Library and Manuscripts
The library contains both of Richard Wagner’s private libraries: the “Dresden Library” and the “Wahnfried Library”. These are supplemented by the research library which is constantly being extended by the addition of up-to-date literature from international Wagner research programs.
The manuscript collection in the National Archives contains the literary estate of Richard and Cosima Wagner, the artistic estate of Siegfried Wagner as well as documentation concerning the Bayreuth Festival history (from approx.. 1872 to 1944). Another important component is the manuscripts taken from the former Richard Wagner Memorial Bayreuth, which include, among other things, the estate of Houston Stewart Chamberlain, Wagner’s son-in-law .
The focus of the picture archive is on pictures of Richard and Cosima Wagner, their children and families, as well as contemporary characters. The oldest of these pictures dates back to the 1860s. In addition, numerous illustrations of Wahnfried House and the Festival hall also form part of the collection, as well as productions, stage sets and participants, from 1876 to the present day.
The collection comprises around 8000 items. It contains a broad spectrum of pieces, ranging from busts, stage set models and oil paintings to textiles. Of the more than 500 textile articles, most are items of clothing worn by Cosima and Richard Wagner, but there are also some costumes from the early productions of the Bayreuth Festival.
National Archives & Administration:
Richard Wagner Museum Bayreuth
2, Wahnfried St
Tel: +49 (0) 921 – 75 72 8-0