An important part of the Institute’s research activities since its foundation has been to elaborate on and make available sources and support materials that are essential to basic research on legal history.
Using repositories, publications and collections in long-term projects, sources are collated and edited, such as texts of ancient and medieval legal scholarship, of canon law from German-speaking areas between 1350 and 1550 or the production of law books and “good order” (Policey) legislation in the Early Modern Period. Ecclesiastical legal history in the Early Modern Period and the activity of the Roman Curia are the focus of Research Projects that value the identification of sources highly.
Many projects seek to make sources relevant to legal history available digitally. Enriching texts and pictures with high-quality metadata not only aids accessibility, but also simplifies the process of evaluating the material scientifically. The long-term research project The School of Salamanca: a Digital Collection of Sources and a Dictionary of Its Juridical-Political Language, which is sponsored by the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, contributes to this Special Research Field.