. 6 running meters) documents the work of this - according to Leopold von Ranke - "Academy of German Historical Science" from its establishment by statute of the Bavarian King Maximilian II from November 26th, 1858 to 1961, in which the commission held its 86th plenary session in Munich. The material is a first-rate source for historiographical research in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. A finding aid with a detailed index of persons, institutions and subjects (139 pages and 336 numbers) makes the collection accessible.
- Lothar Gall (ed.): "... for German historical and source research". 150 years of historical commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences . Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag, Munich 2008, ISBN 978-3-486-58286-4 .
- Helmut Neuhaus : 150 Years of the Historical Commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. A chronicle by Helmut Neuhaus. Historical Commission, Munich 2008, ISBN 978-3-929691-12-2 .
- Akademie Aktuell , Issue 25, 2/2008 (special issue on 150 years of the Historical Commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, PDF, 5.06 MB)
- Website of the historical commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences
- Digital offers from the Historical Commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences
- Overview of the publications of the historical commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences
- The minutes of the Bavarian Council of Ministers 1945-1962 online. In: .bayerischer-ministerrat.de. Retrieved May 27, 2020 .
- Vol. 1 1799-1801, Vol. 2 1802-1807
- Protocols of the Bavarian State Council. Retrieved May 27, 2020 .
- "Files of the Reich Chancellery. Weimar Republic ”online. In: bundesarchiv.de. Retrieved May 27, 2020 .
- Archive find book of the Historical Commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences (PDF file; 512 kB)