Wilfried Reininghaus

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Wilfried Reininghaus (born April 26, 1950 in Schwerte ) is a German historian and archivist . From 2004 to 2013 he was President of the North Rhine-Westphalia State Archives . Reininghaus is an adjunct professor for Westphalian regional history at the University of Münster and former first chairman of the historical commission for Westphalia .

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After graduating from the Theodor-Heuss-Gymnasium in Hagen, Wilfried Reininghaus studied economics and history at the University of Münster from 1969 . In 1974 he passed the exam as a graduate economist, in 1978 the first state examination followed and in 1980 with Otto Gerhard Oexle the doctorate to Dr. phil. with a thesis on the formation of journeyman's guilds in the late Middle Ages. From 1980 to 1982 he completed the archive clerkship at the archive school in Marburg , then from 1982 to 1996 he worked at the Westphalian Economic Archives in Dortmund - since 1992 as director. In 1996 he became head of the NRW State Archives in Münster (Ltd. State Archives Director), which was merged with the other state archives in 2004 and has been called the State Archives North Rhine-Westphalia Westphalia Department since 2008 . After the merger of the three North Rhine-Westphalian state archives to form the North Rhine-Westphalia State Archive , Wilfried Reininghaus was appointed its first President on January 1, 2004. He retired on April 30, 2013.

In 1990 Reininghaus began teaching at the University of Münster, where he received his habilitation in 1992 in the subject of Westphalian regional history with a thesis on the merchants of the city of Iserlohn (1700–1815). In 1998 he was appointed adjunct professor for Westphalian regional history at the University of Münster. Reininghaus was elected a full member of the Historical Commission for Westphalia in 1990, joined the board in 1997, became second chairman in 2000, and was first chairman of the commission from 2003 to 2018. The general assembly of the commission elected him an honorary member on April 13, 2018 in Beckum.

Reininghaus was also a reviewer for the DFG from 1993 to 2005 , from 1999 to 2003 coordinator in the German-Polish development project on the history of mining in Prussia (1750-1865), from 2005 to 2012 chairman of the structure committee at the Marburg archive school and since 2009 chairman of the scientific advisory board to rebuild the Cologne City Archives . In 1999 he was responsible for an exhibition on the revolution of 1848/50 in Westphalia and Lippe, and in 2003 for an exhibition on secularization between the Rhine and Weser.


As an author

  • The formation of the journeyman's guilds in the late Middle Ages . Abbreviated dissertation Münster 1980 (=  quarterly journal for social and economic history, supplement . Volume 71 ). Wiesbaden 1981.
  • Sources on the history of the journeymen in late medieval Basel . Basel 1982.
  • A brief history of the Dortmund insurance industry in the 19th and 20th centuries . Dortmund 1983.
  • 50 years of TTVg Schwerte 1945–1985 . Swords 1985.
  • Guilds, Towns, and State in County Mark. Introduction and regesta on texts from the 14th to 19th centuries . Munster 1989.
  • Trade in the early modern period (=  Encyclopedia of German History . Volume 3 ). Munich 1990.
  • Crafts and guilds in the Paderborn region and in Höxter . Paderborn 1991.
  • The archive of the family and company Johann Caspar Harkot zu Hagen-Harkorten in the Westphalian Economic Archive in Dortmund . Munster 1991.
  • The files of the sword judge (17th / 18th century). City Archives sword, inventory P . Munster 1992.
  • The archival system of the economy. An introduction (=  distance learning bridging courses. Archiving course ). Berlin 1994.
  • The city of Iserlohn and its merchants (1700–1815) . Abbreviated habilitation writing, 2 volumes, Münster 1992 (=  studies on economic, social and technological history . Volume 13 ). Dortmund 1995.
  • A Westphalian merchant in America 1783/84. Johann Heinrich Basses report on his bankruptcy in Philadelphia (=  Society for Westphalian Economic History eV. Small writings . Volume 31 ). Dortmund 2004.
  • 75 years of the Ruhr Valley Museum. A place of remembrance . Swords 2009.
  • Friedrich Philippi. Historian and archivist in the Wilhelmine era - a biography . Münster 2014.
  • The revolution of 1918/19 in Westphalia and Lippe as a research problem. Sources and open questions. With documentation on the workers', soldiers' and peasants' councils . Aschendorff Verlag, Münster 2016, ISBN 978-3-402-15124-2 .
  • The pre-industrial economy in Westphalia. Your story from the beginning of the Middle Ages to the end of the Old Kingdom . 3 volumes. Aschendorff Verlag, Münster 2018, ISBN 978-3-402-15123-5 .

