Href: A Link to Digitized Primary Source Projects—July 2018

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Digital Humanities, German History / Studies

The German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, recently launched a new blog, Href, which is dedicated “to the use of digitized primary source materials for studying, teaching, and researching German and global history.” The launch of the blog coincides with the start of the DFG-funded relaunch of the GHI’s flagship digital project German History in Documents and Images.

Recent articles include:

* “A Call to Action on Digital Cultural Heritage in Germany” by Fabian Cremer and Thorsten Wübbena. Cremer, the Coordinator of Research Databases at the Max Weber Foundation in Bonn, and Wübbena, an academic staff member at the Art Historical Institute of the University of Frankfurt, are part of a stakeholder group on digital research collections established by DARIAH-de. The authors discuss the group’s recent working paper analyzing the current state and the future requirements of efforts to coordinate the digitization of German cultural heritage.

* Economic Texts and Letters – Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels go online by Regina Roth, a researcher and editor for the Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe (MEGA) at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, describes the digital edition of MEGA, which she coordinates. MEGAdigital’s current presentation is a beta version of the work in progress. At the moment, it includes the correspondence between Marx and Engels and third parties from the year 1866, and essential economic texts by Marx – in particular most of the previously unpublished manuscript materials for Marx’s Capital, written between 1863 and 1881. The digital edition not only makes the correspondence widely accessible to researchers across the globe, but also offers different access points to the letters. In addition, the site links to the digitized Neue Rheinische Zeitung from 1848–1849, a periodical which provides essential context on the Revolution of 1848–1849 in Germany and Europe. MEGAdigital will be expanded and updated on an ongoing basis.


Previous blog posts feature an article highlighting the bilingual (German/English) online source edition “Key Documents of German-Jewish History” (, which is published by the Institute for the History of German Jews (IGdJ) in Hamburg (; an article about digitization projects at German libraries and other institutions that offer new access to German historical newspapers, and an article reflecting on the relationship between the audio version of Joseph Goebbels 1943 “Total War” speech and the transcript of the speech, which was circulated by German newspapers:


The GHI welcomes contributions to its new blog from members of the historical profession, in the widest sense, from information professionals, from teachers and students at any level, and members of the interested public.

The Href editorial team (Atiba Pertilla, Kelly McCullough, Katharina Hering) can be contacted at:

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Katharina Hering

Digital Project Librarian

German Historical Institute

Washington, DC

Phone: (+1) 202-552-8948


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