Mecklenburg record book

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Title page of Volume I (1863)

The Mecklenburgische Urkundenbuch ( MUB for short , more rarely: MUB) is a standard work on the medieval history of Mecklenburg . It brings together the texts of all the diplomatic sources on the history of this territory from the time of the first written records to the end of the 14th century.


On April 24, 1860, at the festive meeting for the 25th anniversary of the Association for Meklenburg History and Antiquity , the proposal arose to publish a Mecklenburg document book. This was immediately raised to a resolution. It was the desire to create a compilation of all known historical sources. The first efforts to do this have already been made by Pastor David Franck, among others . However, it was not until the association was founded in 1835, thanks to its close personal network with the central state archive of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and its broad acceptance by important representatives and decision-makers in the state and society of both parts of Mecklenburg, that a sufficient technical and scientific basis was created, such an editorial To be able to tackle a large project and bring it to a successful conclusion.

To this end, Grand Duke Friedrich Franz I opened his house archive to historical research for the first time. Georg Christian Friedrich Lisch , appointed by him to the archivist, proved to be a stroke of luck in this position. The collection and collation of all accessible documents and sources on Mecklenburg history was intended from the outset as a work of years, if not decades. Individual contributions have already appeared in the association's “year books”. The material collected up to then made it possible to pass a resolution in 1860 to tackle the pressure of the MUB. The publisher was the Association for Mecklenburg History and Archeology, Schwerin, which formed a separate scientific commission for the MUB. From the beginning until his death, this was initially under the direction and responsibility of Georg Christian Friedrich Lisch, then until 1889 under that of his successor Friedrich Wigger , who had worked as an editor from the beginning. This was followed by Hermann Grotefend (until 1903) and Friedrich Stuhr .

The first volume appeared in 1863 "in commission of the Stiller'schen Hofbuchhandlung" Schwerin. By 1913, a total of 24 volumes had been published with the chronological print of 13,739 historical documents and texts from the period from 786 ( Charles , King of the Franks, founded the Diocese of Verden ) to 1400. Volumes XXV A (1936) were also published as supplements. and XXV B (1977). Woodcuts of traditional seals are given in loose succession. At the beginning of the price of five Reichstalers per volume, the MUB was initially only accessible to scholars. This changed from 1873, when the association gave 200 copies of each volume free of charge to offices, magistrates, courts and prepositions for general use.

A continuation of the Mecklenburg record book for the following period from 1400 onwards has not yet come about. In Landeshauptarchiv Schwerin to Regesten exist.


The most important treasure trove for the “Document Commission” was the Grand Ducal Secret and Main Archive of the Mecklenburg-Schwerin region in Schwerin. The first registry of the documents in the ducal castle, the registrum certarum litterarum existencium in custodia cancellarie dominorum ducum Magnopolensium, was made towards the end of the 15th century. In 1579 Duke Ulrich entrusted the young Samuel Fabricius with the administration of the library and the archive. He set up a registry with the name Repertorium Fabricianum , which was still of great practical value in the 19th century. The church archives such as the Ratzeburg and Schwerin “Stifts-Archiv”, the monastery archives from Broda , Dobbertin , Doberan , Malchow , Neukloster (Sonnencamp), Tempzin , Wanzka , Zarrentin and the secular documents from the city archives were added as further sources , also numerous documents from archives outside Mecklenburg. In terms of numbers, private sources only play a minor role. In the introduction to volume 1 of the MUB there is also a list of the publications evaluated.


Today, the MUB is considered to be one of the most important source editions on the medieval history of a territory in the German-speaking area and has often been the benchmark and model for comparable edition projects since its publication. To this day it is one of the most important basic works of Mecklenburg historical research for the period under review.


Volumes of the MUB in the State Main Archive Schwerin (2017)

"First Division"

"Second Division"

"Third Division"


  • Volume XXV A (1936): Supplements 1166-1400
  • Volume XXV B (1977): Supplements 1235-1400

MUB certificates in Wikipedia

Single documents

For the Mecklenburg documents, it is sufficient to provide evidence of the document number running across all volumes. Optionally, the volume in which the relevant document is contained can also be named.

Views of the reproduced documents


  1. At that time, Meklenburgische was written without -c- in the club name.
  2. ^ David Franck: Old and New Mecklenburg. 19 books. Güstrow and Leipzig 1753–1757, register 1758 ( digital copies at RosDok)

Web links

Wikisource: Mecklenburgisches Urkundenbuch  - Sources and full texts