Ad fontes
An Introduction to Working with Sources in the Archive

The English translation of Ad fontes is currently in preparation.

Please come back later or surf the German or French version.

The Ad fontes Association
provides financial and
non-material support for Ad fontes.

New from Ad fontes

Three new transcription exercises from early modern Finland have been added to Ad fontes. They deal with a bailiff’s account from Lappee, dating from 1545, court records from the Pielsjärvi and Liperi winter session on 20-23 February 1685, and a letter to Turku-based sea captain Petter Claesson, sent on 17 June 1776.

All transcriptions are in (Early Modern) Swedish, while explanations and further information are kept in English. The newly created Ad fontes-Profile «Finland» allows to only display the pages relevant to this exercise while hiding all others, for easier navigation.

The new module has been created in cooperation with Prof. Kimmo Katajala, University of Eastern Finland. Documents and images provided by the National Archives of Finland.

Ad fontes receives another special focus: numismatics, the scientific occupation with money and its history, can now be learned and experienced in the form of training courses, an archival exercise and a large number of tutorial and resource pages.

The numismatics module was planned and created in close cooperation with and thanks to immense effort of the Münzkabinett Winterthur (Brigitte Weber and Benedikt Zäch). The technical implementation was carried out with the help of the "Ad fontes" association.

The archival exercise shows how a coin find is handled. In the trainings the description of wear and corrosion can be practiced. Extensive resources and tutorials complement the focus on numismatics.

Also new is the "Numismatics" profile, which allows only the sides with respect to coins to be displayed.

To address more Latinists and medievalists on Ad fontes, we have added four new middle and neo-Latin transcription exercises. Anyone who has always wanted to know how important historical personalities such as Bullinger, Zwingli or Felix Hemmerli wrote can now practice deciphering their manuscripts. Another new feature is a separate profile for Latin.