Wittgenstein Archive Bergen

The Wittgenstein Archive at the University of Bergen (WAB) is a research infrastructure and project platform bringing together philosophy, editorial philology and text technology. It is a meeting place for scholars and students from many different research fields and geographical areas around the world.

WAB is probably best known for the publication of «Wittgenstein’s Nachlass. The Bergen Electronic Edition» (BEE, Oxford University Press 2000). This edition contains all the manuscripts of Wittgenstein’s Nachlass on six CDs in facsimiles and both normalized and diplomatic versions. The edition is equipped with a range of search and analysis functions.

WAB and Trinity College Cambridge are producing a new digital facsimile of the Wittgenstein manuscripts and typescripts kept at the Wren Library. The project has been planned for some considerable time, and is made possible through a partnership between Trinity College Cambridge, the University of Bergen and the Stanhill Foundation. The facsimile will be published Open Access on WAB’s Wittgenstein Source.


Wittgenstein Archive Cambridge

The Wittgenstein Archive in Cambridge is dedicated to the study and publication of all aspects of Wittgenstein’s work. The Archive houses facsimiles of all his manuscripts (most of the originals are in the Wren Library of Trinity College, two manuscripts are in the Bodleian Library in Oxford, and the rest are in the Austrian National Library in Vienna).

The Archive also contains the largest extant collection of original biographical material, altogether some 10,000 items, mostly photographs and letters, which over the years have served as the basis for many books, exhibitions and films on Wittgenstein.

The Archive itself is funded mainly by the city of Vienna, Referat MA18 Wissenschafts- und Forschungsförderung, the ‘Jubiläumsfonds’ of the Austrian National Bank and by private donations.

Lost archive found

“The archive, around 170,000 words plus mathematical equations, provides fresh insights into the philosopher’s mind and also shines a fascinating light on the complex relationship he had with the man who, as amanuensis, put most of the words on to paper – his young male lover Francis Skinner.”

“It has some eye-popping elements, not least the only known handwritten version of Wittgenstein’s Brown Book – notes from his Cambridge lectures in the mid-1930s. There are an additional 60 pages of manuscript for the Brown Book with a revised opening and other changes.”

“Many of the manuscripts are in the handwriting of the Trinity mathematician Francis Skinner, who plays a leading role in the story of the archive, both as Wittgenstein’s friend and amanuensis (assistant and scribe). One of the most interesting manuscripts urges us to look for the unknown in the familiar as a means of unlocking new ways of thinking.”

“The archive comprises two boxes of manuscript books and papers. When Professor Gibson first opened the boxes, he was stunned by what lay before him. The two boxes contain a series of dictated lecture notes in Skinner’s handwriting with Wittgenstein’s own handwritten revisions and corrections. A series of exercise books contain a verbatim manuscript record of material dictated by Wittgenstein to Skinner with Wittgenstein’s later amendments. These consist of the work that is now known as the Brown Book, with a revised opening, some other changes, an additional 60 pages of manuscript, together with exercise books and papers containing dictation completely unknown to Wittgenstein scholars.”