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Prof. Dr. Michael Friedrich | © Michael Friedrich

29 January 2020, 18:30
Lecture by Prof. Dr. Michael Friedrich, University of Hamburg
In philology, manuscripts traditionally serve for editing the texts contained in them or, at best, for using several of them in order to draw up a version that is as close as possible to the "original text". The lecture will sketch newer approaches and show the perspectives offered for interdisciplinary and inter-cultural fundamental research.

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Hans VI. Tucher, Miniatur im Großen Tucherbuch, 1590 – 1606 | © Stadtarchiv Nürnberg/Inventarnummer: E29/III, 258, fol. 74r

Today, travellers have a wide range of information at their disposal, from conventional travel literature to experience reports on the Internet. But which media did travellers use in the late Middle Ages? Who was even able to travel? Pioneers of travel at that time were pilgrims. As a result, one of the most important German-language travel reports of this time is thanks to a Jerusalem pilgrim, Hans VI Tucher (1428 – 1491).

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© BillionPhotos.com – fotolia.com

The historical archives of the British dailies "The Daily Telegraph" (1855 – 2000) and "Daily Mail" (1896 – 2004), as well as that of "The Listener" (1929 – 1991), a weekly publication of the BBC containing discussions and comments on predominantly cultural and intellectual radio programmes, have now been made available in digital form at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

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Visual History Archive | © ProQuest

The recently licensed database "Visual History Archive" offers access to 55,000 digitized interviews recorded in 62 countries and in 41 languages, predominantly with survivors of the Holocaust.

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Russia Presidential Election 2018 | © East View Information Services

Political scientists and historians in the field of eastern-European studies in Germany can look forward to free-of-charge access to the new database "Russia Presidential Election 2018", for which a license has been acquired recently within the scope of the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies.

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Hofbibliothek 1789 im Wilhelminum neben der Kirche St. Michael | © BSB/Bildarchiv

Elector Karl Theodor (reigned 1777 – 1799) decided on 18 December 1789 to have his Munich court library "opened for use by all and sundry ... without distinction of class or status ... for the promotion of scholarship". The princely book collection was on its way to a state institution; its opening constituted a milestone for the public.

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Ausschnitt aus dem ersten Rollup der Dokumentarausstellung | © Generalkonsulat der Republik Bulgarien in München

15 November 2019 – 15 January 2020
The Bulgarian Consulate General in Munich celebrates the 140th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two countries with a documentary exhibition, making phases from the development of German-Bulgarian diplomacy visible from 1879 to the present.

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Kosmographie Muḥammed Ibn-Zakarīyā al-Qazwīnīs (Die Wunder der Schöpfung). Version aus dem 18. Jahrhundert | © BSB/Cod.arab. 463

In the course of the coming three years, the German Research Foundation will fund the development of a union catalogue and of a portal "Orient-Digital" for oriental manuscripts. It is intended to establish common cataloguing standards, to convert printed catalogues into electronic ones and to pool all existing electronic catalogue entries. Under the direction of the Oriental Department of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, the Gotha Research Library, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich and the University Computation Center (URZ) Leipzig will be cooperating closely.

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Belarus Anti-Fascist Resistance Collection | © East View Information Services

The Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies has acquired two new source collections with so far unpublished or not readily accessible materials on the resistance against the German occupation of Belarus during the Second World War.

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© Adam Matthew Digital

The diverse and comprehensive collection on ethnomusicology includes materials from all over the world. The database contains thousands of audio field recordings and interviews, educational recordings, film materials, field books, slides, correspondence and ephemera from more than 60 fields of study, from West Africa, North America and South-East Asia among other regions.

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© BillionPhotos.com – fotolia.com

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has recently extended access to the digital newspaper archives of two of the biggest American dailies again: "The New York Times" from 1851 to 2015 and "The Washington Post" from 1877 to 2002.

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Bayerische Staatsbibliothek übergibt 203 Bücher an das Deutsche Freimaurermuseum in Bayreuth | © BSB/U. Rehusch

Within the framework of an event on 4 December 2019, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has restituted 203 illegally acquired books from its holdings to the German Masonic Museum in Bayreuth in the presence of Minister of Sciences Bernd Sibler. The library thus continues its endeavours started in 2003 to return NS loot to its original owners or their heirs or legal successors.

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Maria Janitschek (1859 – 1927): Mimikry, ein Stück modernes Leben | © BSB/bavarikon

Following the Evas Töchter (Eve's daughters) exhibition at the Monacensia in the Hildebrandhaus (2018) and looking back on 100 years of women's suffrage, the bavarikon exhibition wants to take influential women writers in Bavaria into account. On display are digital copies from Munich's female writers, all of whose personal papers are kept in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek – their fictional works and essays, their correspondence with the city's cultural and literary personalities within and outside the women's movement, as well as portraits of their most important representatives.

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Bibliotheksforum Bayern, Coverausschnitt | © BSB/Bibliotheksforum Bayern

"When you take a look at the table of contents of this issue of Bibliotheksforum Bayern, you will notice at once: the issue is penetrated in its entirety by all things digital. Not only are there five articles explicitly dedicated to the digital library, but there are also other sections which deal with this topic again and again: 'Continuity in the midst of change: Increasing use of digital media', 'Blended learning, gamification and co.' and 'Social media in professional training' – the article titles speak a clear language."

