The lawyer and writer Felix Dahn (1834–1912) was a professor of legal history. He studied law and philosophy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) in Munich, changed for a while to the Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Berlin and received his doctorate after his return to Munich. In addition to his academic career, Felix Dahn also worked as a writer. From the 1860s onwards, Dahn regularly published poems in the then extremely popular magazine "Die Gartenlaube" (The Bower). Dahn’s fame and success as a writer are largely based on his historical novel "Ein Kampf um Rom" (A Struggle for Rome). In addition, Dahn co-authored with his second wife Therese (1845–1929), a second degree niece of poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, a number of extensive historical novels, of collections of legends and of mythological stories.
In addition to manuscripts and drafts of his poetic and scholarly works, Dahn’s estate also contains biographical documents and his correspondence with institutions and private individuals. The estate also includes a collection of material consisting of playbills, reviews and newspaper articles on Felix Dahn and his work.
Parts of the estate have been digitised for bavarikon and are available here, for example the proofs of the operatic poem "Ratbold" with handwritten corrections of the text by Felix Dahn.