Since its foundation in 1950, the Institute of Germanic Studies (now the Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies), has attracted deposits of archive material by many individuals and organisations.

There are a number of discrete collections which give a unique overview of the history and development of Germanic studies in the UK from the 19th century onwards.

The invaluable primary sources they contain provide a rich resource for the study of subjects as diverse as language and literature, theatre history, exile studies and political satire.


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Archive of the Anglo-Austrian Society and the Anglo-Austrian Music Society [AAS]

Berthold Auerbach Collection and Archive of Germanic Drama [BAA]

Mary Beare Papers [MBE]

Margarete Berger-Hamerschlag Archive (MBH)

Jethro Bithell Papers [JBI]

The Papers of Dr P.V. Brady

Karl H. Breul Papers [KHB]

E.M. Butler Papers [EMB]

August Closs Papers [Closs/ACL]

Elizabeth Closs-Traugott Papers [Closs/ECT]

Hannah Closs Papers [Closs/HCL]

Archive of the English Goethe Society [EGS]

Exile Archive [EXS]

Leonard W. Forster Papers [LWF]

H.F. Garten Papers [HFG]

History and Development of German Studies [HGS]

Friedrich Gundolf Archive (Printed Catalogues only) [FGU]

Sylvia Harris Papers [SHA]

Ida Herz Papers [Herz]

Archives of the Institute of Germanic Studies [IGS]

James Blair Leishman Correspondence and Diaries [JBL]

Herbert Löwit Papers [HL]

Rudolf Majut Papers [RMA]

Norman McCann Collection (German and Austrian theatre programmes)

Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Archive [Miller]

Margaret Mynatt / Yvonne Kapp Papers [MYK]

Robert Priebsch Papers [Closs/RPR]

William Rose Papers [WRO]

J.P. Stern Papers [JPS]

Herbert Thoma Papers [HTH]

Gilbert Waterhouse Papers [GWA]

The Papers of Professor L.A. Willoughby and Professor E.M. Wilkinson

Marianne Wynn Papers [MW]

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The collections are open to researchers from the University of London and other organisations, as well as bona fide independent researchers.

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