Mauro Baudino & Gerben van Vlimmeren - All rights reserved.
Introduction It is the pleasure and honor of reading and analyzing the Paul Mauser private archive because of the great work done by Mr. Walter Schmid in preserving these documents. Mr. Schmid, former director of the Waffen Museum in Oberndorf, has been one of the most authoritative Paul Mauser experts, his biography is impressive. He spent a long period of his life researching, preserving and studying this archive.He was the first researcher that seriously studied the archive providing the data to numerous researchers and authors. In the book Mauser Pistolen (Weaver, Speed and Schmid) Walter Schmid wrote about himself:My personal effort for many decades has been to recover these important and irreplaceable documents, and in this I have been at least partly successful, so that currently so much archival material is at my disposal that many important questions ca be answered concerning the factory, the technology of the period, and the history of the firm.The Paul Mauser archive is today shared between the Waffen Museum and a few collectors, among them the Mr. Baudino’s collection, from where the presented documents are extracted.Mr. Baudino and Mr. G. van Vlimmeren started the digitalization and analysis of this big part of the archive. This web site is the first evidence of this study.The authors are convinced that the best way to preserve this archive is the digitalization followed by the publishing of the entire content.For the Paul Mauser archive a new period is starting; the digitalization will provide both the perpetuity and the possibility to share and publish this irreplaceable material.