Written documents by Ludwig van Beethoven and other people
More than 500 of the 1770 known private and business letters from Beethoven belong to the collections of the Beethoven-Haus. The original documents featured as part of the Digital Archives are accompanied by a table of contents and a description of the source.
In addition, 335 letters are presented in an audio format. When choosing which letters should be turned into audioletters, criteria such as content and recipients were considered. Letters to publishers were given priority, followed by letters to friends and patrons, family members, colleagues, techers, civil servants and physicians. These letters provide a more personal insight into Beethoven's life as a person, artist and businessman.
Besides the correspondence between other people, there are other text documents such as files and certificates, receipts, catalogues, album sheets and so on, which are used for researching Beethoven's life.