Otto Lauffer

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Otto Lauffer
Born (1874-02-20)20 February 1874
Weende, now part of Göttingen
Died 8 August 1949(1949-08-08) (aged 75)
Resting place Ohlsdorf Cemetery, location R9 (29-30)
approx. 53°37′18″N 10°2′16″E / 53.62167°N 10.03778°E / 53.62167; 10.03778
Nationality German
Alma mater University of Göttingen

Otto Lauffer (20 February 1874 – 8 August 1949) was a German folklorist and cultural historian.


Otto Lauffer was born in Weende[1] (which is today is a district of Göttingen) on 20 February 1874 and spent his childhood there, until 1886.

He studied German language and literature studies, history and art history in Göttingen (enrolled on 22 August 1891), Berlin, Munich and again in Göttingen (enrolled 24 April 1894). In 1896 he was awarded his doctorate under the supervision of Moritz Heyne.

In 1902, Lauffer became an assistant[clarification needed] at, and in 1907 director of the Historical Museum in Frankfurt. From 1908 until the opening in 1922, he oversaw the building of the Hamburg History Museum (now "hamburgmuseum"), continuing in his role as director until 1946.

In the same year that the University of Hamburg was founded, Otto Lauffer was granted the first professorship in folklore in Germany, which he retained until 1939. In 1922/23, he was also rector of the University.

Lauffer died on 8 August 1949 in Hamburg, and was buried in the Ohlsdorf Cemetery there (grave reference: R9 (29-30)). His collected works are to be found in the Hamburg University Library. On 20 February 1984, a memorial plaque was decidated to his memory in Weende.

The Otto-Lauffer-Straße in Weende and the Otto Lauffer barge in Hamburg are named after him.


  1. ^ Brückner,, Wolfgang; Beitl, Klaus (eds.). Volkskunde als akademische Disziplin: Studien zur Institutionenausbildung. Referate eines wissenschaftlichen Symposions vom 8.-10. Oktober 1982 in Würzburg [Folklore as an Academic Discipline]. Sitzungsberichte, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften Philosophisch-Historische Klasse (Vienna). 414. Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. p. 87. ISBN 9783700105855. 

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