ARH-Portal People and Institutions
The online-portal People and Institutions operated by the Archives of Rural History (ARH) was originally conceived as an internal working tool. Since then, it has become an open-access research resource. The portal contains information on about 9,000 people and approximately 500 institutions. In addition, most of the entries are linked to each other as well as to additional texts and film material (which is made available online by the ARH, outside the portal). These links not only reveal connections between institutions and individuals but they also make visible important fields of activity and professional and family networks. In other words, the entries in the portal lead to information about people and institutions, but at the same time they also point far beyond them.
What the portal offers additionally
The portal People and Institutions is first and foremost a reference work. But the diversity of entries and the possibilities for contextualizing and linking them also make the portal a research resource that stimulates its own questions and helps readers to gain new insights. Thematic and institutional networks can be highlighted and genealogies can be reconstructed. In addition, the organizational environment in which the institutions emerged can be made visible as the following examples illustrate.
Maintenance and expansion of the ARH portal People and Institutions costs money. Since the Archives of Rural History is not supported by the authorities, we are dependent on contributions from private individuals, foundations and organizations. By making a contribution to the Supporting Association of the ARH (PC account 60-209365-6), you make it possible to maintain and expand this encyclopaedia.