Storing, Archiving, Organizing

The Changing Dynamics of Scholarly Information Management in Post-Reformation Zurich

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Storing, Archiving, Organizing: The Changing Dynamics of Scholarly Information Management in Post-Reformation Zurich is a study of the Lectorium at the Zurich Grossmünster, the earliest of post-Reformation Swiss academies, initiated by the church reformer Huldrych Zwingli in 1523. This institution of higher education was planned in the wake of humanism and according to the demands of the reforming church. Scrutinizing the institutional archival records, Anja-Silvia Goeing shows how the lectorium’s teachers used practices of storing, archiving, and organizing to create an elaborate administrative structure to deal with students and to identify their own didactic and disciplinary methods. She finds techniques developing that we today would consider important to understand the history of information management and knowledge transfer.
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Biographical Note

Anja-Silvia Goeing, Privatdozent at Zurich University/visiting fellow at Harvard, has written about humanist biographies (1999; 2014) and co-edited volumes about textbooks and collectors’ knowledge (2008; 2013). Most recently, she co-edited For the Sake of Learning (2016), dedicated to Anthony Grafton.

Review Quotes

At every step, Goeing keeps her focus on intellectual tools: how were they structured, how were they deployed, and how did they circulate or mutate in changing circumstances? This approach makes her book an innovative contribution to the history of erudition and intellectual organization in the late sixteenth century."" [...]
"the innovative approaches that Goeing brings to her material and her ability to connect the abundant Zurich sources to diverse branches of scholarship through wide-ranging references to the literature make this an important and challenging monograph."
Randolph C. Head, University of California, Riverside. In: Renaissance Quarterly, vol. LXXI, no. 1

Table of contents

Acknowledgments
Webpage Contents: Further Materials
List of Illustrations and Tables
Notes on the Transcription

INTRODUCTION
1 The Development of Scholarly Practices Within Institutions
2 Scholarship and Protestantism
3 Why Zurich as a Case Study
4 Sources and Methodological Considerations
5 Zurich and the Production and Transfer of Knowledge

Part I
SWISS TOWN POLITICS, EDUCATION, AND ADMINISTRATION IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY
6 Swiss Town Politics, Higher Education, and Notions of Administration, Storage, and Order after the Reformation
7 Zurich Higher Education, 1555–1580
8 The Zurich Lectorium in the Secondary Literature

Part II
FROM SOCIETY TO SCHOOL: THE ZURICH SCHOOL REGULATIONS OF 1559
9 The School Regulations: Grossmünster, Stift and Town Council Documents
10 School Regulations as Scribal Publication
11 School Regulations: Aims in Education and Administration
12 School Statutes and Regulations in Zurich and in Europe: Distinction, Development, and European Background
13 Borrowed Decora and Full-Fledged Systematic Structures

Part III
STANDARDS OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION: KEEPING MINUTES IN ZURICH, 1560–1580
14 The Use of Minutes in Zurich’s Institutions: School Governance
15 The School Minutes: Educational and Administrative Practices
16 Tabular Classifications of the Zurich Lectorium, 1560–1580
17 The Practice of Regulations: Explicit References to Rules
18 An Archive of Stable Practices

Part IV
CLASS INSTRUCTION: LECTURES AND THE USE OF TEXTBOOKS
19 Zurich’s Textbooks and Class Instruction: Introduction
20 Content and Significance of Teaching in the Zurich Lectorium
21 Practices of Collecting and Organizing Knowledge
22 Class Instruction and Education: Gessner and Zurich

CONCLUSION
23 The Changing Dynamics of Scholarly Information Management in Post-Reformation Zurich and Its European Context

BIBLIOGRAPHY
1 Primary Sources
2 Secondary Literature

APPENDICES
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Academic Directors, Teachers, and Students at the Lectorium
1 List of Academic Directors at the Grossmünster Stift given in the Preface of the School Minutes

2 Teachers named in the School Minutes
- Table with entries of staff lists in the Zurich Lectorium minutes
- Table with names of staff in list entries

3 Students
- Table with names of auditors of the lectorium listed in the Zurich Lectorium minutes

Documents pertaining to the Grossmünster Stift’s School Regulations
4 The Grossmünster Stift Regulations of 1532 Regarding the Lectorium’s Lecturers and Its Variations from 1523 to 1540
5 Transcription of the Regulations of 1559/1560

School Minutes (Acta Scholastica)
6 School Minutes, compiled by Johannes Wolf (1560–1561)
7 School Minutes, compiled by Rudolf Gwalther (1561–1562)
8 School Minutes, compiled by Ludwig Lavater (1562–1563)
9 School Minutes, compiled by Wolfgang Haller (1563–1564)
10 School Minutes, compiled by Josias Simmler (1564–1566)
11 From the School Minutes (Acta Scholastica): Organization of Administrative Penalties (1578) and Index (1580) by Johann Jacob Friess

Textbooks
12 Contents of Gessner, De Anima (1563)

Readership

This study addresses students and researchers of 16th century post-Reformation scholarship, of book history, the history of education and religion, and the history of knowledge and information management.

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