Digitisation and specialist indexing of the Individual Graphic Sheets of the Collection of Architect Albrecht Haupt



Prof. Dr. Markus Jager (LUH), Dr. Irina Sens, Dr. Hedda Saemann, Dr. Susanne Nicolai, Elena Luz (TIB)


PD Dr. habil. Simon Paulus (LUH), Dr. Birte Rubach, Christian Hauschke, Georgy Litvinov, Tatiana Walther (TIB)


German Research Foundation (DFG)


November 2019 – April 2023


The aim of the project is to digitise the complete quality holdings of individual sheets of graphic art


With the collection of the architect and university lecturer Albrecht Haupt (1852-1932), TIB has an important special historical collection for the history of architecture and art. The collection comprises a book stock of about 1,600 volumes, which contains the most important works of architectural theory in Italy, France, Germany and the Netherlands from the early 16th to the early 19th century, as well as about 6,000 architectural study sheets and travel sketches produced by Haupt himself and, last but not least, a bundle of individual graphic sheets of different authorship and subjects (a total of about 6,800 graphics on about 5,000 sheets), which Albrecht Haupt collected during his long career for teaching and research purposes.

In close cooperation with the Chair of Building and Urban Planning History at Leibniz Universität Hannover, the project, which is funded by the DFG, is dedicated to making these holdings accessible for research in architectural and art history. The aim of the project is to digitise the complete quality holdings of individual sheets of graphic art, which have so far been difficult to retrieve for national and international research, to make them available to all disciplines and to make them accessible online in order to trigger further research in the future. In this way, the project will open up a valuable, hitherto virtually unknown collection to researchers on European architectural, garden, urban and art history.

Approximately 6,800 graphics, 900 of which are architectural drawings, will be fed into the Vitro-Information System, which has been adapted for this purpose, and will be made available in open access both via its own web interface and via the aggregators Graphikportal, Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek and Europeana. While the almost 6000 graphic sheets will initially be indexed on a basic level, the architectural drawings will be indexed in depth. Accompanying workshops and a concluding publication will support the promotion of the collection in order to encourage its further use and processing by the specialist community.


Institut für Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur - Abt. Bau- und Stadtbaugeschichte der Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH)


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