Alexander von Humboldt’s American travel journals
The American travel journals of Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) are some of the most important documents in the history of science and of travel literature, and some of the politically and socially most important texts of the late eighteenth century and nineteenth century. They are based on Humboldt’s five-year journey through the American tropics between 1799 and 1804, together with the Frenchman Aimé Bonpland.
The travel journals mark a definitive paradigm shift in scientific and cultural studies towards a temporal and historical conception of all knowledge in the context of the foundational days of modern Europe.
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Alexander von Humboldt’s personal papers in Berlin
Alexander von Humboldt’s personal papers consist of large and small boxes. These boxes contain both his “real” papers – also referred to as the “Collectanea” – as well as his letters – the “Humboldtiana”. Besides the “Darmstaedter Document Collection”of the Berlin State Library also possesses letters written to Humboldt by 546 different individuals.
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Alexander von Humboldt’s collected papers in Cracow
The part of Humboldt’s personal papers which had been evacuated to Silesia during World War II is today preserved in the Jagiellonian Library in Cracow. Besides the collectanea on Cosmos held by the State Library Berlin – Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation it is the second large collection on Alexander von Humboldt. The material came to the library in several portions and comprises manuscripts, sketches, and galley proofs of numerous published and also unpublished texts. The collection comes from the bequest of Humboldt and was largely complemented by Eduard Buschmann‘s Humboldt collection. Buschmann, who had made the majority of copies of the late works of Humboldt – in the first place Cosmos –, was donated parts of the collection already during his lifetime. After Humboldt‘s death Buschmann inherited other parts, as for example the collections of material on the ‘Examen critique’. The collection also includes two large correpondences – with Eduard Buschmann and the Potsdam cartographer Heinrich Berghaus.
If you would like information on the content of the individual volumes and direct links to the related entry in the Kalliope Union Catalogue and in the Jagiellonian Digital Library Cracow, click on the appropriate image below.