The Project

The objective of this pilot project”The Viennese Court. A prosopographical portal”, VieCPro, is to create a virtual research environment in which a gradual overall reconstruction of the entire Viennese Court at all social, family and professional levels will be made possible in the long term (see menu item Vision). This is a project that was recently called for by the Dutch court historian Jeroen Duindam in his review of the first volume published by Irene Kubiska-Scharl and Michael Pölzl, „Die Karrieren des Wiener Hofpersonals 1711 – 1765“[1],

“… the lists of names and offices, [are] of major importance, yet two comments need to be made here. First of all, it is a pity that the lists were not made available online in an easily searchable format. […] such a database would be of exceptional value: as an instrument for long-term research on families attached to the court. [The results of the project] offer […] a basis for the prosopography of the court––and raises expectations about a comprehensive and digitally available listing of court staff.”

Duindam, Jeroen: Rezension von Irene Kubiska-Scharl, Michael Pölzl, Die Karrieren des Wiener Hofpersonals 1711 – 1765. Eine Darstellung anhand der Hofkalender und Hofparteienprotokolle, (Forschungen und Beiträge zur Wiener Stadtgeschichte 58.) Studienverlag, Innsbruck–Wien–Bozen 2013, in: MIÖG 124 (2016), 232.

In the realisation of this project, two projects approved in Vienna in spring 2020 are now pooling their financial and human resources:

Project team and funding
Picture from the VieCPro short introductory video of 8 July 2020

Funded by the Innovation Fund of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), both projects will be located at the ÖAW Institute for Habsburg and Balkan Studies and will start work on a comprehensive prosopographic database of the early modern Viennese court in September 2020. In this pilot phase, the focus will be on the Viennese court society between 1657 and around 1835.

The planned database will be based on three existing data collections and one new data set:

  • the unstructured data on Leopold I’s court from the FWF project “The Viennese Court Society under Emperor Leopold I. (1657-1705)” headed by Leopold Auer and with the collaboration of Sigrid Freisleben, Elisabeth Hilscher, Christine Elisabeth, Stefan Sienell (2001-2005)
  • the structured data on the courts of Charles VI, Maria Theresa, Joseph II, Leopold II and Franz II (I.) from the FWF project “Personnel and Organization of the Viennese Court 1715-1806 under the direction of Martin Scheutz and with the collaboration of Irene Kubiska-Scharl and Michael Pölzl (2011-2016)
  • a test sample consisting of the marriage registrations of the Viennese parish of St. Stephan, digitized on Matricula Online and
  • the newly collected data on the personnel of the court of Franz II. (I.) for the years between 1792 and 1835

Although the VieCPro team will work together on the realization of the database, the two projects have different focuses. While the team led by Marion Romberg and Maximilian Kaiser will be responsible for the realization of the technical infrastructure and the first and third data sets, the team led by Katrin Keller will be largely responsible for curating the second and fourth data sets.

See also the menu items Data Collection, Database and Vision for more information.

[1] Kubiska-Scharl, Irene, Pölzl, Michael (2013): Die Karrieren des Wiener Hofpersonals 1711 – 1765. Eine Darstellung anhand der Hofkalender und Hofparteienprotokolle, Innsbruck–Wien–Bozen 2013 (Forschungen und Beiträge zur Wiener Stadtgeschichte, 58).