As a co-author

  • with Frank M. Bischoff : Archives in North Rhine-Westphalia on the Internet (=  publications of the state archives of North Rhine-Westphalia: Series E H. Volume 5 ). Munster 1998.
  • with Sigrun Eckelmann, Hans-Dieter Kreikamp, Angelika Menne-Haritz : New media in the archive. Online access and electronic records. Report on a study trip to North America, 10. – 21. May 1999 (=  publications of the archive schools Marburg . Volume 32 ). Marburg 2000.
  • with Reinhard Köhne: mining, smelting and hammer works in the Duchy of Westphalia in the Middle Ages and in the early modern period . Münster 2008.

As editor

  • Wandering trade in Europe. Contributions to the scientific conference in Ibbenbüren, Mettingen, Recke and Hopsten from 9. – 11. October 1992 . Dortmund 1993.
  • The revolution of 1848/49 in Westphalia and Lippe. Conference of the Historical Commission for Westphalia on February 18 and 19, 1999 in Iserlohn (=  writings of the Historical Commission for Westphalia . Volume 16 ). Munster 1999.
  • Guild landscapes in Germany and the Netherlands in comparison (=  writings of the Historical Commission for Westphalia . Volume 17 ). Munster 2000.

As co-editor

  • with Jutta Prieur (Ed.): Wollenlaken, Trippen, Bombasinen. The textile guilds in Wesel between the Middle Ages and modern times . Wesel 1983.
  • with Klara van Eyll a. a. (Ed.): Sources on the history of the German Industry and Commerce Conference in chamber archives from 1861 to 1918 . Bonn 1986.
  • with Ottfried Dascher and Gabriele Unverferth (eds.): Debit and credit. History and stories from the Westphalian economic archive . Dortmund 1991.
  • with Joachim Huske and Thomas Schilp (eds.): Das Muth-, Verleih- und Confirmationbuch 1770–1773. A source on the early history of the Ruhr mining industry . Dortmund 1993.
  • with Erich Thurmann and Hartwig Walberg (eds.): Sources on the guild history of Lippstadt in the early modern period . Lippstadt 1993.
  • with Wolfgang Köllmann and Karl Teppe (eds.): Bourgeoisie between commercial and industrial economy. Contributions to the scientific colloquium on the occasion of the 200th birthday of Friedrich Harkort from February 25 to 27, 1993 . Dortmund 1994.
  • with Ralf Stremmel (ed.): Crafts, bourgeoisie and state. Contributions to the second handcraft history colloquium at Raesfeld Castle, January 12-14, 1995 . Dortmund 1997.
  • with Jochen Hoock (Ed.): Merchants in Europe. Trading houses and their tradition in pre- and early industrial times. Contributions to the conference in the Westphalian Economic Archives, May 9-11, 1997 . Dortmund 1997.
  • with Renate Köhne-Lindenlaub and Evelyn Kroker (eds.): Handbook for economic archivists. Theory and practice . Munich 1998.
  • with Horst Conrad (ed.): For freedom and law. Westphalia and Lippe in the revolution of 1848/49 . Munster 1999.
  • with Karl Teppe (Ed.): Transport and Region in the 19th and 20th Century. Westphalian examples . Paderborn 1999.
  • with Frank M. Bischoff (Ed.): The role of archives in online information systems. Contributions to a workshop in the State Archives in Münster 8.-9. July 1998 . Munster 1999.
  • with Karl Heinrich Kaufhold (ed.): City and handicraft in the Middle Ages and early modern times (=  urban research series A. Representations . Volume 54 ). Cologne / Weimar / Vienna 2000.
  • with Norbert Reimann (Ed.): Forced Labor in Germany. Archives and groupage, topography and development strategies . Bielefeld 2001.
  • with Karl Heinrich Kaufhold (Hrsg.): Stadt und Bergbau (=  urban research series A. Representations . Volume 64 ). Cologne / Weimar / Vienna 2004.
  • with Heinz Duchhardt (Ed.): City and Region. International research and perspectives. Colloquium for Peter Johanek . Cologne / Weimar / Vienna 2005.
  • with Mechthild Black-Veldtrup and Michael Farrenkopf (eds.): The tradition of the Prussian mining administration. Experiences and perspectives for processing the subject inventory of the Prussian mining, smelter and salt works administration, 1763–1865 . Bochum / Münster 2005.
  • with Reinhard Köhne and Thomas Stöller (eds.): Mining in the Sauerland. Westphalian mining in Roman times and in the early Middle Ages . Munster 2006.
  • with Manfred Groten , Peter Johanek and Margret Wensky (eds.): Handbook of Historic Places. North Rhine-Westphalia . 3. Edition. Stuttgart 2006.
  • with Christoph Nonn and Wolf-Rüdiger Schleidgen (eds.): The cabinet minutes of the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia 1966–1970 (sixth electoral period) . Introduced and edited by Andreas Pilger, 2 vols. Siegburg 2006.
  • with Andreas Pilger (ed.): Lessons from Cologne. Documentation of the expert hearing "The Cologne Archive Collapse and the Consequences" . Düsseldorf 2009.
  • with Frank M. Bischoff and Christoph Nonn (eds.): The cabinet minutes of the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia 1970–1975 (seventh electoral period) . Introduced and edited by Martin Schlemmer, 2 vols. Düsseldorf 2009.
  • with Manfred Groten and Clemens von Looz-Corswaren (eds.): The Jülich-Klevische Erbfolgestreit 1609. Its requirements and its consequences (=  publications of the Historical Commission for Westphalia, New Series . Volume 1 ). Düsseldorf 2011.
  • with Clemens Rehm (Ed.): Guidelines for dealing with cultural assets and emergencies. New strategies for preventing and repairing damage to archival material . Düsseldorf 2011.
  • with Werner Freitag (Ed.): Castles in Westphalia. Defense systems, mansions, economic centers (12th – 14th centuries). Contributions to the conference on September 10 and 11, 2010 in Hemer . Münster 2012.
  • with Marcus Stumpf (ed.): Official books as sources of regional historical research . Münster 2012.
  • with Peter Oestmann (Ed.): The files of the Reich Chamber Court. Key to premodern history (=  publications of the North Rhine-Westphalia State Archives ). Düsseldorf 2012.
  • with Bernd Walter (Ed.): Spaces - Limits - Identities. Westphalia as an object of state and regional historical research . Paderborn 2013.
  • with Marcus Stumpf (Ed.): Treasury and tax lists as sources of regional historical research . Münster 2014.

