The Friends of the Duchess Anna Amalia Library established in 2003 to provide the library conceptual and material support. Since the devastating fire in September 2004, the association has worked to collect donations to rebuild the collection and restore the most severely damaged books and manuscripts. It also organises lecture series and promotes partnerships with other library-support associations.
Res Gallicae is a collaborative project between three Parisian workshops, which is restoring the paper pages of volumes damaged in the 2004 fire. Their work is being funded through donations, sponsoring and the generous support of book patrons. The cost of restoring the 2,400 volumes of French provenance is estimated at 3.6 million euros. The non-profit organisation Res Gallicae was established in Paris to support the ongoing restoration efforts, which are scheduled to conclude in 2015. The French president François Hollande and German federal president Joachim Gauck have accepted joint patronage for this remarkable German-French cultural project.
The fire in the Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek also damaged works by Swiss intellectuals, particularly those of the 18th century. Numerous valuable books, volumes and editions of Swiss origin – referred to as Helvetica – were either damaged or completely destroyed. The Pro Helvetica in Weimar was founded in Switzerland in 2007 and is collecting donations to restore more than 1,100 Swiss books or books thematically related to Switzerland. A working group of three renowned Swiss restoration workshops has been exclusively commissioned to do the work. 365 volumes in the Helvetica project have been restored to date. A number of Swiss foundations have made significant contribution to the project, e.g. the Sophie and Karl Bindung Foundation, the Ernst Göhner Foundation, the Avina Foundation, the Artephila Foundation and the Federal Cultural Office in Berne. Its patrons are the President of the Swiss Confederation, the Swiss ambassador in Berlin and the German ambassador in Berne.
The Hector Stiftung has supported efforts to catalogue the incunabula collection, index the Faust collection and catalogue more than 845 family registers dating between 1550 and 1950. The funding provided by the Hector Stiftung has made a strong impact in the field of art and culture around the world.
The Volkswagen Foundation is contributing a total of 950,000 euros to help restore the books damaged in the fire. The main focus of funding is on developing innovative processes to restore leather-bound volumes damaged by fire. Digitalisation measures and an interactive online module to supplement index data are also being implementing. The digitalised works will be made publicly accessible via the Internet. As many of these books and manuscripts (including considerable remnants of the music collection) have lost their bindings and title pages, the project has invited scientist to help identify the works by means of an interactive element. The process is based on the existing document management system »Monographs Digital«, which requires further expansion. The preliminary results of the project were presented at a workshop in 2010, and the final results will be presented at a two-day conference in Weimar when the project concludes in 2012.
Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, Amersfoort/Netherlands
Swiss National Library, Berne
Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden
Germanistik im Netz - Virtuelle Fachbibliothek Germanistik, Frankfurt am Main
Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM, Freiburg im Breisgau
Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart
Bavarian State Library, Munich
University Library Radboud University, Netherlands
Nietzsche Source, École normale supérieure/Association HyperNietzsche, Paris
National Library of Russia, St. Petersburg
Austrian National Library, Vienna
Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel