Search platform Virtuelles Kupferstichkabinett (Virtual Printroom)
The search platform 'Virtuelles Kupferstichkabinett' has been developed in the framework of the cooperative project of the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum in Braunschweig and the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, funded by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). Substantial parts of the graphic collections of both institutions are being brought together for research in this online database. The roots of these collections derive from the collections of prints and drawings of the Dukes of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel. The historical coherence of these collections was lost in the course of the 18th and early 20th centuries through dispersal of parts of the collections between the two institutions.
Online accessible since 2007, the database provided more than 40.000 records when the project ended in 2011. 11,300 records have been added when the HAUM collection of drawings was catalogued in the framework of the project ‘Virtuelles Zeichnungskabinett’ (Virtual Department of Drawings), funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), 2012-2017.
Currently, the ‘Virtuelles Kupferstichkabinett’ provides access to more than 100,000 works on paper from the collections of the HAUM and the HAB (January 3, 2019). As both institutions are collaborating in the research association ‘Kupferstichkabinett Online’ (Printroom Online), funded by the Ministery for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony by resources from the Niedersächsisches Vorab of the Volkswagen Foundation, cataloguing will continue until 2020.