As a processor

  • with Hans Vollmerhaus: Inventory of the inventory K 1 IHK Dortmund, Vol. 4: (1980) 1918–1932 . Dortmund 1983.
  • Sources on the history of the craft. An inventory for the district handicrafts in Westphalia and Lippe . Dortmund 1984.
  • with Gabriele Unverferth: Inventory of inventory F 62 United Deutsche Nickel-Werke AG formerly Westphalian nickel rolling mill Fleitmann, Witte & Co. Schwerte . Dortmund 1986.
  • with Klaus Pradler: Sources on the economic history of Iserlohn . Dortmund 1987.
  • Inventory of inventory F 3 machine tool factory Wagner & Co., Dortmund (1855) 1865–1978 . Dortmund 1990.
  • Friedrich Harkort, Kamp & Co - The mechanical workshop in Wetter. Inventory for inventory F 1.2 vol . Dortmund 1993.
  • with Bernd D. Plaumann: The Münster Chamber of Commerce and its archive 1854–1926. Inventory for inventory K 5 . Dortmund 1993.
  • Metalworking and Foreign Trade in County Mark 1674–1726. Sources from Uppsala and Hagen . Munster 1995.
  • with Hartmut Schaldt and Ralf Stremmel: Handbook for the history of the Westphalian-Lippe savings banks, 2 vols. Dortmund 1998.
  • with Ralf Stremmel: Company archive Gussstahl-Werk Witten and family archive Berger. Inventory for holdings F 81 and N24 . Dortmund 1999.
  • The Münster State Archive and its holdings. Vol. 5: Territorial archives of Minden, Ravensburg, Tecklenburg, Lingen and Herford . Munster 2000.
  • with Jürgen Kloosterhuis: The "Taschenbuch Romberg". The County of Mark in the Prussian statistics of 1804 (=  Publications of the Historical Commission for Westphalia XXII A . Band 14 ). Munster 2001.
  • Sources on the history of the city of Brilon 1482–1578 (=  publications of the State Archives of North Rhine-Westphalia . Volume 49 ). Munster 2003.
  • with Herta Sagebiel: The diaries of Ludwig Freiherrn von Vincke 1789–1844. Vol. 1: 1789-1792 . Munster 2009.
  • with Tobias Meyer-Zurwelle, Herta Sagebiel and Tobias Schenk: The diaries of Ludwig Baron von Vincke 1789–1844. Vol. 2: 1792-1793 . Münster 2011.


  • Frank M. Bischoff (Ed.): Committed to the past, the future in view. Colloquium of the North Rhine-Westphalia State Archives on the occasion of the farewell to Prof. Dr. Wilfried Reininghaus (= publications of the North Rhine-Westphalia State Archives. Vol. 54). Verlagdruckerei Schmidt, Neustadt an der Aisch 2015, ISBN 978-3-87707-910-2 (in it p. 126–171 a detailed list of the 458 writings published by Wilfried Reininghaus 1973–2014).

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  1. LWL Newsroom of April 13, 2018: Dr. Mechthild Black-Veldtrup is the new chairwoman of the Historical Commission for Westphalia at the LWL , accessed on April 13, 2018.