Kleist Archive Sembdner

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Kleist Archive Sembdner

founding 1991
place Heilbronn
management NN

The Kleist Archive Sembdner in Heilbronn is an institution that has dealt with the life and work of the poet Heinrich von Kleist . It emerged from the collection of the Kleist researcher and editor Helmut Sembdner , which was purchased by the city of Heilbronn in 1990 and presented to the public in 1991.

The facility was headed by its director Günther Emig from 1992 to 2018 and will be integrated into a literature house after his retirement due to age in October 2018.

From 1993 to 2018, the Kleist Archive Sembdner, with Günther Emig as editor, published a total of 167 Kleist-related book publications in 19 different series, including a large retrospective Kleist bibliography and the large Kleist pictorial biography by Eberhard Siebert . This publication activity will not be continued with Günther Emig's departure.

From 1990 to 2018 the current Kleist bibliography appeared in the Heilbronner Kleist-Blätter yearbook , which was discontinued after 29 issues in 2018. The bibliographic data communicated therein was published in 2018 as an independent book publication (Günther Emig: Kleist Bibliography 2001–2015. Heilbronn 2018. 759 pages, size 4 °). This bibliographic work has been continued since 2019 in the yearbook " Ach, Kleist! " , Published by Günther Emig in his publishing house Günther Emigs Literatur-Betrieb , which was founded in October 2018 .

From 1996 to 2018 there was an extensive internet offer, which was set up and maintained technically and in terms of content by Günther Emig. It is now being continued privately by Günther Emig at the previous address www.kleist.org.


  • Günther Emig : How the Kleist Sembdner Archive came to Heilbronn. In: Oh, Kleist! The yearbook. For everyone who has something (new) to say. Volume 1. Niederstetten 2019, ISBN 978-3-921249-38-3 , pp. 91-98.

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Coordinates: 49 ° 8 ′ 45 ″  N , 9 ° 13 ′ 16.2 ″  E