Paul Friedrich von Stälin

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The grave of Paul Friedrich von Stälin in the Pragfriedhof Stuttgart .

Paul Friedrich Stälin , from 1892 by Stälin , (born October 23, 1840 in Stuttgart ; † April 1, 1909 ibid ) was a German archivist and historian . From 1901 to 1905, Stälin was director of the royal Württemberg secret house and state archive in Stuttgart.


Paul Friedrich was the son of the archivist and historian Christoph Friedrich von Stälin (1805–1873). He attended grammar school in Stuttgart and studied law at the universities in Tübingen , Heidelberg and Göttingen . But Stälin also heard lectures on history from Reinhold Pauli . With success he was able to solve a prize assignment at the University of Tübingen on the historical presentation of the doctrine of the forms of marriage according to canon law. He received his doctorate as Dr. jur. and published the content of recent legislation on the form of marriage in the Journal of Canon Law.

Even before he took the higher legal service examination, his father asked the king in 1864 to keep him free from entry to the Stuttgart State Archives. In February 1865, Friedrich Paul was employed by his father as a laborer. The training for the archive service should be made up for. In 1867 he therefore took a vacation of several months, which he used to visit the archives in Berlin , Hanover , Braunschweig , Wolfenbüttel , Kassel , Gotha , Weimar , Dresden , Vienna , Salzburg and Munich . He was able to conduct palaeographic studies with Philipp Jaffé in Berlin and Old German and Romance studies in Vienna. In 1868 Stälin worked for a long time in Paris and in 1872 in Italian archives.

As early as 1867 he got a permanent job as an archive assessor at the secret house and state archive in Stuttgart. Since 1870 he was the editor of the journal General Church Gazette for Protestant Germany . From the same year on, Stälin took over the description of the Württemberg regional offices as a co-author on behalf of the State Statistical Office and provided the historical sections for Backnang (1871), Brackenheim (1873), Rottweil (1875), Spaichingen (1876), Balingen (1880) and Ellwangen (1896). In 1871 he was awarded the title of archivist . After his father's death in 1873, he was appointed royal Württemberg coat of arms censor as his successor, and in the same year he was promoted to the real archivist.

In 1879 Stälin became a member of the commission of experts of the State Collection for patriotic art and antiquity monuments . From 1882 to 1887 his main work, The History of Württemberg, appeared in two half-volumes, as a continuation of the work of his father's Württemberg History . In 1888 he was given the title of secret archive council. In the same year he published the history of the city of Calw and was made an honorary citizen of Calw for his work . In 1891 he was one of the first members of the newly founded Württemberg Commission for State History . By assuming the office of district curator , he promoted the listing of the parish and community archives initiated by him, whereby he took care of the maintenance and supervision of these archives. A secondary task of the office was the processing of the Wuerttemberg document book published by the royal archive directorate for volumes 4 to 8 of which Stälin was responsible. After August von Schlossberger resigned in 1901, Stälin became his successor as director of the secret house and state archive in Stuttgart. Under his leadership, new user regulations were issued that made work and research in the archive much easier. On December 12, 1905, he resigned from office due to illness and was awarded the rank of President for his services.

Paul Friedrich von Stälin died on April 1, 1909, at the age of 68, in his native Stuttgart. He was the owner of numerous awards and, like his father, received the personal nobility status in the Kingdom of Württemberg in 1892 with the Cross of Honor of the Order of the Württemberg Crown . In 1877 he received the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Bavarian Crown . Among other things, Stälin was a member of the Göttingen Church Law Society, the General History Research Society of Switzerland and the Association for History and Classical Studies in Hohenzollern . He was the author of over 50 articles on the General German Biography , mainly biographies of the Counts and Dukes of Württemberg but also about people from Swabian history, including his father. His written estate is in the Baden-Württemberg State Archives, Department of the Stuttgart State Archives .

Publications (selection)

  • The legal relationship between religious communities and foreign relatives in Wurttemberg according to its historical development. Stuttgart 1870.
  • Greetings for the four hundredth anniversary of the University of Tübingen's foundation in 1877. Festschrift with August von Schlossberger, Stuttgart 1877.
  • Documents on the history of the knight alliances of the 14th century. Stuttgart 1881.
  • For the tincture of some Swabian-Württemberg coats of arms. Stuttgart 1881.
  • History of Württemberg (until 1268). Part 1, Gotha 1882. ( digitized )
  • History of Württemberg (1268 to 1496). Part 2, Gotha 1887. ( digitized )
  • History of the city of Calw. Calw / Stuttgart 1888. ( digitized )
  • Wirtemberg document book. as a processor of volumes 4 to 8, Stuttgart 1883–1903.


Web links

Wikisource: Paul Friedrich von Stälin  - Sources and full texts

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Court and State Manual of the Kingdom of Bavaria , 1906, p. 29.