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A. R. Hohlfeld

A. R. Hohlfeld served as chair of UW-Madison's Department of German from 1904 until his retirement in 1936. In 1906 he wrote an article for Die Glocke, a German-American journal published in Chicago, in which he assessed the state of German Studies at UW-Madison, including the holdings of German-language materials at the University Library (at that time housed in the building that is now the Wisconsin Historical Society).

For a more recent overview of our German-language humanities collection, please click here.


Memorial Library's Special Collections

Our Special Collections contain a wealth of rare books, pamphlets, and documents, most of which can be identified through the Library Catalog.

Learn more about using UW-Madison's Special Collections here -- examine collection strengths in European history, literature, and social sciences here.



UW-Madison has been a leader in the field of German Studies since 1890. German-language holdings rich in historical breadth and intellectual depth may be discovered physically within Memorial Library, the Wisconsin Historical Society, and the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies.

These collections emphasize the languages, literatures, and cultures of German-speaking countries, ranging from the Middle Ages to the present, and include Germanic linguistics, foreign language education, German-Jewish relations, as well as the German element in the United States. Strong holdings in Dutch literature and linguistics comprise an evolving component of our collections.

This guide features both library and Internet resources in the area of German Studies. Please use GUIDE CONTENTS at the top right to learn more about useful databases, reference tools, and on-line and print resources at the University of Wisconsin and around the world. Resources have been selected to help users identify current trends in German Studies in general as well as to highlight particular holdings at UW-Madison.

While updates will occur periodically, please let me know if links have gone awry or if there are resources you would like to see noted here.

Call or e-mail me with comments on this guide or questions regarding your research objectives and search strategies -- my contact information can be found in the right-hand column.

Featured Resources

Three electronic bibliographies that will be most helpful in searching for works related to topics in which you are interested!

To discover earlier works, consult these print resources:

Together, these two titles are a comprehensive bibliography of primary and secondary German-language materials for the given time periods

Did You Know . . .

The most complete collection of beekeeping literature in the German language outside the Berlin Zoological Museum is held at Steenbock Library on the UW-Madison campus?

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The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries that supports advanced research and teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. CRL acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives, dissertations, and other traditional and digital resources from a global network of sources and makes them available through interlibrary loan and electronic delivery.