Archives Project 2017

»Restoration of heavily-used books in the Unity Archives«


What will be done?
Many collections of the library of the Unity Archives are in urgent need of restoration. Countless bindings and the covers of smaller paperback books are in terrible condition. The archival project of 2017 is focused on the library and the restoration of these frequently-requested and -used books. One such project is the rebinding of the three-volume summary of the Jüngerhausdiarum from 1747-1760, which were most recently used by the group of scholars publishing the critical edition of selected works of Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf. Books in the library of the reading room also need attention, such as the 11 volumes of the so-called Dienerblätter and the catalog book R.4. These books all desperately need to be re-bound. The list of books is long, which need to be restored and includes both ancient as well as more modern - and frequently used - books.

Why do we need donations?
We need money for the restoration of the books and are pleased to announce that we have won over the experienced bookbinder Hans Hubert Gotzmann from Upper Lusatia to do the restoration work. We would like to ask for your support for this project through a donation! Of course, you will receive a receipt for your donation from us upon request if you provide your postal address. When the restoration of the books is completed, we will thank the ten most generous donors with a box of decorative paper embossed in accordance with the historical pattern of Herrnhut colored paper.

Project launch: March 4, 2017
Status of the book restoration:

  • July 12, 2017, delivery of 15 volumes to be restored by master bookbinder Hans Hubert Gotzmann in Weißwasser
  • August 9, 2017, return of the 15 restored volumes by the bookbinder Hans Hubert Gotzmann to the Moravian Archives in Herrnhut

Total donations: € 1.714,90 (as of December 13, 2017)

March 31, 2017, (Archives Day), subtotal € 148,50
April 4, 2017, (Lecture in the Moravian Archives + individual donation), subtotal € 248.50
April 24, 2017 (individual donation), subtotal: € 298.50
May 22, 2017 (individual donation), subtotal: € 323.50
June 16, 2017 (individual donation), subtotal: € 373.50
June 30, 2017 (three individual donations), subtotal: € 543.35
August 4, 2017 (individual donation), subtotal: € 700
September 12, 2017 (individual donation), subtotal: € 800
September 15th, 2017 (individual donation), subtotal: € 825
November 7, 2017 (lecture in the Moravian Archives), subtotal: € 864.90
November 23, 2017 (individual donation), subtotal: € 964.90
December 1, 2017 (donation from the Graf Zinzendorf Foundation), subtotal: € 1,264.90
December 11, 2017 (2 individual donations), subtotal: € 1,714.90 

Highest individual donation: € 250 (as of December 13, 2017)

Bank account for wire transfer of donations:
Payee: Ev. Brüder-Unität
Keyword: Spende Archivprojekt 2017
IBAN DE04 3506 0190 1560 1000 15
Bank für Kirche und Diakonie eG

Thank your for your donation!