It began in 1925 with the “Protestant Parsonage Archive”, which documents the history and development of the Protestant parsonage and its impact on cultural and intellectual history in the German speaking world. This unique archive has been in the care of the Lutherhaus Eisenach since 1956. It was officially donated to the Stiftung Lutherhaus Eisenach in 2014 and constitutes the most extensive part of the museum’s collections.
The heart of the foundation is the museum’s collection on Martin Luther’s life and impact. Originals from seven centuries, including rare historical Bibles from the collection of the former Altenburg Bible Society, illustrate the circumstances, origins and impacts of his historically significant translation of the Bible. The history of the Lutherhaus and historical objects documenting Luther commemoration are also an important part of the collections.
Apart from an extensive research library, the collections include paintings, prints, ego-documents, manuscripts, letters, family registers, medals and small sculptures. Over 30,000 pastors and their family members are registered in a biographical name index. It includes pastors and their sons and daughters, who made outstanding contributions to politics, scholarship, culture and society.
The library, archive and collections are open for research. If you are interested, please contact us. We would be glad to help you.