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Jenemann Archive Project

Background History


After the death of Hans Jenemann and the death of his wife in 2008 several individuals have conspired to finding homes for the material that we now call the Jenemann Archive. The balances were sold to private and company museums in part while he was still alive, and the remainder after his death.

Most of the books and other writings he collected are now at the Philipp-Matthäus-Hahn Museum in Albstadt-Onstmettingen, Germany. The Riedschule collection in the same town holds many of his balances, too.


On his death a number of projects were left unfinished, including his magnum opus, on the history of balance makers in central Europe. Some of the material he had gathered for these projects passed into the hands of a former co-conspirator, Erich Robens. With Susanne Kiefer and Shanath Jayaweera he compiled his excellent and very large volume “Balances”, published by Springer (ISBN 978-3-642-36446-4).


What happened to the photographic material? The answer is that Erich Robens and Susanne Kiefer, who were custodians of the remainders of the Archive, passed all this on to myself and Ritzo Holtman, a fellow researcher and enthusiast from Holland.


And we have decided to bring what we were given into the 21st century by making it computer-readable.