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Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (1876 – 1948) | © BSB/ Image Archive

The works of the German-Italian composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (1876 – 1948) have no longer been protected by copyright since the start of the year 2019. Wolf-Ferrari, who lived and worked in Munich for many years, became famous predominantly as a composer of operas, but also created numerous chamber music works. The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek holds a unique collection of his music manuscripts, which can now be made available online almost in its entirety to everybody interested.

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Lead letters of Futura semi-bold, with a print executed in Futura semi-bold in the background | © BSB/ Ana A I.

Together with students of the Institute for German Philology under the direction of Prof. Dr. Waldemar Fromm and Laura Mokrohs and with the University Library of the LMU Munich, the Division of Personal Papers (Dr. Rahel Bacher and Dr. Maximilian Schreiber) has devised and set up an extensive exhibition on Paul Renner.

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The publishing house Gruner + Jahr commits the analogue photographic archive of the journal STERN to the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) in Munich, in order to secure the long-term existence of the archive and to make it accessible to the public and to research. The donation comprises over 15 million photographs from the years 1948 to 1997 in the form of prints, negatives and slides. The archive constitutes one of the largest collections of photographs in the German language area. It is considered the visual memory of the Federal Republic of Germany and one of the most important documents of photo journalism on a worldwide scale.

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Terrestrial globe by Gerhard Mercator. Copper engraving on cardboard with gypsum chalk ground. Leuven, 1541 | © BSB – Amberg Provincial Library, EG-Mercator

As of 21 January 2019, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek shows books, maps and globes of the 16th and 17th century in the second part of its exhibition “God, the World and Bavaria”. Titled “From the Orient and the Occident”, a number of outstanding pieces are shown, such as two globes of Gerhard Mercator, the celestial atlas of Andreas Cellarius, “De Revolutionibus” of Nicolaus Copernicus and a coat of arms of Lucas Cranach the Elder.

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Training courses | © VIGE.co – fotolia.com

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek offers a broad spectrum of literature and search possibilities – no matter whether you require material for scholarly works, for professional or private further training and education. Our courses are intended to help you find your way through the information jungle. We are looking forward to your visit!

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Inspired by Hermann Lingg's (1820 – 1905) humorous poem "Das Krokodil zu Singapur" ("The crocodile of Singapore"), the association of poets from Munich was called "Das Krokodil" or "Die Krokodile" when it was founded in 1857. In line with this, the symbol of the association was of course a crocodile. A new virtual exhibition at bavarikon now presents a portrait of this poets' society.

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© Sovfoto / Universal Images Group [Photograph]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. https://quest-1eb-1com-10010b4eq0af9.emedia1.bsb-muenchen.de/search/300_273317/1/300_273317/cite

The digital source collection "The Chernobyl Files. Declassified Documents of the Ukrainian KGB" has been acquired recently within the scope of the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies. It makes Ukrainian and Soviet governmental documents on the nuclear disaster of Chernobyl accessible free of charge Germany-wide and at German institutes abroad.

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Max von Pettenkofer (1818 – 1901) | © BSB/ Image Archive

The city of Munich in particular celebrates the 200th birthday of Max von Pettenkofer on 3 December 2018, since the city owes its modern sewer system and the central drinking water supply to Germany's first hygienist, so that Munich was considered one of the world's cleanest cities at the end of the 19th century.

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Heinrich Kaminski (1886 – 1946) and Hugo Distler (1908 – 1942) | © Heinrich Kaminski Gesellschaft e. V. and BSB/ Image Archive

22 November 2018 – 29 March 2019
Cabinet presentation from the series "Musical treasures"
A cabinet presentation in the hallway leading to the Reading Room for Music, Maps and Images is centred on two of the most important German composers of the first half of the 20th century, whose personal papers are preserved by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek: Heinrich Kaminski (1886 – 1946) and Hugo Distler (1908 – 1942).

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Hermann Kaulbach to his eight-year-old daughter Dorothea | © BSB

In the autumn of 2018, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek acquired an important supplement of the personal papers (Ana 652) of Hermann Kaulbach (1846 – 1909). The son of the "prince of painters" Wilhelm von Kaulbach (1805 – 1874) became famous as a genre painter in particular. At the same time, he was at the centre of the Munich society. The most notable persons of his time were frequent guests at his house.

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Visual History Archive | © ProQuest

As of November 2018, the Specialised Information Services for Historical Studies and for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies offer access to 55,000 digitized interviews recorded in 62 countries and in 41 languages, predominantly with survivors of the Holocaust.

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© BSB/ A. Hofmann

On 31 October 2018, the 300,000th title has been entered in the Bibliography of German History (DHB). The DHB is developed within the scope of historicum.net – Specialised Information Service for Historical Studies.

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"Plaza" – The new space for learning and working on the ground floor | © BSB/ S. Gottstein

400 square metres, 130 new workplaces, modern design and high quality of stay: On 9 November 2018, at 11:00, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek inaugurates the new "Plaza" on the ground floor of the library building in Ludwigstrasse. The new space with a wide variety of workplace scenarios is the next step towards further improving services for the library users.

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The year before 68: Demonstration of students against the state of emergency in education, 1967, Glyptothek Munich | © BSB/ Image Archive

Revolutionary moves, the spirit of 1968 in Munich, writers, painters and artists in and around Breitbrunn on the Chiemsee – the Literaturportal Bayern presents new contents again on interesting historical and regional aspects of Bavarian literature in its modules Blog, Themen (topics) and Literaturland (land of literature).