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„Die Ungeborenen“ | COPYRIGHT ANSELM KIEFER. Fotos: BSB/L. Landes

The Directors General of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Dr. Klaus Ceynowa and Dr. Dorothea Sommer, were delighted to take a look at the artist’s book created in 2002, for which Anselm Kiefer treated photographs with ash and lead. "Die Ungeborenen" – the unborn – are all children who were aborted, never begotten or those who will be born in the future. The prominent recent acquisition joins a further Libri Selecti of the artist: The large-format "Euridike" came to the collection of artists’ books almost 30 years ago.

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Kunstvoll bemalter tibetischer Buchdeckel, 15./16. Jahrhundert | © BSB/Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

The collection of over 100 Tibetan book covers of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has been expanded by a show-piece from the 15th/ 16th century. The artistically painted specimen shows the historical Buddha with his students and characters of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Kurfürst Karl Theodor von Pfalz-Bayern (1724 – 1799) | © BSB/Bildarchiv

21 November 2019 – 30 April 2020
Cabinet presentation from the series "Musical treasures"
With the accession to power of Elector Karl Theodor in 1778, a new epoch started also for music in Munich. The musicians of the famous Mannheim court orchestra accompanied the Elector and set new standards in the music scene in Munich. In a presentation in the hallway of the Department of Music, facsimiles of music manuscripts of the Mannheim composers are shown. In addition, there are libretti on operas, melodramas and ballets by the court musicians, first editions of printed sheet music, contemporary portraits and documentary material.

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Beispiele „Inhaltsverzeichnisse und mehr” im OPACplus/BSB-Katalog | © BSB

Around 1.2 million tables of contents, registers, blurbs, abstracts and more permit checking the content of scholarly book publications during your research in the OPACplus/ BSB catalogue already before ordering, and thus permit ordering the desired titles in a more targeted manner.

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Kolorierte Darstellungen von 193 Männern des bayrischen Fürstenhauses von Bavarus bis Albrecht 1546, mit historischen Reimsprüchen (Papierhandschrift) |  © BSB/Cgm 2799

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has just made its 2.5 millionth digital copy available online. Around 70 percent of its copyright-free holdings have thus been made freely accessible on the Internet. Scholars, researchers and the broad public are thus provided with fast and easy access to important treasures of culture and knowledge.

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Speisekarte Donisl | © Bayerisches Wirtschaftsarchiv/bavarikon

From a handwritten slip of paper of a Munich "Boazn" – a simple pub – to the elaborately printed "official menu" of a bourgeois traditional restaurant: As of now, bavarikon offers menus of Munich catering businesses from the time between 1888 and 1983. They form part of the archive materials of the large Munich breweries Löwenbräu and Paulanerbräu, which are kept at the Bavarian Economic Archive.

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Arbor consanguinitatis, Paris, 13. Jahrhundert. Aus: Henricus de Segusia, Summa aurea | © BSB/Clm 28160, Blatt 320r

The newly available volume of scholarly catalogues of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek comprises not only the French illuminated manuscripts from the 10th to the end of the 14th century, but Ulrike Bauer-Eberhardt also describes all English and Spanish manuscripts with adornments.

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Bibliotheksmagazin 3/19

The "Bibliotheksmagazin" is published three times per year to report about the collections, activities and services of the state libraries in Berlin and Munich. Issue 3/ 19 has just been published.

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MÜNCHEN. SCHAU her! Kalender 2020 | © BSB/Bildarchiv

On the occasion of next year’s exhibition "MUNICH. Now LOOK at that! – The Image Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek" (06/03 – 21/06/2020) we offer, for the first time, an opulent wall calendar at the special price of EUR 9.00, which is available at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and by purchase order. The calendar features partly unpublished rare photographs from our photographic archives.

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© Deutsches Kulturforum östliches Europa

1 October – 30 December 2019
Cabinet presentation
The cabinet presentation in German and Czech is composed of ten richly illustrated banners on topics like "Protestant movements in the 16th century", "Hus und Luther" or "Religious diversity in Moravia". The exhibition project of the German Culture Forum for Central and Eastern Europe has been set up in cooperation with the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren.

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LMUcard | © Zentrale Universitätsverwaltung der LMU München

Most students of the LMU have already obtained their personal LMUcard. The LMUcard replaces the white library reader pass valid so far, since the library function – also for the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek – has been integrated in the LMUcard. Please note that the white reader passes starting with the numbers 31 to 39 will become invalid as of 30 September 2019.

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musiconn, Logo

The Department of Music of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has developed a new service for the expert community of musicology together with the Saxon State and University Library Dresden: musiconn – the new portal of the Specialised Information Service for Musicology, has been launched online now, in a beta version for the time being.

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TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE WORLD'S OCEANS! | © Oxford University Press

Up to the end of 2019, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek offers registered users the opportunity to test online reference works of the scholarly publishing house Oxford University Press on a great variety of disciplines free of charge.

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Bibliotheksforum Bayern, Coverausschnitt | © BSB/Bibliotheksforum Bayern

Inclusion programmes in libraries, 70th anniversary of the International Youth Library and intercultural understanding, the TUM Speaker’s Corner, historical book treasures in Bavaria... The new issue of Bibliotheksforum Bayern (2019, issue 3) is available online now!

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Sergej Michalkov: Bojcy vorošilovcy. Moskva, 1938 | © BSB/L.sel.I 5062

The Eastern European collection of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has acquired a number of rare children's books in recent years from the antiquarian book trade, which document military and war propaganda of the years 1938 to 1945 which had been directed explicitly at children.

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Schlagwort-Zettelkatalog der Kriegssammlung | © BSB

On time for the end of the 100-year anniversary of the First World War and the November Revolution, the adding of the old subject headings from the time between 1914 and 1981 in the homonymous special catalogue of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek could be concluded.

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