Institute for Higher Education

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The Institute for Higher Education (IfH) is a private scientific institution at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg with important collections on student history , in particular on the history of student associations . The Würzburg University Library is responsible for storing and indexing the holdings for lending .


Forerunner in Göttingen and Frankfurt am Main

Founding resolution of the university archive of the German student body

At the suggestion of the former freelance student and student historian Paul Ssymank , who held a teaching position for university and student history at the Georg-August University in Göttingen , the 1st German Student Day decided in 1919 to found the "University Archive of the German Student Union (DSt)" based in Goettingen . In order to ensure the continued existence of the rapidly growing stocks in view of the constitutional conflict within the DSt, united Ssymank the archive in September 1925, his university Ethnography Library (founded 1909), an overseas department and the collection point for student and academic journals and named it in the Institute of Higher customer order . In 1929 the Scientific Apparatus for Student History at the University of Göttingen was also attached to it.

In 1928, with the help of the Rector of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main , Fritz Drevermann , the City of Frankfurt's Magistrate and private sponsors, the University History Collection in Frankfurt a. M. It included in particular the important student history collection of Carl Manfred Frommel (approx. 12,000 numbers, graphics and library), the library of the Association of Old Corps Students (VAC) (4000 volumes), which was previously affiliated to the university library in Marburg , the archive of the Kösener senior citizens Convents Association , the archive of the Association of Old Corps Students, the archive of the Allgemeine Deutscher Waffenring , the archive of the Association of Chemists at German Universities and the archive of the Frankfurt Student Aid. The Göttingen University Archive of the German Student Union was also transferred to the Frankfurt Collection. At the instigation of Reichsarchivdirektor Ernst Müsebeck ( Wingolf ), who was involved in the planning from the beginning, the responsibility for collection and administration was taken over by the Frankfurt department of the Reichsarchiv in 1931 .


Georg Meyer-Erlach

The Würzburg city councilor Hellmut Umhau and Georg Meyer-Erlach initiated another institute at Marienberg Fortress in 1935 , to which the Frankfurt holdings were transferred in 1937. Together with the Scientific Institute of German university studies and student history thus moved and the students History Museum spaces of the Fortress Marienberg. The city of Würzburg supported the development significantly by assuming construction and personnel costs as well as by purchasing the important Georg Schmidgall and Oskar Scheuer collections . In January 1937, Ssymank dissolved his institute and also sold his holdings to the city of Würzburg. In 1938 the institute came under the control of the Reichsstudentenführung , which commissioned the historian and fraternity member Arnold Brügmann to manage it. Under his leadership the Institute of was also archive National Socialist German Student Union and the Kingdom of student leadership, the sponsorship of the Institute of History students and university customer held-to-do German students .

In the post-war period , the institute's collections, insofar as they had survived the bombing raid on Würzburg on March 16, 1945 and looting, were secured on the initiative of several old gentlemen's associations . They were placed in the Old University (Domerschulstrasse) by loan agreement with the Bavarian State Government in order to make them accessible to the interested specialist public. Meyer-Erlach, who headed the institute until 1956, and his successor Albin Angerer , who worked there until December 1976, took over the development. The German Society for University Studies took over the sponsorship in 1961.

From 1982 the institute, which from January 1977 was under the direction of Walter M. Brod (1912-2010), was located in its own premises of the new Würzburg University Library . The scientific director of the institute from 2006 to 2010 was the Würzburg university professor and art historian Stefan Kummer . He was followed by the historian Matthias Stickler . The art historian Michaela Neubert has been curator since 2006 . In 2014 she organized the move to a renovated building in the abandoned Leighton Barracks . The IfH shares its archive rooms with the German Order Research Center , which was founded on July 4, 2014 .


