In the 18th century, the private household and the scientific workspace were not mutually exclusive. Many scholars taught at home, their books and collections were their private property. This enabled many women, who worked in professor households, to be scientifically active. The so-called “University housekeepers”, such as Dorothea von Schlözer, attained great fame. As professor’s daughters, they were in contact with science from an early age. As adult women, they earned their livelihoods as authors, translators or editors – albeit most of the time in the shadows of their husbands. It is probably no coincidence that three of them are only represented as silhouettes alongside male scholars in the private memory album of the Hungarian student Gregorius von Berzeviczy.

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