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
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
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
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
- 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
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