To support University teaching and research in German literature through the doctoral level. Students and faculty in the Department of Linguistics and the Comparative Literature program also have related interests in German literature.
II. General Collection Guidelines:
A. Languages: German is the primary language of the collection. Secondary works are collected in German and the other major European languages. English translations of literary works are purchased as available.
B. Chronological Guidelines: From the beginning of German literature (approximately the second half of the eighth century) to the present day.
C. Geographical Guidelines: Germany, Austria, and German-speaking Switzerland. Exile literature is included.
D. Treatment of Subject: History and criticism of German literature are acquired. Biographies of authors are purchased extensively. Children's books by important writers of belles lettres are purchased selectively. No textbooks are acquired.
E. Types of Material: Dictionaries, encyclopedias, publications of symposia and congresses are acquired. European and United States dissertations are purchased selectively to support specific teaching and research interests.
F. Date of Publication: Both current and retrospective works are purchased, with emphasis being placed on current publications. New editions of important works are purchased when new explanatory or critical material have been introduced, or when copies already held by the library become too brittle to circulate. First and rare editions are acquired only if the work is of great importance and no reprint is available.
G. Other General Considerations: The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center has limited collections of original material (such as correspondence, translatorŐs proofs, and manuscripts) related to a number of authors, including Hermann Hesse, Stefan Zweig, Thomas Mann, Rainer Maria Rilke, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, and Franz Werfel. An extensive microfilm collection of manuscripts and personal documents of Georg Kaiser is also in the HRHRC. Other materials housed there include a collection of underground literary magazines, some of which are in German, and the German Drama Collection in the Theatre Arts Library.
The Cobet Collection, a cataloged, non-circulating collection housed in the Collections Deposit Library, comprises all of German publishing for the years 1945-50. Literature of the period is of course included.
A collection of 650 titles representing a wide range of German dialects, formerly housed in the HRHRC, is now cataloged and intershelved with the main German collection in the Perry-Castañeda Library.