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Notes of research on life and works of Joseph von Görres

Identifier: Mss035

Scope and Content Note

Collection contains historical extracts, documents, undated letters, indexes, bibliography of Görres' works, and an analysis of Görres' letters.


  • 1614-1864 (bulk 1796-1827)


Language of Materials

German, French, English

Restrictions on Access

The collection is open and available for use by researchers in the Andersen Library Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright has been retained by the authors.

Biographical Sketch for Johann Joseph Von Görres (1776-1848)

Joseph von Görres, born in 1776 in Koblenz, was a German writer, philosopher, theologian, historian, and journalist. At a young age, Görres was sent to a Latin academy where he received training under the Roman Catholic clergy. Görres was a supporter of the French Revolution and published a republican journal, Das rote Blatt (or “The Red Page”) in 1799. In 1799, Görres traveled to Paris as a political negotiator for the Rhenish provinces, which turned out unsuccessful and which led to his withdrawal from active politics. He then taught natural science in Koblenz and subsequently lectured at Heidelberg from 1806-1807, where he then became acquainted with the leaders of the second phase of German Romanticism. With these leaders, Görres edited a publication titled Zeitung für Einsiedler or “Journal for Hermits” which became a key work for the Heidelberg Romantics. With his work with German Romanticism, Görres studied German folk literature, where he then published the book Die teutschen Volksbücher or “The German Chapbooks”, which was a collection of late medieval narrative prose. He also expressed a fascination with romanticism in Asia, where he published the book Mythengeschichte der asiatischen Welt or “Mythical Stories of the Asiatic World”. In 1808, Görres returned to Koblenz, where he remained until the national struggle against Napoleon led him to found the newspaper titled Rheinische Merkur in 1814. The newspaper was considered to be the most influential of its time, first turning against Napoleon and, after his fall, against the reactionary politics of the German states, which led to its suppression in 1816. He published a pamphlet titled Deutschland und die Revolution or “Germany and the Revolution”, which forced him to flee Strasbourg to Switzerland, where he lived in poverty for several years. In 1824, Görres returned to the Roman Catholic Church and in 1827 became a professor of history at the University of Munich, forming a circle of liberal Roman Catholic scholars. Görres was an Roman Catholic spokesman for many controversies and in 1876, the Görres society was founded in his honor to advance Roman Catholic studies.

The information in this note is from the following sources:

“Joseph Von Görres.” Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, inc. Accessed January 11, 2021.

“Joseph Görres.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, April 13, 2020.


3 Cubic Feet (7 boxes)


Collection contains historical extracts, documents, undated letters, indexes, bibliography of Görres works, and an analysis of Görres' letters.

Physical Location

Mezz (R80, D5, S2-3)


Notes of research on life and works of Joseph von Görres
Alan Lathrop
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English, French, German

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