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German Studies Web: Major and Minor Digital Projects

This page provides an overview of major digitization projects of interest to scholars and students in German Studies. It focuses on retrospective digitization of older materials. For digital versions of modern reference books etc. consult, for example, the Reference Shelf.

For more comprehensive listings and additional projects consult the following sites:


A superb compilation of digital projects in German Studies or from German-speaking countries.
Portal zu Bibliotheken, Archiven, Museen.
A subset of the DFG projects in GEPRIS (below.)
Convenient access to a number of major digitization projects conducted by the BSB.
Portal to digital content from German libraries, archives, museums, research institutions, and other organizations. The site provides access to texts such as books, articles, dissertations, and manuscripts; images of paintings, maps, museum objects, and more.
Very large, international list of digital collections containing German books.
Literally hundreds of millions of digitized photos from German cultural institutions.
Collection of links to historical source documents of the early modern period.
A database of digitization projects conducted under the auspices of the DFG.
A guide to hundreds of German digital projects and the sponsoring institutions.
A guide to digital collections from European museums, archives and libraries.
  • Vascoda (2003-2011)
Interdisciplinary internet portal sponsored by the DFG, now defunct.

Periodicals & Newspapers

Historical Source Materials and Images


Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Digitized Books & Manuscripts

Web Editions of Individual Authors

(Only freely accessible scholarly projects are listed)

  • DigiBaeck
    Search the digital collections at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York, NY. Over 75% of the archival collection is available online, including 2000 manuscripts and memoirs. In addition, many of the collection's books, photographs, and other material may be viewed online.
  • Karl Gutzkow Digitale Gesamtausgabe
  • Heinrich Heine Portal
    A major project that combines the Düsseldorfer Heine-Ausgabe and the Heine-Säkularausgabe.
  • Immanuel Kant: Gesammelte Schriften
    The 23 volumes of the Akademie Ausgabe are available in searchable full text.
  • FPG & FrL e-Texts
    E-Editions include the Canadian author Frederick Philip Grove (aka Felix Paul Greve)'s 1927 & 1946 autobiographies, & the revealing recollections of the dada Baroness Else von Freytag-Loringhoven. (Archives & Special Collections, University of Manitoba)

See also Literature

See Library Catalogs for bibliographies, catalogs and other finding aids

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Acknowledgements The German Studies Web is designed to provide access to scholarly resources in German Studies, including all German-speaking countries. The resources organized here have undergone a selection and evaluation process. If needed, annotations have been provided augmenting the research value of these resources to scholars.
The editor for the German Studies Web is Jo McInnis. We welcome contributors.

Comments and further suggestions may be sent to: jwesterd[at]

The German Studies Web is part of the Western European Studies Section Web of resources for Western European studies.



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