Collection of manuscript documents, engravings, and other
pictorial material chiefly from the 17th century relating to the activities and
membership of the Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft, the earliest German learned society,
founded in 1617.
A particularly important aspect of the German Baroque period was the emergence of
social structures which promoted literacy and the humanistics arts and sciences.
Learned societies were established throughout Europe to bring scholars and writers
together. One such society was the Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft (Fruitbearing
Society), known also as the Palmenorden (Order of the Palms) because its emblem was
the then-exotic coconut palm tree. Founded in 1617, it played a major role in
encouraging the use of written German, and in establishing linguistic and stylistic
norms for the language. This collection represents the early years of its activity
during the 17th and early 18th centuries.
308 manuscript documents; 312 copperplate engravings, and other graphic
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materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley,
94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include
or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.
Collection is open for research.