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Oblique view of the three-dimensional profile of the Codex Aureus | © BSB/ Clm 14000

As a result of a four-year DFG project, an online database has now been made accessible on Western and Central-Asian adorned and luxurious book bindings and covers from the holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

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Berta Kaiser: Red Guard at Marienplatz, 1919 (detail) | © Münchner Stadtmuseum/ bavarikon

To mark the 100th birthday of the Free State, bavarikon presents the exciting and dramatic history of its beginnings in a virtual exhibition. Five chronological sections and an in-depth presentation bring the revolutionary years 1918/ 19 closer to you. The focus lies on the events taking place in Munich, which were decisive for the whole of Bavaria. In addition, diverse developments in ten other locations of Old Bavaria, Franconia and Swabia will be included.

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"Augsburg prayer" in Rhenish-Franconian written language, an important early linguistic monument documenting the Old High German language (9th century) | © BSB/ Clm 3851, 1r

Compiled by Juliane Trede in cooperation with Anja Freckmann, the third catalogue of the medieval Latin manuscripts from Augsburg preserved by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek contains descriptions of a total of 84 codices. By the exception of one book, all volumes are from the cathedral library of Augsburg, meaning that the complete collection from Augsburg held by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, which includes a total of 209 books, has now been catalogued.

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Gold-ruby glass cup from the personal estate of Friedrich Wilhelm von Thiersch (1784 – 1860) | © BSB/ Maximilian Schreiber

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has been presented with a beautiful gold-ruby glass cup from private ownership as a supplement to the personal estate of the classical philologist Friedrich Wilhelm von Thiersch (1784 – 1860). Thiersch had received the cup on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his doctorate.

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Prof. Dr. Ewald Frie | © Fany Fazii, Tübingen

The modern historian Ewald Frie gives a first résumé after a good two years of operation of the Specialised Information Service for Historical Studies (FID Historical Studies). Ewald Frie is a professor for modern history at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen and a member of the advisory council of the FID Historical Studies.

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Map of 2014 on "frozen conflicts" (without Eastern Ukraine at the time) | © Spiridon Ion Cepleanu, Wikimedia Commons, license: CC BY-SA 3.0

Within the scope of the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies the collections "Donetsk and Luhansk Newspaper Collection" and "South Ossetia Presidential Election, 2011 – 2012" have recently been made accessible free of charge Germany-wide and at German institutes abroad.

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A few days ago, musiconn.kontrovers has gone online, the new blog in the Specialised Information Service for Musicology. The blog is intended for discussing the core issues of the subject field in regular posts. We are looking forward to lively debate and your contributions!

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Image detail of the poster announcing the cabinet presentation | © BSB/ Image Archive

1 October – 16 November 2018
Cabinet presentation of the Image Archive
The building of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in the Ludwigstrasse was completed 175 years ago and thus inaugurated in 1843 – after a construction period of eleven years. King Ludwig I had commissioned the architect Friedrich von Gärtner with this project already shortly after his accession to power.

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© HVB Stiftung Geldscheinsammlung – HypoVereinsbank banknote collecting foundation

The September update has bavarikon vault over the quarter-million mark: Over 250,000 high-resolution digital copies and data sets have been made available online now. This demonstrates the success of the digitization campaign, which also involves smaller institutions in the Free State of Bavaria.

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Poster of the exhibition "God, the World and Bavaria" | © BSB

Titled "Gott, die Welt und Bayern", the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents one hundred highlights of the ten regional State Libraries of Bavaria in its treasure vaults from 17 October 2018 to 7 July 2019. Up to 13 January 2019, the first part of the tripartite exhibition series shows valuable medieval manuscripts and printed works up to the time of the Reformation, among them the famous World Chronicle of Hartmann Schedel or the so-called "Lorscher Arzneibuch", which forms part of the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.

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BayernWLAN in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek | © BSB/ Public Relations

In recent weeks, a number of problems unfortunately have occurred with respect to the provision of the BayernWLAN at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. We are sorry for these failures and limitations of service. For providing the BayernWLAN, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek uses the infrastructure of the network Münchner Wissenschaftsnetz, and is therefore not in a position to interfere with the network's operation or the repair of technical defects.

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Ⓒ ProQuest

The Specialised Information Services for Historical Studies and Anglo-American Culture have enabled access to the historical newspapers "The Guardian" (1821 – 2003) and "The Observer" (1791 – 2003), as well as "The New Statesman and Nation" (1913 – 2000) as of 19 September 2018.

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The biannual Historikertag is Europe's biggest congress in the field of humanities. In 2018, historicum.net is present even twice in the programme.

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Search in musiconn.scoresearch | © BSB

With musiconn.scoresearch you can search for melodies in the digitized complete editions of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek of Beethoven, Händel, Liszt and Schubert based on the output of an OMR program ("optical music recognition"). This application has been developed by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek within the project Specialised Information Service for Musicology (musiconn) and enables you to directly search in the music of these four famous composers.

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Bibliotheksforum Bayern, detail of cover | © BSB/ Bibliotheksforum Bayern

A new, highly informative issue with very many different articles is waiting for you. An event series with State Minister Bernd Sibler, who is the chairman of the Bavarian Library Association at the same time, shows the important role of libraries in the life-long learning process of the population.

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100-sheet map of the Russian empire | © BSB/ Public Relations

A few weeks ago, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek received the so-called 100-sheet map of the Russian empire ("Stolistovaya") as a present from private ownership. Consisting of 107 sheets, the work published in Saint Petersburg from 1801 to 1804 constitutes the first multi-sheet, official map of Russia and accordingly a central source of Russian cartography in the 19th century.

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