Scientific Communication in the 19th Century
The importance of correspondence as a source in the study of social, political and cultural history has long been known. Letters played an essential role in the communications system of the 19th century. Of the collections of correspondence amassed by 19th century jurists that have so far come to light, none rivals the dimensions of the writings of Karl Josef Anton Mittermaier (1787-1867) now housed in the library of Heidelberg University. A project headed by Barbara Dölemeyer, Frankfurt am Main, led to the publication of significant parts of Mittermaier’s correspondence with German and other partners in Europe and beyond.