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Getting to know the later Hanse sources together!

If you’re interested in the Hanse History, this digital offer is for you! In cooperation with the archive of the city of Lübeck you can now transcribe archival sources alongside us. You have never transcribed anything before or need a refresher? This offer by Ad fontes will help (as of now, only available in German).

We will all be using Transkribus, a digital humanities programme that was created as a tool for predictive text. Based on already transcribed texts that are being fed into the programme, it learns to recognice handwritten manuscripts and will eventually be able to transcribe them on its own.

Our main focus with this project are the sources of the 16th and 17th century that still lie in hanseatic archives, unaccessed and unedited – together we will change that!


Transcribing Hanse Sources
What can I do?

  • Tutorial for the use of transkribus for the purposes of this project 
  • Transkribus User Guidelines (only in German)

  • Visit
  • Use our Log-in information
    • Username:
    • Password: Hanse24/7
  • Or register for your own account:
  • Navigate from the home page to „My Collections“
  • Open the project „Hanse.Quellen.Lesen! Die Spätzeit der Hanse gemeinsam entdecken (FGHO & AHL Community Science Project)"
  • Pick a document from the list
  • And off you go!

New research together - Hanse sources and Transkribus

Together with you, we strive to discover the later times of the Hanse. For these later times, large parts of the sources haven't been published yet. The "Hanserecesse", a collection of sources regarding the history of the Hanse, only contains documents until 1537 - from then on, the material became too abundant.

In our first round of "Read.Hanse.Sources!", which ran from April to June 2020, we were able to transcribe more than 200 pages of source material from the 17th century. In the current "Read.Hanse.Sources! 2.0", we are working on documents from the 16th century. This time, we made ten documents with more then 1.300 pages available. They range from beginner-friendly, easily readable pages  ("Rezess der Versammlung der wendischen Städte von 1542", "Hansetag von 1584") to protocols with many annotations, crossed-out sections, and corrections for more advanced transcribers.

For more information about the Low German Urban Diets, click here. The results of our previous "Read.Hanse.Sources!" are published under CC-BY licence on our read&search site.