News | 06. Oct. 2023

Treasures in the Mail

The MGH are currently preparing to resume work on the digital edition of the correspondence of the famous medieval scholar, Ernst Kantorowicz (1895-1963). The project was initiated in the year 2000 by Johannes Fried, Ernst Osterkamp, and Ulrich Raulff in cooperation with the Universität Frankfurt and the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach and with the involvement of the Stefan George-Archive in Stuttgart collection and has hitherto collected around 1000 letters.

The Monumenta Germaniae Historica have assumed responsibility for continuing the edition and have already arranged for the programming of a new database that will provide the groundwork for a user-friendly digital edition. The MGH project is supported by the Kantorowicz experts Dr Eckhard-Grünewald, who wrote his Ph.D. thesis on Ernst Kantorowicz, and Robert E. Lerner (emeritus professor of the Northwestern University, Illinois), the author of the authoritative Kantorowicz biography, published in 2017 (Ernst Kantorowicz. A life) and 2020 translated and augmented by Thomas Gruber (Ernst Kantorowicz. Eine Biographie).

A few days ago, the MGH received a precious treasure in the mail: Robert E. Lerner sent his private collection of letters to and from Kantorowicz from the USA to Munich. The correspondence, which was not previously listed in the Kantorowicz collection, will be registered, digitised, processed and commented in the coming weeks. We are deeply grateful to Robert E. Lerner for his contribution and the comprehensive competence with which he supports our project.

Heartfelt thanks!