Helmstedt Prints Online

Digitization of the former University of Helmstedt’s print production

This objective of the project is the image and full text digitization of all works printed at Helmstedt belonging to the Herzog August Bibliothek. The library has about 10.000 copies printed at Helmstedt up to the closure of the university in 1810. In the first two-year term of the project, all prints from the 16th and 17th century will be digitized and the images will be enriched with structural metadata for navigational purposes. The digital copies will also be catalogued in the union catalogue (GVK) as well as the VD16 and VD17 databases. Concurrently, for the first time, a large quantity of pages will be processed with an OCR-application and transformed into electronic, fully searchable full-text files. In the project’s second phase, the Helmstedt prints originating from the 18th century will be digitized, catalogued according to national bibliographic standards and will be allocated a potential VD18 database for subsequent use.

With the almost complete digitization of the print production of one of the most important academic printing places in northern Germany – Helmstedt is among the top ten of all printing places in the VD17 database - this project will make a substantial contribution to the overall digitization of printed German culture heritage.

For the first time, this project provides an overview of the print production of an important university in the early modern period. The project underpins the HAB’s programmatic and long-term focus on the research of the University of Helmstedt’s history. It will make its results immediately avaliable to other research activities concerning the University of Helmstedt.

This project is part of the HAB’s research focus on the University Helmstedt’s history.
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PURL: http://diglib.hab.de/?link=023


Funding: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Duration: March 2010 – September 2015 (still in progress)
Contact: Andrea Opitz
Phone: +49(0)5331-808-314, Fax -173