The database is freely accessible via the Internet. It currently offers access to more than 50,000 letters with their basic data (sender, recipient, place, date, holding institution). In addition, it provides detailed summaries of the contents of thousands of letters. Free text search and a keyword index allow for a targeted search. Wherever available, links are supplied to digitized copies of the letters in question.
For scholars from abroad who are not proficient in German a parallel English user interface was established. By 2023, all or most of the detailed summaries are expected to be available in English as well.
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Konrad Geßner to Joachim Camerarius II., Zürich, August 5, 1558 (Erlangen, UB, Trew Gesner Nr. 1; summary [S. Weidmann] under: www.aerztebriefe.de/id/00000242, last accessed March 10, 2020).