Hyacinth Holland (1827–1918) was a historian of art and literary. After graduating from high school, Holland studied at the University of Munich from 1846 to 1851. Initially, Holland decided to study theology, but later switched to law and medicine. He also studied history as well as the history of art and literature. In 1853, he received his doctorate with a thesis on the history of German literature at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Würzburg.
Between 1854 and 1855, Holland worked as a private tutor at the house of Maximilian Count of Arco-Valley (1806–1875) in Munich; afterwards he worked as an independent scholar until 1864. From 1864–1911, Holland taught history and literature at Ascher’s educational institute. From 1877 to 1908, Holland also held a teaching position as professor of history and art history at the Königliches Max-Joseph-Stift (Royal Max-Joseph Foundation) in Munich. Holland also worked freelance for several newspapers and magazines and wrote numerous articles on Bavarian artists of the nineteenth century for the Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (General German Biography) and for the Biographisches Jahrbuch (Biographical Yearbook).
The estate contains an extensive collection of material on German and especially Bavarian literature, as well as on art, cultural history and folklore, including portfolios on Paul Heyse, Emanuel Geibel and Hermann Lingg.
Parts of the estate have been digitised for bavarikon and are available here: