Princess Sibylle von Cleve. Painting by Lucas Cranach d.Ä., 1526. Palace Museum in City Palace © Klassik Stiftung Weimar

Digitalisation of the holdings of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar

The Klassik Stiftung Weimar owns collections which comprise an extraordinary assortment of literary estates, autographs, antique prints, maps, photographs, drawings, graphic sheets and other museum holdings, all of which are an integral part of our national cultural heritage. In future, the goal is to create a digital copy of these documents and items irrespective of their indispensable original form. The project “Digitalisation of the holdings of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar” aims to expand the scope of digital cultural content, and in so doing, tap the potential of innovative information technologies in Thuringia. The digitalisation measures now being implemented at the Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek, the Goethe- und Schiller-Archiv and the museums of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar aim to fundamentally modernise the technical capabilities in book and manuscript digitalisation. More specifically, specialised technology will allow curators to carefully digitalise extremely rare and fragile books at the Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek. With the aid of scanning devices, researchers will be able to conduct material-scientific analyses in order to comprehensively identify the material composition of selected museum holdings.

The project has secured funding for five years (2017-2021) and is partially financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Free State of Thuringia.