WossiDiA - Wossidlo Digital Archive

The computer program/database  WossiDiA (Wossidlo Digital Archive) helps us to transfer more than two million notes and correspondences - the actual estate of Mecklenburg’s ethnographer Richard Wossidlo (1859–1939) - into a digital archive.

Richard Wossidlo passes for the founder of "Volkskunde" in Mecklenburg, as one of the “fathers” of German speaking "Volkskunde" (current disciplines European Ethnology/Cultural Anthropology) and as one of the most important field researchers of European Ethnology. He also formed the concept of  ethnographic museum in his area and collected oral data for the later published "Mecklenburgisches Wörterbuch" (Dictionary of Eastern Low German Language, precisely of the Mecklenburgian dialect). 

This project is supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG/ Scientific Library Services and Information Systems) and the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) and executed at the Institut für Volkskunde (Department of Volkskunde/ European Ethnology)  in cooperation with the Department of Computer Science at the University of Rostock.


Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Wossidlo-Archivs e.V.
Mörikeweg 8

18146 Rostock

Tel.: 0381-6374940