Collection Development Policy Statement: German

I. General Collecting Guidelines

A. General Purpose

The collection supports teaching and research through the doctoral level and beyond in all areas of German literature as well as Germanic philology. In Dutch and Scandinavian, the collection provides basic materials for instruction and preliminary research. In both cases,library resources in these fields are uses by faculty and students in other language departments and related disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The focus of the Department of German at Princeton University has changed to also include all of German cultural and intellectual life, i.e. in addition to language and literature, film, photography, art,television, radio, theater, popular culture,political, cultural, and social theory.

B. Subjects Excluded

Translations into German from other literatures and all other subjects not indicated above.

C. Overlap with Other Collections or Subjects

For possible overlap with linguistics, comparative literature, creative writing (in the area of contemporary literature in translation), medieval studies, philosophy,history, film studies (in the area of German cinema), and with English (in the area of Germanic philology), see also the statements of these respective collections.

II. Scope

D. Languages Collected and Excluded

Primary texts collected include materials in German, Latin, Dutch, primary Old Norse Literature and the Scandinavian languages. Secondary literature is collected in all Western European languages with emphasis on English, French, German, and Italian. Asian and Slavic languages are excluded.

E. Geographical Limits

Collecting is limited to materials from or about the languages and literary culture of German-speaking Europe, the Netherlands and Belgium, and the Scandinavian countries.

F. Chronological Limits

For German language and literature: from the earliest written records to the present; for Dutch: from the seventeenth-century to the present; and for Scandinavian: from the medieval period to the present.

G. Retrospective Acquisition

Acquisition of some out-of-print and antiquarian material as well as microfilm collections are necessary to maintain and improve a strong collection in this field. The Department of German has in recent years increasingly focused on literature and the visual arts and media. It may, therefore, be necessary to acquire materials related to visual art, cinema, photography, theater, and television.

I. Other Factors

The German approval plan covers many titles in German language and literature.

III. Types of Materials

A. Included

Monographs, monographic series, serials, conference proceedings, facsimiles, reprints, Festschriften, microforms, electronic media (including electronic text), and video recordings. Exhibition catalogs, sound recordings, and dissertations are acquired selectively.

B. Excluded

Maps, graphs, manuscripts, ephemera, posters,juvenalia, most textbooks/readers, technical reports, government documents.

IV. Strengths

Princeton University's holdings for German literature from the 18th-century through the 20th-century are strong. Notable manuscript collections include: German authors; several Goethe manuscripts; and the Thomas Mann collection

V. Subjects and desired levels of Collecting

German Literature 4
German Linguistics 4
Germanic Philology (Middle High German, Old High German, Old Saxon, Gothic, Old Norse 4
Dutch Language and Literature 3/2
Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, and Icelandic Languages and Literatures 3/2

Last Updated: December 2004
URL: Germpolicy.htm