Prof. Dr. h. c. Richard Wossidlo (1859-1939) counts as founding father of Mecklenburg’s Volkskunde, as one of the “fathers” of German speaking Volkskunde and as on of the most important field researchers of European Ethnology.
After his German secondary school qualifying for university matriculation at the Großen Stadtschule in Rostock in 1876 Wossidlo studied Classical Philology in Rostock, Leipzig and Berlin in 1883. Without copleting his dissertation he chooses a higher teacher position and taught Latin and Greek at Secondary School in Waren from 1886 until 1922.
But actually his profession applied to folkloristic collection and research, which he did passionately for a half century as a “private teacher” together with many helpers. Therefore he sacrificed his funds.
His working place (at last in “Weinbergschloss” in Waren) resembled an established institute for research. Means for research used by him are still base for the Institute of Folklore today.