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Genealogical and Heraldic holdings of the University Library Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf The University Library has an extensive collection of genealogical , originating probably down to the 18. century goes back . interest and study of historical sources of all kinds to the acquisitions of the “ Royal State Library ” in the second half of the 19. largely determined century . Unter Theodor Joseph Lacomblet, the Rhenish Church historian , Archivar und Bibliothekar, the care of the story and its auxiliary sciences was deliberately moved into the center .

is addition to the basic works on genealogy and heraldry was then started , collect stories of individual families : first the ruling and not ruling noble houses , later supplemented by the stories of middle class families , primarily from the Rhineland and the Ruhr Valley .

a significant increase in the holdings of genealogical literature learned by the 1921 takeover of the library of this Club (founded 1880) Numerous Reference , Quellensammlungen , Pedigrees, Citizens Books, Matrikelverzeichnisse , printed extracts from the parish registers , were bought second-hand or subsequently acquired . Second World War, the collection survived without major losses .

for a renewed upswing then saw Dr . Matthias Graf von Schmettow , the 1957 library as Assessor for the country - and local library took : As a historian himself an enthusiastic genealogist , later as head of the acquisitions department taking advantage of all the possibilities of collecting , Count Schmettow has successfully collected more family stories , also from the former eastern territories of Germany .

This inventory shall contain in addition to the former of the country - acquired and city library Dusseldorf genealogical and heraldic titles all to start 1990 acquired by the University Library works genealogical content .


Gattermann , Guenther: Genealogical and Heraldic holdings of the University Library Dusseldorf , edited by Erika Bernhardt , Verlag KG . Saur , 1991