Holdings and Collections
Established from Fontane’s literary estate, the Theodor Fontane Archive commands over a comprehensive inventory of manuscripts, documents and realia. It has been continuously augmented through acquisitions and expanded through reception testimonials. Moreover we command over a continuously expanding library with nearly all literature from and to Fontane. Collections, loans as well as estates and pre-death estates out of Fontane’s social sphere and significant Fontane researchers round out our inventory.
The entire holdings are accessible, in conjunction with our user services, for research purposes. Moreover, we will be making the completely digitized inventory of manuscripts successively available in our digital manuscript collection. Research of primary and secondary literature from and about Fontane is possible with the online Fontane bibliography from Wolfgang Rasch.
The archive‘s collection of manuscripts springs from Theodor Fontane’s estate, to the extent that Brandenburg’s provincial government (Brandenburgische Provinzialverwaltung) could acquire it in 1935. It encompasses working manuscripts, records, as well as life testimonies, like journals and housekeeping books. It further contains the world’s most comprehensive collection of letters to and from Fontane including numerous circuitous letters (Umkreisbriefe) from his milieu. Additionally, we possess some 12,000 pages of transcripts and copies of partially lost manuscripts.
The Theodor Fontane Archive’s collection Areas encompasses all editions of Theodor Fontane’s work, translations, filmizations and musical renderings of the works, reception testimonies, as well as the entire research literature to Fontane and his work. Besides monographs, anthologies, essays and dissertations, we collect grey literature such as off prints, society notes, institutional documents, private prints, scripts, unpublished research articles etc.