In 1985, the “Spener Research Center” was established in connection with the academic chair held by Johannes Wallmann. It was financed by the “Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft” (DFG) (German Research Foundation).
The initial description of tasks was:
- Development of the specific conception and the editorialprinciples of the edition.
- Editing and publication of the “Letters from the Frankfurt Period“.
The first research associate in the Spener Research Center was Udo Sträter (1985-1990), who was followed by Markus Matthias (1990-1993). From 1993 to 2001, Martin Friedrich was entrusted with the editing of the “Letters from the Frankfurt Period“.
Expansion of the Research Center:
When Johannes Wallmann moved to Humboldt University in Berlin, the Spener Research Center was transferred there, too. The first research associate was Peter Blastenbrei (2002-2007), followed by Markus Matthias (2007-2008,) and finally by Klaus vom Orde (2008-2010).
Saxon Academy of Sciences in Leipzig
When the funding of the Spener Research Center in Berlin by the DFG ended in 2010, Udo Sträter petitioned for a continuation of the edition as a project of the Saxon Academy of Sciences in Leipzig. At the heart of this stage lies the work on the “Letters from the Berlin Period“, to which the module “Correspondence with Adam Rechenberg” also belongs. The modules with the letters from the Frankfurt and Dresden periods also can be completed.
The edition of Spener letters has been continued since July, 2011, as a project of the Academy, with four research associates.