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Library Collections

The University of Kansas Libraries serve as “dynamic partners and campus leaders in advancing inquiry and learning for KU, for the state of Kansas, and for an ever-expanding community of world scholars.”  Watson Library, the largest library on campus, houses research collections that include extensive holdings in the fields of Germanic languages (over 4,900 titles) and literatures (nearly 43,000 titles) and German history (nearly 12,900 titles).

The Kenneth Spencer Research Library contains the Kansas Collection, which focuses on the history of Kansas, Kansans, and the Kansas region. It contains sources on the German immigrant experience that include historical photographs; several diaries and accounts of immigrants; monographs; promotional materials issued by the railroad, state, and cities to attract settlement; church histories; city and county histories; Douglas County records; and Eudora, Kansas city records. The important Rainer Maria Rilke Collection, also housed in the Spencer, contains nearly 1,600 items, among them first editions of all of Rilke’s works.

Through the KU Libraries, students have access to extensive electronic resources such as databases, E-journals, and RefWorks. KU is a member institution of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), which grants our students unlimited access, through interlibrary loan, to the Center’s more than four million publications, archives, and collections. These holdings include the largest collection of circulating international newspapers in North America and more than 800,000 foreign dissertations.

The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures supports the Engel German Library, a study facility adjacent to the Department in Wescoe Hall that contains approximately 5,000 bound volumes on German history, literature, and language; current newspapers and periodicals; and a selection of German language and musical recordings. Catalog.

The Max Kade Center for German-American Studies, located in the Sudler House, holds approximately 15,000 volumes, including the John Spalek Exile Collection, the Albert Bloch Archives, and the book collections of the Milwaukee and Lawrence Turnvereine. In October 2009, the Max Kade Center obtained the complete New York Turner Archives, which date from 1850 to 2005

Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center (EGARC)

EGARC promotes the learning and teaching of languages, cultures and humanities at the University of Kansas through the use of technology and other instructional media. Students can check out approximately 12,000 audio and video items in over 60 languages, and German classes often meet in one of the Center's three computer labs. Furthermore, EGARC provides instructors with a materials development area that includes the latest in hardware and software; the Center also offers training in new instructional technologies and supports grant and research projects focusing on languages, cultures, and the role of technology in the classroom. EGARC also administers Foreign Language Placement exams, which help students who have prior experience with a foreign language identify the correct course for continuing study of that language at KU.

Spencer Museum of Art

The Spencer Museum of Art houses an outstanding collection of European art and artifacts; European painting is one area of special strength. Just as important for our students is the Museum's commitment to interdisciplinary learning and to strengthening, supporting, and contributing to academic research and teaching at The University of Kansas. Instructors in Germanic Languages & Literatures regularly visit the Museum's galleries and Print Room with their classes so that students have the opportunity to discuss art with Museum staff and draw connections between art and their coursework in German Studies.


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