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The Collection

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The Karl Rahner Archive is a repository of the literary estate of Karl Rahner SJ. The collection has been continually expanded through acquisitions and gifts of material closely related to the existing collection, either in order to close existing gaps in the collection or to document the context or the development of Karl Rahner’s work. From Rahner’s early years at Innsbruck, these include material stemming from his close cooperation with his brother, the distinguished patristic scholar and church historian Hugo Rahner SJ (1900-1968), as well as with colleagues such as the liturgist Josef Andreas Jungmann SJ (1889-1975).

The main holdings of the archive consist of Rahner’s published work: drafts, sketches, prepared lectures, books, codices and numerous reports dating from the time of the Second Vatican Council; as well as unpublished work. In 1984 this material included some 4000 titles. In addition to scholarly documents, the collection also contains correspondence, numerous photographs, personal documents, a small reference library, medals, orders and honorary degrees as well as records and video and audio cassettes.

The preparatory work for Karl Rahner’s publications, unpublished reports, drafts and correspondence, partly in binders with indications of their origins, were first collected in 1964 after Rahner had moved to the University of Munich. This collection was based on the initiative of Rahner’s then-research assistant Karl Lehmann, currently Cardinal, bishop of Mainz and long-standing chairman of the German Bishops\' conference.

During the renovation of the Innsbruck theological faculty buildings and before being moved to Munich in February 2008, the archives were housed in the new facilities of the Jesuit College, originally founded by Peter Canisius SJ in 1562. Since the move to Munich, the Karl Rahner Archive has been incorporated into the Archives of the German Province of the Jesuits as separate department. Writings for which Rahner was either the author or editor are housed in the reading rooms of the Archives (Kaulbachstr . 22a). The remaining materials - about two-thirds of the total collection – are housed in the stacks of the Archive (Kaulbachstr. 31a).

Józef Niewiadomski, M.A., currently Professor of Systematic Theology and Dean of the Theological Faculty at Innsbruck, had made initial preparations for the collection at the behest of Walter Kern. Later additional steps were taken:

(1) In stages, beginning in 1985, the Collection was reviewed, arranged and supplemented, under the direction of Roman A. Siebenrock.
(2). The arrangement of the archive largely corresponds to that established by Rahner during his lifetime. Criteria for formal ordering of the materials were adopted from the Bavarian State Library in Munich. The Collection is divided into the following subdivisions:

1. Manuscripts: Includes all of Karl Rahner’s own writings or writings under his direction, regardless of their form or content. These writings include: manuscripts, notes, publications, audio and video recordings, as well as documents of questionable authorship and duplicates, mostly copies, of manuscripts. This includes his work as editor and as a member of various academic and ecclesial commissions and working-groups, including related correspondence.

2. Letters: All of Rahner’s written communications to and from persons and institutions is collected. Where third parties are concerned, there are access restrictions on the use of the materials.

3. Autobiographical Documents: These are official and private certificates that attest or authenticate biographical information.

4. Collector items: These are documents that are closely linked to the literary estate, but can not be counted among his scholarly work, including documents from his own student and Jesuit training days, handwritten lecture notes, seminars, sermons, talks, speeches; Festschriften, works written under Rahner’s supervision; photos, portraits, and caricatures.

5. Second Vatican Council: A separate section was set up for materials concerning the Council. The majority of these documents were in the possession of Professor Elmar Klinger and only later became part of the Archive. Klinger was Professor at Wurzburg and editor of the Festschrift Glaube im Prozeß, which marked Karl Rahner’s 80th birthday.

6. Secondary Literature: In addition to assisting academic researchers and collecting and documenting the constant stream of primary and secondary literature, the Archive is the source and the information point for the 32-volume edition of Rahner’s collected works (Sämtliche Werke) whose first volume appeared in 1995.

From November 2008, the holdings of the archive were viewed and electronically recorded in an archive database. The previous archive signatures (KRA I, A, etc.) have been retained as far as possible.

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(1) "Father Kern did everything in his power to see that someone was relieved of other duties in order to work in the archive. Since I was an assistant at the Institute he commissioned me to do the preliminary sorting out of the material. Various things had already been sorted out by the Jesuits, especially Rahner’s unpublished work. I simply began to organize Fr. Rahner’s publications and arrange them in order. We bought a small stamp pad and stamp—“Rahner-Archiv.” Fr. Kern was, in actuality, the first archivist and I his assistant. We then had the idea that we should apply for financial support for this endeavor from the “Fonds für Wissenschaftliche Forschung” (FWF: Funds for the Promotion of Academic Research”) in Austria and we were able to obtain a grant. We received enough money to hire someone for a half-time position; the applicant that we selected was Roman Siebenrock. I was the relieved of my position. But I was the one who first worked on sorting out the material and Fr. Kern was the driving force behind the establishment of the archive.” Józef Niewiadomski, “A Jesuit wearing a necktie”, in Encounters with Karl Rahner: Remembrances by those who knew him, edited and translated by Andreas R. Batlogg and Melvin E. Michalski. Translation edited by Barbara Turner (Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Marquette University Press, 2009) 327-328.

(2) See Roman A. Siebenrock, Mitteilungen aus dem Karl-Rahner-Archiv (KRA) in: Stimmen der Zeit, Special Issue, 1:2004, 31-42, reprinted as “Experiences in the “Karl-Rahner-Archiv” in Encounters with Karl Rahner, edited and translated by Andreas R. Batlogg and Melvin E. Michalski. Translation edited by Barbara Turner (Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Marquette University Press, 2009) 365-379.
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(1) Vgl. Ein Professor mit Krawatte! Im Gespräch mit Józef Niewiadomski, Innsbruck, in: A. R. Batlogg – M. E. Michalski (Hg.), Begegnungen mit Karl Rahner. Weggefährten erinnern sich. Freiburg 2006, 306-313, 308 f.: „Pater Kern hat sich sehr darum bemüht, daß jemand für die Bearbeitung des Archivs freigestellt wird. Da ich Assistent am Institut war, hat er mich mit den ersten Sortierarbeiten beauftragt. Verschiedene Dinge waren natürlich von den Jesuiten schon aussortiert, vor allem ungedruckte Sachen. Ich habe einfach angefangen, die Veröffentlichungen Pater Rahners zu ordnen und aufzustellen. Wir haben uns einen kleinen Stempel zugelegt: ,Rahnerarchiv‘. Pater Kern war gewissermaßen der erste Archivar, und ich war gewissermaßen der Hilfsknabe. Dann kam der Gedanke, daß man sich bewerben kann um finanzielle Unerstützung des ,Fonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung‘ in Österreich. Das ist dann auch geglückt. Eine halbe Stelle wurde bewilligt, der Posten wurde ausgeschrieben, es gab etliche Bewerbungen. Ich habe alle zusammen mit Pater Kern gelesen, und er hat damals Roman Siebenrock ausgewählt. Dann wurde ich abgelöst. Die Reihenfolge der ersten Ordnung im Archiv geht aber auf mich zurück.“

(2) Vgl. R. A. Siebenrock, Erfahrungen im Karl-Rahner-Archiv, in: Stimmen der Zeit Spezial 1 – 2004, 31-42; Nachdruck in: A. R. Batlogg – M. E. Michalski (Hg.), Begegnungen mit Karl Rahner, 343-358.
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