Theater-Journale und -Almanache
Paul S. Ulrich  & 

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Theater journals and almanacs were an integral part of theater life in the 19th century and are an essential source for theater historical research:

·         Local theater journals review a single venue’s past season and are often the only source on a theater’s artistic as well as technical personnel. Usually produced by the prompter at his or her own expense and peddled as a source for supplemental income, they were intended for local audiences and often included poems, anecdotes, or couplets.

·         Universal theater almanacs, on the other hand, list international German-speaking theater companies and their personnel in over 3,600 locations. The information was reported in the fall by the respective management to an editorial office; the almanacs and yearbooks were distributed nationwide and usually published over a longer period of time.

Paul S. Ulrich, theater scholar and librarian from Berlin, has tracked down around 7,000 journals and 400 almanacs since the 1990s, in the holdings of more than 360 libraries, archives, museums and private collections worldwide.

In cooperation with the  Don Juan Archive Vienna, he makes his impressive collection of originals and reproductions available in the "Theaterpublizistik digital" project, and he provides the bibliographical data via this online catalogue:


Search for theater journals and almanacs

… which are available digitally via the catalogs of the owning institutions.

which can be viewed in the digital archive of the Don Juan Archive Vienna.

… which so far were only proven bibliographically as desiderata

Contact us if you have references to theater journals and almanacs that have not yet been identified or can only be identified bibliographically. We also welcome other supplementary information.


Publication Series

Paul S. Ulrich's evaluations of the content of the theater journals and almanacs are also published in printed form: the series Topographie und Repertoire des Theaters is published by the Hollitzer Verlag, the volume Wiener Theater (1752–1918) is dedicated to the Viennese theater landscape.

Three more volumes were published in November 2022:
the bibliography of the local theater journals (volume I), Paul S. Ulrich indexes arount 7,000 theater journals from the period 1772-1918 bibliographically. Volume II presents the editors togehter with selected theater lwas for prompters as well as poems and prose texts included in the journals by this professional group. Volume III documents the printed schedules printed in theater journals and almanacs: a directory of the repertoires arranged according to chronology, topography and direction.

More information about the series and other planned volumes here.



Contact / Impressum

Wiener Theater-Almanach auf das Jahr 1811, Sammlung Don Juan Archiv Wien

Theater-Journal Wiener Theater Almanach
auf das Jahr 1811

(Don Juan Archive Vienna) is a co-production of Paul S. Ulrich and the Don Juan Archive Vienna.

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