Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures
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Max Kade Center building (front view)The Max Kade Center at the University of Kansas

 ● focuses on collecting and preserving the literature of German-speaking immigrants. Library holdings include and build on a large collection that originally belonged to the gymnastic societies (Turnvereine) of New York, Milwaukee and Lawrence.

 ● investigates Kansas German dialects. This research has involved interviews with the dwindling number of immigrants or descendants of immigrants who still speak a German dialect today. Using innovative recording technology, the center has transcribed the spoken word into print and also made the recorded word available on our Web site. Thus the origins of the dialect can be traced back to a specific area in the German homeland.

● administers and expands on the basis of the externsive John Spalek exile collection. This collection includes major writers such as Thomas Mann, Franz Werfel, Lion Feuchtwanger, and Ernst Toller. The center also features smaller collections about immigrant groups that have settled in Kansas, such as the German Mennonites who came to this state by way of Russia.

● awards grants to students and established scholars to conduct research at the Max Kade Center. See application form at Website of the Center.


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Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
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