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PPO / Pictura Paedagogica Online

Pictura Paedagogica Online (PPO) is a digital archive of images relating to the history of education; it is maintained by the Research Library for the History of Education (BBF).

PPO offers open access to more ca. 70,000 pictures related to the history of education. The database holds image material from different collections and provides uniform indexing.

The database contains illustrations of books dating from the Middle Ages until ca. 1900, historical postcards from 1870 until 1933 and photographs. The thematic scope encompasses pictures of pedagogical institutions, teaching and learning materials, situations illustrating educational contexts, children’s and adolescents’ everyday lives and portraits of pedagogues.

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PPO began in 2000 as a DFG-funded project aiming to actively promote research of images as sources of educational history. Since May 2001, the database has been accessible on the internet; new images are continuously added.

Co-operation partners

Bibliothek für Bildungsgeschichtliche Forschung

Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft der Universität Hildesheim


Dr. Stefanie Kollmann (Koordination und Redaktion)

last modified Dec 12, 2016