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UT Libraries Purchase Major German Language Collection from Corvey Libary

University of Tennessee is the only North American library to own this collection

The University of Tennessee Libraries is pleased to announce the acquisition of a major German language collection: Fürstliche Bibliothek Corvey–Sachliteratur, a microfiche facsimile edition of 1,084 non-fiction titles from the Princely Library at Corvey.

The Corvey Library is one of the most important private libraries in Germany and considered to be an outstanding monument of European book culture. The Library’s collection of 73,000 volumes dates from the late 18th and 19th centuries, and consists of belles lettres and non-fiction in German, French, and English. The non-fiction titles draw primarily on the fields of history and geography, but also reflect the natural sciences, economics, philosophy and theology.

The collection was purchased at the request of the UT German Studies faculty in the summer of 2006 for $26,298.00. The purchase was funded by the Lindsay Young Library Endowment, and supports the interdisciplinary focus of the 2006-07 research seminar on modern Germany and Central Europe under the auspices of the University of Tennessee Humanities Initiative. As the only North American library that owns this collection, UT Libraries presents an abundant source of otherwise unavailable resources for all who study the interdisciplinary field of German Studies in the context of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Fürstliche Bibliothek Corvey–Sachliteratur is available for use in the Documents and Microforms area on the first floor of UT’s Hodges Library. The collection will be featured at the first German research seminar session of the spring semester on Wednesday, January 17, 2007. The program will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge, Room 258, on the second floor of Hodges Library.

For more information, contact Molly Royse, Humanities Coordinator for UT Libraries, at 974-3652 or

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