Corpus of German Suicide Notes (CorGeS)

Uploaded: 2024-02-06
Languages: German
Collected from: 1913
Access category: Controlled
To: 1937


The Corpus of German Suicide Notes (CorGeS) is a collection of suicide notes from the 1910s to 1930s. The notes were collected by a police officer in Germany.

Subject keywords: suicide notes, suicide letters
Data types: Written
Funders: N/A
Associated AIFL centres: None
License: Non-Commercial Government Licence for public sector information


The Corpus of German Suicide Notes, short CorGeS (pronounced like the plural noun for the dog breed), is a collection of transcribed suicide notes from the 1910s to 1930s. The corpus comprises a total of 118 cases. All notes were collected by a police officer and were retyped or rewritten in the collection process. Some of the notes were left in relation to attempted suicides, while four notes are presumably not related to a suicide, but remain in the dataset for full disclosure. For some cases more than one note has been collected, so the full corpus contains 140 files/notes. The corpus comprises around 24000 tokens. The corpus is currently non-anonymised and available either as text files, PDF scans of letters, or the full physical folder containing the documents, and is only available by specific application as it contains personal information of the deceased.

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Information: This dataset contains highly sensitive material or data that come from a third party and have heavy constraints on access and use. This dataset is therefore stored not on the FoLD web server but on an air-gapped, offline computer in our secure data lab at the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics. Users who wish to access this dataset must make a detailed application to FoLD and the researcher, as well as potentially gain additional agreement from an external organisation before they can be approved for access.

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