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Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

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Special Library Collections in German

The Rainer Maria Rilke Collection comprises more than 1,200 volumes, including all first editions, critical editions, translations, bibliographies, criticism, and various materials on the reception of his works.

The Engel German Library is an endowed departmental library housing an expanding collection of reference works, standard editions, basic secondary literature, current German periodicals, newspapers and magazines, as well as tape recordings, records, slides, and audio-visual equipment.

Max Kade Center for German-American Studies

The center collects materials on German culture in the United States and fosters scholarship in German-Americana, especially dialect, literary, and interdisciplinary cultural studies, including dissertation research. The materials—10,000 books, as well as magazines, journals, and other writings—were produced or brought to this country by German-speaking immigrants and exiles from Nazi Germany. Among the holdings are materials from the Turner societies of New York, Milwaukee and Lawrence. The center sponsors lectures, symposia, workshops, and conferences, publishes the Yearbook of German-American Studies for the Society of German-American Studies, and houses the Linguistic Atlas of Kansas German Dialects.

For information, contact Frank Baron, Director, Sudler House, 785-864-7343 or 7342, german@ku.edu.

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