Thinking Education Across Borders - Wilhelm Rein's Pedagogical Correspondence Estate

The BBF prepares the pedagogical letter estate of the educationalist Wilhelm Rein as a digital source corpus and makes it permanently available as a reusable resource via its editing platform.

Project Description

In cooperation with the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, the BBF is indexing the extensive international pedagogical correspondence of the influential educationalist Wilhelm Rein (1847–1929). The DFG-funded project combines archival and information science methods in order to make the source corpus of educational historical interest permanently available. The aim is to enable a transnational and comparative analysis of Rein's diverse pedagogical contacts and transnational discourses using methods from the digital humanities.

Rein held the first full professorship for pedagogy in Germany. As a teacher educator and reform-oriented pedagogical networker, he was in contact and lively written exchange with a wide variety of actors from the most diverse pedagogical contexts. Approximately 6,300 letters from the years 1869 to 1929 by around 3,500 authors from more than 40 countries are available. They have already been digitized in a previous project. The metadata, which is also already available, will be checked, standardized and enriched with standard entries for places, persons and corporate bodies from the Integrated Authority File (GND) and linked to the digital images of the original letters.

In a next step, digital full texts will be generated by transcribing the letters in the markup language TEI/XML, so that a structured, citable, digital corpus will be created as a basis for the educational-historical analysis of the correspondence network.

In the course of the project, the digitized facsimiles and the transcriptions in TEI/XML will be successively published via the BBF platform EditionenBildungsgeschichte and will then be freely available as a reusable resource for further research and content analysis.


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Project Management

Dr. Bettina Reimers

Project Team

Project Details

Current project
Department: BBF | Research Library for the History of Education
External funding
Contact: Dr. Bettina Reimers, Head of Unit