After studying philosophy and history in Munich, Oskar Horn (1841–1908) earned a doctorate in philosophy. He subsequently worked as a journalist and writer. However, while his literary efforts were marked by comparatively little success, Horn managed to leave his mark in the field of journalism. In 1864, Horn became a member of the editorial staff of the Allgemeine Zeitung (General Newspaper) and four years later founded the Süddeutsche Sonntagsblatt (Southern-German Sunday Paper) in Regensburg. In 1869, he became editor of the Süddeutsche Presse (Southern German Press) and, in 1872, he was appointed editor-in-chief of the Norddeutsche Zeitung (Northern-German Newspaper). As did many contemporaries, Horn belonged to the "Krokodile" (Crocodiles), a circle of poets from Munich, which existed between 1856 and 1883 and had dedicated itself to classicist-idealistic poetry (cf. Cgm 6539).
The estate of Oskar Horn is particularly interesting in connection with the activities and structure of the "Krokodile". Since Horn held the office of secretary, bookkeeper and treasurer with the "Krokodile" for a long time, a protocol book, an account book and several documents from this context have been preserved in his estate. The account book contains meeting reports, sketches and statements of expenditure, among other things.
Parts of the estate have been digitised for bavarikon and are available here: