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Project managers (at projects conclusion):

  • Dr. Anne Liewert
  • Michael Porzberg

Project funding: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Projekt period: 1998–2016

Projekt description:

The manuscripts available at ULB Düsseldorf are among the most important collections in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Spanning a period from the 9th to 16th centuries, the collection comprises around 400 manuscripts. Since the majority of the secularised manuscripts come from 22 monasteries, foundations and convents in the Rhineland and Westphalia, they are influenced even more strongly by liturgy and theology than can be expected anyway of collections of medieval manuscripts.

During this project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the manuscripts from call number groups B to P were catalogued according to the DFG manuscript cataloguing guidelines.

Düsseldorf’s manuscript catalogue has been published in several volumes:

  • Die mittelalterlichen Handschriften der Signaturengruppe B in der Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Düsseldorf. Teil 1. Ms. B 1 bis B 100, beschrieben von Eef Overgaauw, Joachim Ott und Gerhard Karpp. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2005. (Kataloge der Handschriftenabteilung. Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Düsseldorf. Band 1).
    ISBN 3-447-05072-1
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  • Die mittelalterlichen Handschriften der Signaturengruppe B in der Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Düsseldorf. Teil 2. Ms. B 101a bis B 214, beschrieben von Agata Mazurek und Joachim Ott. Hrsg. von Irmgard Siebert und Gabriele Dreis. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2011. (Kataloge der Handschriftenabteilung. Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Düsseldorf. Band 2).
    ISBN 3-447-06222-0
  • Die mittelalterlichen Handschriften der Signaturengruppe C in der Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Düsseldorf. Beschrieben von Agata Mazurek. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2012. (Kataloge der Handschriftenabteilung. Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Düsseldorf. Band 3).
    ISBN 978-3-447-06724-9
  • Die mittelalterlichen Handschriften und Fragmente der Signaturengruppe D in der Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Düsseldorf. Beschrieben von Katrin Janz-Wenig, Monika E. Müller und Gregor Patt. Teil 1 und 2. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2015. (Kataloge der Handschriftenabteilung. Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Düsseldorf. Band 4).
    ISBN 978-3-447-10514-9
  • Die mittelalterlichen Handschriften der Signaturengruppen E, F, G, N und P in der Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Düsseldorf. Beschrieben von Monika E. Müller und Katrin Janz-Wenig. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz (Kataloge der Handschriftenabteilung. Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Düsseldorf. Band 5).
    ISBN 978-3-447-10741-9

Access to the medieval manuscripts in den the Digital Collections.

Project manager:  Kathrin Lucht-Roussel

Project funding: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Project period: 01.06.2009–15.09.2011

Project description:

As part of a project to digitalise the library’s holdings, the collection of illustrated books by the Düsseldorf School of Paintings, which is unique in its completeness, has been digitalised and made available to the public for free via ULB Düsseldorf’s Digital Collections. In addition to the digitalisation, the project involved in-depth formal and content-related indexing.

By the end of the project, the holdings comprised 265 books and portfolios by renowned artists such as Alfred Rethel, Caspar Scheuren, Adolph Schroedter and Benjamin Vautier. Digitalisation of these holdings enables a comprehensive overview of the book illustrations of the Düsseldorf School of Paintings for the first time and provides a basis for further research into illustrated books of the 19th century. Subsequent additions to the holdings are also presented in the Digital Collections.

Access the Düsseldorfer School of Paintings in the Digital Collections.

Project managers:

  • Kathrin Lucht-Roussel (01.11.2009–31.01.2012)
  • Sandra Heppener (01.09.2012–30.11.2013)
  • Kathrin Kessen (01.12.2013–31.03.2014)

Project funding: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Project period:

  • 01.11.2009–31.01.2012 (1. Förderabschnitt)
  • 01.09.2012–31.03.2014 (2. Förderabschnitt)

Project description:

Funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG) has enabled ULB Düsseldorf to digitalise one of its most important collections, the Pharmaceutical History Library of Dr Helmut Vester.

Düsseldorf Medical Academy, which was the precursor to HHU, acquired the Vester Collection in 1961. It contains titles from all areas of pharmaceutical history from the 16th to 20th centuries. A comprehensive collection of pharmacopoeias originating from almost all regions of Germany and numerous European countries as well as a large collection of herb and plant books from the 16th to 19th centuries are particularly worthy of note.

Dr Helmut Vester (1913–2002) was a Düsseldorf-based pharmacist, who compiled a comprehensive collection of diverse sources on the history of pharmacy after the Second World War. The Vester Archive – Institute of the History of Pharmacy is stored in three different libraries, whereby the most significant collection can be found at ULB Düsseldorf.

The project comprised two funding periods. The first two-year funding phase ended in January 2012 and involved digitalising about two thirds of the public holdings (approx. 1,900 volumes). The remaining 900-odd volumes were digitalised during the second funding phase. The entire project was successfully concluded on 31 March 2014. A total of 2,876 volumes (1,240,794 images) are now available online for free. The Vester Collection is structured systematically on the collection website, allowing the collection to be explored by theme.

Access Vester Collection in the Digital Collections.

Literature:

  • Sandra Heppener: Vom Original zum Digitalisat – Das DFG-Projekt „Pharmaziehistorische Bibliothek Dr. Helmut Vester”. In: ProLibris 18 (2013) 1, S. 30-33. (Online-Zugriff)
     
  • Irmgard Siebert: Sammlungen entdecken, erhalten, erschließen und vernetzen: zehn Jahre Qualitätsdigitalisierung an der ULB Düsseldorf. In: ProLibris 18 (2013) 2, S. 62-69, hier S. 65. (Online-Zugriff)
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