New Content Provider: Bistumsarchiv Fulda

A new Content Provider from Germany has just joined Archives Portal Europe – the Bistumsarchiv Fulda, Archives of the Archdiocese of Fulda.


fuldaThe archives were established in 1965, and they hold documentation on the central administration as well as the deaneries, pastoral associations, and parishes of the bishopric. Spatially, the area extends from Hanau via Fulda to Kassel and Marburg.

The archive keeps the entire records of the diocese since the papal bull “Provida solersque” on the 16 August 1821; the Archdiocese was established in 1752, but documents from that era are only partially available in the diocese archive, as the vast majority of older holdings are preserved in the Hessian State Archives Marburg, which are already Content Provider for Archives Portal Europe – this new “acquisition” on part of Archives Portal Europe is a way to reunite the collections while preserving their historical differences! 

The oldest documents of the Bistumsarchiv Fulda, official books and documents of the diocesan archives, date back to the end of the 16th century.

In addition to the archives of the diocesan administration, the diocese archive keeps the collections of various ecclesiastical institutions and organizations, events and collections. The older church books of the diocese are largely available on microfilm.

All finding aids will soon be available on Archives Portal Europe





Time Machine 2019 Conference

Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden (Germany), 10-11 October 2019

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The Time Machine project is hosting its annual conference at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum in Dresden. The Time Machine aims to develop the Big Data of the Past, creating a large distributed digital information system mapping the European social, cultural and geographical evolution across times.

This large-scale digitisation and computing infrastructure will enable Europe to turn its long history, as well as its multilingualism and multiculturalism, into a living social and economic resource. Archives Portal Europe is a supporting partner of the Time Machine.

The conference programme includes distinguished speakers from Europe’s leading science, technology and cultural institutions who will discuss the potential of cultural heritage data for education, creative and media industries, entertainment, urban planning, policy-making .

Furthermore, there will be a special panel with representatives from different Directorates General of the European Commission, and a discussion to establish a European view on ICT and Cultural Heritage, elaborating on the challenges faced by Europe and its citizens, and assessing future perspectives for research and innovation, including sustainable cultural tourism and the legacy of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.
Panelists include:

  • Mihai Christian Brasoveanu (European Commission, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology),
  • Anne Grady (European Commission, Directorate-General for Education and Culture),
  • Pascal Lievaux (Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage) and
  • Harry Verwayen (Europeana Foundation)

All information on the conference website; it will be also possible to follow the proceedings and participate to the discussion on Twitter through the hashtag #TimeMachine19

Kriegsfolgenarchivgut: Compensation, burden-sharing and reparation in archiving and research

Bundesarchiv-Lastenausgleichsarchiv, Bayreuth (Germany), 14-15 October 2019

With reference to the outbreak of the Second World War 80 years ago and to the establishment of the load-balancing archive 30 years ago, the Federal Archives intends to hold a scientific conference on 14 and 15 October 2019 in the Central Archive for Load Balancing (load-balancing archive) of the Federal Archives in Bayreuth, which hold the records related to  compensation and reparations for victims of authoritarian regimes in the 20th Century.

The conference will be held in German – more information and the programme available here (in German)

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#BuildingPeace – Serbia: the treaties

A very informative Featured Document from Serbia as part of our online exhibition #BuildingPeace – From the Historical Archives of Belgrade, a copy of the Treaty of Versailles, the Treaty of Saint-Germain, and the Treaty of Neuilly, regulating respectively the conditions of Peace with Germany, with Austria, and with Bulgaria. Read all about the peace clauses here

The conditions of peace

Plakat zu den Bedingungen dm Versailler Vertrages, Hrsg. unbekannt. Mai 1919 Quelle: BArch, Mak 002-008-015 / Oppenheim, Louis

“What must we lose!”

German reparations after World War I were the core point of the negotiations in the Paris Peace Conference, and the focus of the power struggle between France and Germany. While the peace conference following “the war to end all wars” (in the words of British commentator H.G. Wells) was supposed to establish perpetual peace in Europe, the reparations imposed to Germany were aimed at destroying and humiliate the enemy. The most important economist of the 20th Century, John Maynard Keynes, quit his role as delegate of the British Treasury, and called the treaty a Carthaginian peace that would economically destroy Germany.