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Online Edition of the Correspondence Between Eduard Spranger and Käthe Hadlich

Online Edition of the Correspondence Between Eduard Spranger and Käthe Hadlich

Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the correspondence of Eduard Spranger (1882–1963) and Käthe Hadlich (1872–1960) was edited and made openly accessible as online edition.

Project Description

Eduard Spranger (1882–1963) was a philosopher, pedagogue and psychologist. He played a crucial role in the establishment of pedagogy as an academic discipline in its own right and he influenced teacher education in Germany. He is known to be one of the most distinctive representatives of humanities-oriented pedagogy (Geisteswissenschaftliche Pädagogik) and he had a sustained impact on pedagogical discussion in the first half of the 20th century.He receive numerous honors and awards for his scientific work,

Spranger considered written communication to be a central element of his lifestyle. Käthe Hadlich (1872–1960) was one of his most important partners in correspondence. She was his intimate, who sustained him with her sympathy and her reactions in his needs of male self-realization as scientist.

More than 4,500 letters and postcards from the correspondence between Spranger and Hadlich have survived, spanning the years 1903 to 1960. Nearly all of the topics and lifespheres relevant to Spranger are mentioned in their correspondence. Because of its scope and details, the correspondence can be seen as a kind of diary. It represents the central medium of Spranger’s self-reflection, which he himself considered to be fundamental to his scientific work.

The German Research Foundation (DFG) funded a research project to transcribe the correspondence, chaired by Professor Dr. Werner Sacher (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg). Subject to further funding from the DFG, the entire correspondence was processed pursuant to the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) directives and made available in an openly accessible online edition. The edition was edited by Professor Dr. Karin Priem (University of Luxembourg) and Professor Dr. Klaus-Peter Horn (Georg-August-University of Göttingen) as well as the BBF.

Due to the relaunch of the BBF website, the edition has to be transfered to a new system. It is therefore not available at the momenten, but may be accessed shortly from here.


The project was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)  in the "Cultural Heritage Programme".

Project Management

  • Dr. Stefan Cramme (BBF)
  • Prof. Dr. Karin Priem (Universityof Luxembourg)
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus-Peter Horn (Georg-August-University Göttingen)

Projekt Team

  • Martina Kirstein (BBF)

Project Details

Completed projects
03/2008 – 08/2011
Contact: Stefan Cramme
last modified May 07, 2017