German Language Humanities Home

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


Primarily historical discussion and views on German Studies. Includes calls for proposal, new publication announcements, reviews of recent books.

Discussion forum for German literature and philology. Includes calls for proposal, new publication announcements, reviews of recent books.

Covers all areas of the arts, humanities and social sciences. Discipline and topical networks.

H-Transnational German Studies provides a moderated interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of topics relevant to the study of the German diaspora and intercultural transfer between German and non-German societies from the 17th century to the present. H-TGS was formerly H-GAGCS (German-American and German-Canadian Studies).

WIG (Women in German)
Devoted to the feminist study of German culture.


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 databases essential to researching what has been written in the field of German Language and Literature during the latter part of the 20th century and beyond:

BDSL Online (Bibliographie der deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft)
Coverage, 1985 to the present. A major bibliography for German language and literature

Germanistik Online Datenbank
Coverage starting in 1960, with annual updates

MLA International Bibliography
Coverage from 1926 to the present. Literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore from over 4,000 journals and series published worldwide

To discover earlier works, consult these print resources:

Gesamtverzeichnis des deutschsprachigen Schrifttums (GV) 1700-1910
Location: Memorial Library Reference Stacks (2 South)
Call number: Z2221 G469

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?

Subject Guide

Library Catalog


Search for holdings in libraries across the U.S. and worldwide

...or use WorldCat First Search, which shows in search listings whether an item is held by UW-Madison

Google Scholar

Center for Research Libraries

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.