The over 1,000 estates preserved by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Bavarian State Library) include very rich, often unique visual material. Contrary to the photos from the archives of photographers, these exposures often have a more private character that makes them particularly interesting.
The images comprise views made in the most diverse graphic techniques. Among the photos are exposures from the earliest time of this technique, for example a daguerreotype of 1859 up to shots taken directly in the present age.
At the moment, over 3,000 photos from estates are available in digitised form for bavarikon. Most of them – over 1,800 images – consist of portraits of well-known and less known persons of the nineteenth century, collected by the scholar Hyazinth Holland (1827–1918). This collection is a unique example of its kind.