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German Imperial Gazette and Prussian Official Gazette

The Deutscher Reichsanzeiger und Preußischer Staatsanzeiger (German Imperial Gazette and Prussian Official Gazette) was a newspaper, that appeared presumably until April 14, 1945 and acted as official organ of the German Empire and the state of Prussia. The history of the paper reaches back over several predecessors with other titles in the Empire and Prussia to the initial issue which was released on January 2, 1819:

  • Allgemeine Preußische Staats-Zeitung, 1819,1 (2. Januar) – 1843,179 (30. Juni)
  • Allgemeine Preußische Zeitung, 1843,1 (1. Juli) – 1848,119 (30. April)
  • Preußischer Staats-Anzeiger, 1848,1 (1/3. Mai) – 1851,179 (30. Juni)
  • Königlich Preußischer Staats-Anzeiger, 1851,1 (1. Juli) – 1871,116 (2. Mai)
  • Deutscher Reichs-Anzeiger und Königlich Preußischer Staats-Anzeiger, 1871,1 (4. Mai) – 1918,267 (9. November)
  • Deutscher Reichsanzeiger und Preußischer Staatsanzeiger, 1918,268 (12. November) – 1945,49 (14. April)

The successor in the German Federal Republic is the Bundesanzeiger (Federal Gazette). You find on this site all digitized issues from 1819 to 1945. This publication platform is still under development though and can be updated at all times. However, there is a provisional access to fetch single pages.

1. Access and usage restrictions

Some issues, that have been digitized directly from the paper volumes in the period from October 1, 1879 to July 31, 1914, are available freely without any copyright restrictions. For the remaining issues, which have been scanned from an existing microfilm edition, there might exist an ancillary copyright of the microfilm company. However, the University of Mannheim possesses publishing rights for noncommercial, academic purposes. In order to ensure the compliance with the license agreement, some access and usage restrictions apply.

2. Searchable full text

For about 54,000 pages, the Mannheim University Library has created a searchable full text in the hOCR format with Tessaract. It is planned to provide full text for all issues.

3. Origin and further information

The published digital issues originate as a side product from a legal history research project that aims at building a historic bankruptcy database at the Lehrstuhl für Bürgerliches Recht, Rhetorik und Europäische Rechtsgeschichte of the University of Mannheim (Prof. Dr. Ulrich Falk). The creation of the digital edition was made possible with the financial support of the Verein zur Förderung des Zentrums für Insolvenz und Sanierung an der Universität Mannheim e.V. (digitization) and the Gerda Henkel Stiftung (improvement of metadata). Additional issues were scanned from paper volumes that Universitätsbibliothek Tübingen has provided freely from their well conserved collection.

Further information about the creation, content and characteristics of the digital edition are available in a project report (German with an English abstract):

Christoph Kling, Deutscher Reichsanzeiger und Preußischer Staatsanzeiger : Einleitung zur Veröffentlichung der Digitalausgabe, Mannheim 2016.