Reading room

The Institute for Higher Education brings together library, museum and archive material from four centuries. Its collections include:


The institute participates in exhibitions. The following catalogs have been published for this purpose:

  • Against braid and philistinism. German students between the reform period and the revolution 1800–1850 . Wuerzburg 1985
  • Student associations and fraternity students in Bonn . Exhibition catalog of the Bonn Corporations Working Group and the Institute for University Studies. Wuerzburg 1989

German Society for University Studies

The legal entity of the Institute for Higher Education is the German Society for Higher Education, founded in 1922 . Its purpose is to promote scientific research on the history of universities and the student body in the German-speaking area. It promotes the following activities:

  1. Maintenance and continuation of their academic library and their various art collections in the Institute for University Studies
  2. Editing and supporting the editing of scientific publications
  3. Organization of exhibitions
  4. Scientific lecture events

For the fulfillment of its tasks and for the continued existence of the Institute for Higher Education, the DGfH depends on contributions and donations from its members and friends. Contributions and donations are tax deductible. As an annual gift, each member receives a wall calendar with images from the collections of the Institute for Higher Education. The chairman of the German Society for University Studies is Karsten Bahnson .


  • Karl Konrad : Real support for the Institute for Student History and University Studies in Würzburg . Der Convent ( Convent of German Academic Associations ) 6 (1955), p. 189.
  • Ulrich Becker: The Institute for Higher Education at the University of Würzburg . GDS-Archiv 1 (1992), pp. 8-16.
  • Carl Manfred Frommel : The university history collection at the University of Frankfurt am Main , Deutsche Corps-Zeitung 48 (1931/32), pp. 90–94.
  • Georg Meyer-Erlach : On the history of the IfH and the re-establishment of the historical commission of the Kösener . Once and Now, Yearbook of the Association for Corporate Student History Research 18 (1973), p. 212 f.
  • Robert Paschke : Student History Lexicon . GDS archive, supplement 9, p. 143 f. and 247 f.
  • Günther G. Schulte: Institute for Higher Education at the University of Würzburg. Becoming and working 1882/1982 . Wuerzburg 1981.
  • Peter Weidisch: Würzburg in the »Third Reich«. In: Ulrich Wagner (Hrsg.): History of the city of Würzburg. 4 volumes, Volume I-III / 2, Theiss, Stuttgart 2001-2007; III / 1–2: From the transition to Bavaria to the 21st century. 2007, ISBN 978-3-8062-1478-9 , pp. 196-289 and 1271-1290; here: pp. 256–258.
  • Matthias Stickler : What exactly is university studies? The Würzburg Institute for Higher Education and its History . Research and teaching 5 (2015), pp. 386–387.

Web links

Commons : Institute for Higher Education  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. CM Frommel, Die Hochschulkundliche Sammlung, p. 91
  2. Peter Weidisch: Würzburg in the "Third Reich". In: Ulrich Wagner (Hrsg.): History of the city of Würzburg. 4 volumes, Volume I-III / 2, Theiss, Stuttgart 2001-2007; III / 1–2: From the transition to Bavaria to the 21st century. 2007, ISBN 978-3-8062-1478-9 , pp. 196–289 and 1271–1290, here: p. 256.
  3. Peter Weidisch (2007), p. 261.
  4. on Umhau cf. also Werner Rust: The Institute for German Student History and Dr. H. Umhau. In: Deutscher Altherrenbund. Volume 3, 1940, p. 57 f .; and Egon Viel: The struggle for the Würzburg student house. A memory of Helmuth Umhau. In: Deutscher Altherrenbund- Volume 3, 1940, p. 90 f.
  5. Peter Weidisch (2007), p. 256.
  6. Jürgen Weber : Laudation to Walter M. Brod on the occasion of the award of the cultural medal of the city of Würzburg. In: Würzburg medical history reports 17, 1998, p. 559 f.
  7. ^ Moenania Würzburg : Walter M. Brod. ( Online ), accessed October 6, 2016.
  8. Florian Hoffmann: From the file cemetery to the research facility. New tasks for the Kösener archive . Corps Magazin (Deutsche Corpszeitung) 4/2008, p. 17