Leonardologist’s Reference Style or solution of the Advent Riddle

There was another hard nut to crack this year. Once again, courageous people took up the challenge bridging the time span of five centuries to the spirit and work of Leonardo da Vinci.
Many thanks for the solutions sent in, all of which testify to an intense and creative involvement. Congratulations to Pasadena (California) for the winner!
Using the example of da Vinci’s notes, scattered around the world and rebound in different codices, we wanted to demonstrate how difficult is searching for manuscripts, deciphering and referencing them. As in the case of printed works, the correctness of an reference is not obtainable without checking the original. All your solutions, however, contained information about the collection, the name of the codex, sheet number and side, as well as references to secondary sources such as catalogs, scholarly publications, fable editions, facsimiles, transliterations and digital libraries. So they comply with the Leonardologist’s Reference Style.

Advent riddle: The fabulous Leonardo

Leonardo da Vinci, whose 500th anniversary will be celebrated next year, not only studied anatomy and motion of animals, but also their personality.
His observations on the nature of individual species he recorded in short, sketchy, often unfinished fables. To make it a readable story was left to later publishers and translators.
About 7200 pages of da Vinci’s notebooks on various topics have been handed down, mirror-written and richly illustrated. Today they are scattered in various collections in Europe and North America.
Da Vinci gained his knowledge rather by imagination and close monitoring than studying sources and literature. However, for our riddle we accept both approaches:

  • The Leonardo Solution: A fable idea in the style of da Vinci with one or more of the animals pictured above
  • The Leonardologist solution: A title to a recorded fable of da Vinci with one or more of the animals shown above with correct source reference of the manuscript (collection, codex, page)

Please send your solution to buero@archivauskunft.de until January, 1rd 2019, 12.00 pm CET. The winner can choose one of the following prizes:

  1. Walter Isaacson: Leonardo da Vinci
    Simon & Schuster 2017
  2. Charity Children: Fabel (Berlin Street Music, CD or Vinyl)
  3. Moleskine Notebook Classic, colour on request)

Berlin Jews and Dissidents’ Register 1812-1874

For the research of life data from persons who did not belong to any Christian official church before the introduction of registry offices , so-called Jewish or dissident registers are an important source.
The Secret State Archives Prussian Cultural Heritage (GStA) in Berlin-Dahlem preserve copies of indexes for births, marriages and deaths in Berlin for the Years 1812-1874.

VIII. HA, J1 (D) Juden- und Dissidentenregister Berlin

Card files from Berlin prisons from the Nazi era

The Archives of the federal province Berlin keep files of detainees of the Berlin prisons Plötzensee, Tegel, Charlottenburg, Barnimstraße and Moabit from the years 1934/35 to 1945.

The index cards contain biographical information, indications of the offense, terms of imprisonment and transfers as well as file numbers of the competent execution authorities. They are thus an important source for investigating the destiny of prisoners within the detention system of the Nazi state.

In accordance with § 9, para. 3 ArchGB (protection periods of personal data), these files can now be used in digitized form in the reading room of the Landesarchiv.

-> further information on the individual collections on the website of the Landesarchiv