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ERIC Number: EJ814327
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0004-8623
The 450th Jubilee of the Bavarian State Library: A Note
Cope, R. L.
Australian Academic & Research Libraries, v39 n3 p214-216 Sep 2008
To mark its founding in 1558 by Albrecht V., Duke of Bavaria, the Bavarian State Library (BSB) has issued a splendid catalogue (358 pages) with many sumptuous full-page coloured plates, taken from 113 works which were in the Library during its formative period 1558-1599). These works include manuscripts, church and secular music and early printed books. Some works were commissioned by Duke Albrecht for his library which was soon recognised as rivaling other princely libraries of the day. Albrecht also collected paintings, coins and curios, many of which were placed together with the library holdings. The library thus served as a quasi-museum for a considerable period of its existence. The catalogue has scholarly articles offering a cornucopia of information on a wealth of material and is an indispensable aid for cultural and other historians. The vicissitudes of history had varying effects on the Bavarian State Library over the centuries, particularly during the 20th century. Although there is no standard history of the BSB, there is an extensive literature on aspects of its history and current activities. The present anniversary will surely lead to further writings, but the BSB has been remarkably lucky that Dr. Franz G. Kaltwasser, Director General from 1972 to 1992, has spent his retirement researching and documenting questions about the Library's contemporary role as well as its complex past. This note can do no more than mention the existence of these scholarly works and add that Dr. Kaltwasser is a forceful writer who does not shy away from controversial issues. His 2006 book, in particular, is of high topical relevance to most research libraries and deserves study beyond the German sphere. Kaltwasser touches, for instance, on the decades-old problems the BSB has experienced with sustained student use. The relationship between the BSB and its near neighbour, the University Library of Munich, is analysed frankly and realistically. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany; Germany (Berlin)