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[InetBib] FWD: [IFLA-L] International librarians concerned about manuscripts of Baden-Württemberg
- Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2006 10:06:41 +0200
- From: "Harald Müller" <hmueller@xxxxxxx>
- Subject: [InetBib] FWD: [IFLA-L] International librarians concerned about manuscripts of Baden-Württemberg
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From: "Magda Bouwens" <Magda.Bouwens@xxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2006 10:34:13 +0200
3 October 2006
International librarians concerned about manuscripts of Baden-Württemberg
Dr Alex Byrne, President of the International Federation of Library
Associations and Institutions (IFLA), expressed dismay when he heard of the
planned sale of the manuscripts of the House of Baden by the provincial
government of Baden-Württemberg.
He said: "The international library and archival community is shocked to hear
of the proposal of the Government of Baden-Württemberg to sell all the works
acquired before 1872 - some 3500 out of a total of 4200 volumes - from the
manuscript collection of the Badische Landesbibliothek in Karlsruhe. This
incomparable collection includes major treasures taken from monasteries in 1803
and documents a thousand years of commerce and cultural development in Europe.
It is not only a treasure for Baden-Württemberg and Germany but part of the
world heritage. It must be protected."
The collection includes prachtmanuscripts, an illuminated Book of Hours
belonging to Archduke Christoph I of Baden (1490), the prayer book of Susanna
von Brandenburg-Ansbach-Kulmbach medieval lectionaries from the scriptorium of
the monastery at Reichenau, and the Gospel of St. Peter (ca. 1200). The
majority of manuscripts come from the libraries of monasteries in the Black
Forest, the Upper-Rhine, and Lake Constance and most were acquired when the
monastic libraries were expropriated following secularisation in 1803. They
record the development of religion and society in the region.
It is understood that the sale is intended to finance the preservation of the
Salem castle, the last castle of the house of Baden, and its ongoing
maintenance. While this is desirable, it must not be done at the expense of
this important collection of manuscripts.
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions calls on
the Government of Baden-Württemberg to abandon this proposal and renew its
commitment to the preservation of the history of Baden-Württemberg as
documented in the manuscript collection of the Badische Landesbibliothek.
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions is the
leading international body representing the interests of library and
information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library
and information profession. http://www.ifla.org <http://www.ifla.org/> .
Dr Alex Byrne, IFLA President, Tel +61 2 9514 1465, Email alex.byrne@xxxxxxxxxx
Dr Peter Lor, IFLA Secretary General, Tel +31 70 31 40 884, Email ifla@xxxxxxxx
Listeninformationen unter http://www.inetbib.de.