Vom Ego-Dokument zum Museumskatalog

Sich wandelnde Funktionen von Inventaren im Kontext der Sammlungsgeschichte


  • Andreas Oberhofer Stadtarchiv Bruneck / Archivio storico della Città di Brunico, Italien




Bürgertumsforschung, history of collecting, history of museums, material culture, ego documents, Selbstzeugnisse


The goldsmith and autodidact Johann Nepomuk Tinkhauser (1787–1844) left numerous traces in the small town of Bruneck in the Puster Valley in South Tyrol, not least in the city archives. Above all, he is remembered as a collector, who collected numerous objects of art and folk handicrafts as well as manuscripts and printed books. Tinkhauser kept a “record book” in which he documented information about family assets and family events. This book also contains inventories that refer in part to the current household, in part to the collection. In 1910, the collection was purchased by the city of Bruneck and provided the basis for a local museum. In the course of the founding of a museum association in 1912, inventories of the holdings were produced, which differ from Tinkhauser’s listings. In 1990, after several relocations and losses, new inventories were compiled. The paper compares the inventories of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, their purposes and types as part of initially private and subsequently public art collections.





Oberhofer, A. (2022). Vom Ego-Dokument zum Museumskatalog: Sich wandelnde Funktionen von Inventaren im Kontext der Sammlungsgeschichte. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaften, 32(3), 226–251. https://doi.org/10.25365/oezg-2021-32-3-13