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About the Chrono List

About the Chronological Listing of Lectures

Our Chronological Listing of Steiner's Lectures originally came from a German manuscript — we copied it in 1980, and input the translated data into a database. We have provided a text copy at the Archive up until 2001, when we figured, why not provide the database version! Changes have been made over the years, and there will probably be more changes in the future. Please help us with this: if you can verify needed changes, let us know and we will update our data.

When selecting a Year to view, notice that the number of lectures given in that year is parenthetically displayed next to it. For years where the number of lectures exceeds 50, we will only display a month of lectures at a time. A Month pull-down selection box appears on those pages. If your browser supports javascript (and you have enabled it), you can view some interesting lecture statistics by moving your pointer over the City or Code fields in the table list.

A brief explanation of the columns is:

Date in XXXX
The Date and Time when the lecture was given, where ‘XXXX’ is the selected year. We use YYYY-MM-DD notation for the date, and the time is really anybody's guess. We assumed the lectures we given in the evening, so we picked 8 o'clock (20:00 in 24 hour notation) as a good starting time. If there were more than one lecture for a given day, we spaced them out a bit. This is by no means accurate — it is a guesstimate at best.

In the original manuscript, some lectures had no month, day, year, city, or a combination of these were missing. We have no idea what was meant by this. If a blank entry was at the beginning or end of a year, we assigned that year to it. If it was in the middle somewhere, we gave it the date of the prior entry in the listing. Please help us verify these entries.
The City where the lecture was given. For entries where there is no city, we are at a loss as to where the lecture was given — perhaps in transit? Interesting lecture statistics are waiting for you if you move your pointer over the City name in the table list. (Javascript is required, and must be enabled)
A notational Code representing a feature/subject/topic of the lecture. If no code is present, the lecture should be considered given to members of the Anthroposophical Society. The meaning of the codes is reproduced here:
  • A – Lecture for the Workmen at the Goetheanum
  • B – Suppliment to the Complete Works (Gesamtausgabe)
  • C – Lecture for Priests of the Christian Community
  • E – Esoteric School
  • G – Lecture for Anthroposophists on the History of The Anthroposophical Movement and The Anthroposophical Society
  • K – Lecture on the Arts and Speech Formation
  • M – Lecture on Medicine
  • N – Lecture on Nature
  • O – Open (Public) Lecture
  • P – Lecture on the Visual Arts
  • R – Reference in the GA
  • S – Lecture on Social Life
Code “K” in the GA Nr column designates a Reproduction or publication from the artistic works.
Interesting lecture statistics are waiting for you if you move your pointer over the Code field in the table list. (Javascript is required, and must be enabled)
GA Number
The Gesamtausgabe Number assigned to this lecture in the Bibliographical Survey, published by the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland, in 1961. If this field is missing, a GA number has not been assigned, yet.
This last column tells how many sheets with blackboard drawings belong to the corresponding lecture. If the number is underlined, the original is archived at the Goetheanum.

What is presented here is the best knowledge we have of when and where the various lectures were given. We will always present up-to-date data as far as we have information to do so.

— The e.Librarian