Staufener Wochenblatt – digital

Free access to digital copies of the texts in Staufener Wochenblatt, a newspaper that was printed from 1875 to 1978.

More than 100 years of Staufen’s history at the click of a mouse

The surviving collection of Staufener Wochenblatt newspapers is held in Stadtarchiv Staufen (Staufen Town Archive), the Villinger Staufen publishing house, private collections and at University Library Freiburg. It includes (some or all) copies from 1875 and 1876, 1880 to 1938 and 1950 to 1978.

Some years have seen heavy damage due to the paper deteriorating, so only a small portion of the source material could previously be used by researchers or interested members of the public.

Consolidating all the aforementioned holdings creates the unique opportunity to compile an almost complete collection of every edition of this key historical source, ensure the longevity of the collection and make it available online.

As the quality of the paper and printed image varies, the legibility of the digitised newspaper pages is poor in places. During the digitisation and post-processing process, we always tried to achieve the best result, but we had to accept the fact that certain passages in some of the back issues are difficult to read.

The history of the newspaper

Since it was first printed in 1875, the Staufener Wochenblatt has served the purpose of being an official gazette for the administrative district of Staufen im Breisgau. Its distribution area spanned from the Rhine to the High Black Forest and from Heitersheim/Dottingen to Pfaffenweiler, bordering the districts of Freiburg in the north and Müllheim in the south. The combination of bulletins, commentaries, reports and coverage alongside ads and promotional campaigns makes this newspaper a vital historical source for research and teaching.

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