Renaissance, Reformation and Early Modern Germany

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As an inventory of all documentary and historiographical sources of the Roman-German royal lines from the Carolingians to Maximilian I, as well as of the Popes of the Early and High Middle Ages, the Regesta Imperii are among the great source works of German and European History.
Available as facsimiles of original book pages or as a search for the corresponding full texts.
(751-1519; German facsimiles & transcriptions) - Some work still in progress -

Diplomatic codices of medieval Saxony with heaviest emphases on the cities of Meissen, Leipzig, and Freiberg
(948 - 1555; German and Latin facsimiles of original book pages)

The second Augsburg edition of the Fables of Aesop, translated from Latin into German by Heinrich Steinhöwel.
(15th Century; German facsimiles of original book pages)

An index to online facsimiles of German-language printings of the 16th century.
Assembled and maintained by Klaus Graf.
(16th century; facsimiles)

Searchable database of manuscripts from the age of German Reformation.
A cooperative project between Stiftung Luthergedenkstätten in Sachsen-Anhalt and the University of Cologne.
(15th-16th centuries; facsimiles)

(1517; English translation)
Martin Luther documents (+ Melanchthon + Gerhardt + others)
Writings, hymns, prayers, correspondence, etc.
From Project Wittenberg.
(Transcriptions and English translations)


Letters of Wolfgang Faber Capito, Reformer and contemporary of Luther.
(1507-1531; Latin and German transcriptions with English commentaries and summaries)

Law on Morals by the Electoral Prince of Heidelberg
(1532; German transcription)

Searchable images of the British Library copy
(1554-1555; facsimiles)

Reports and tracts on "witchcraft" in early modern Germany.
(16th-17th centuries; facsimiles of print sources)

Sixteenth- through early eighteenth-century pamphlets digitized by the University of Augsburg.
From the collections of the Oettingen-Wallerstein'sche Bibliothek, in cooperation with Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
Most anonymous, but some written by famous authors such as Johann Fischart.
(1577-1739; facsimiles)

A digitization project of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
in cooperation with the Emblematica Online at the Herzog-August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel.
(16th - 18th centuries; facsimiles and commentary)
See also the University of Illinois' OpenEmblem Portal for other Emblem digitization projects internationally.

Searchable database of German Protestant literature, (1548-1577/80) which includes currently approximately 1,700 printed old books.
(1548-1580; book facsimiles)

German History in Documents and Images: From the Reformation to the Thirty Years War (1500-1648)
Compiled by the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C.
(1500-1648; images, maps, German transcriptions and English translations)
German History in Documents and Images: From Absolutism to Napoleon (1648-1815)
Compiled by the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C.
(1500-1648; images, maps, German transcriptions and English translations)

Primary Source Material Collections Online for Early Modern History
(1500-1800; transcriptions in numerous languages, mostly German)

  • Treaty of Westphalia ending the Thirty Years War.
British Foreign Office translation at Tufts University
British Foreign Office translation at the Avalon Project
(24 October 1648, English translations)

Digitized volume of European peace treaties, instruments and tracts from the end of the 30 Years War through 1660.
Great information value, but bogged down by user-unfriendly navigation.
(1663; parallel Latin and German language facsimiles)

Exemplary online archival materials at the municipal level.
(1395 - 1650; Latin and German transcriptions)

Research platform for the 17th-century German Academy of Fine Arts, significant for cultural history of the age.
A project of with various indexes for search access.
(1675-1680; database of searchable transcriptions and associated artistic images)

Digitized collection of medieval and early modern manuscripts in the German language.
Also available in English.
(Middle Ages - Early Modern Period; manuscripts)

Online book and manuscript texts from the University of Mannheim,
particularly strong in history of Mannheim and the "Kurpfalz" [Electoral Palatinate].
(16th -18th centuries; facsimiles)

Digital library of the Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Darmstadt, offering online access to a number of different collections including books, journals, manuscripts, newspapers and maps.
(17th - early 20th centuries; facsimiles)

Including online albums, legal documents, maps, books, oral histories, posters and finding aids.
Combining resources of a number of Jewish societies and institutes.
(17th-20th centuries; German, English and other facsimiles)

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EuroDocs Creator: Richard Hacken, European Studies Bibliographer,
Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA.
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