Investigating and assessing the history of the Reformation is one of the main areas of focus for the Luther Memorials Foundation of Saxony-Anhalt. To this end, we also design and organise exhibitions and conferences, publish research results and issue publications.
The research library will, among other things, be bringing together the significant books and archive holdings of the Protestant Seminary in Wittenberg and the Luther Memorials Foundation of Saxony-Anhalt. The objective is to more effectively promote research and instruction in central Germany and beyond.
The research library for the history of the Reformation will be based in Wittenberg Castle, and the necessary facilities are currently being prepared as part of construction measures for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.
The shareholders of the research library for the history of the Reformation are the Union of Evangelical Churches in the Evangelical Church in Germany, the University and State Library of Halle, the Leucorea Foundation and the Luther Memorials Foundation of Saxony-Anhalt.
With the creation of the Luther Archive in 2016, the Luther Memorials Foundation was for the first time able to enjoy its own depot and archive facilities in Eisleben. The Luther Archive is home to some of the Foundation's collections, as well as to the Tower Library from the Church of St. Andreas. The building also offers facilities for events and programmes devoted to cultural education.
The building, which is located at Seminarstraße 2 in Eisleben, was built in 1861/62 for use as a school. Since 2005 the building has belonged to the Luther Memorials Foundation. In 2015/2016 the entire inside of the building was removed and rebuilt, and the original façade featuring large slagstones was integrated into the new structure.
Many of the objects in the collection are also available as digital images. We will be happy to make these available to publishing houses, agencies and museums.
Service fees will be charged for the provision of digital image materials. Their use is subject to a fee.