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German Studies

Primary Sources in German Studies

What you will use as primary sources in German Studies will depend on the context of your assignment:

  • An assignment on some aspect of German civilization could use art or film as primary sources. 
  • An assignment for a German literature class would use literary texts as primary sources. 
  • A class on contemporary popular German culture could use current magazines or newspapers.


Visual materials, including images, are examples of primary sources. There are many image collections in ARTstor that are pertinent to German Studies, including the Languages and Literature featured group which "highlights Artstor content related to languages and literature, including images of renowned authors and depictions of literary themes and characters, as well as contextual images that enhance understanding of the time periods and cultures shaping literary production."

Learn more about ARTstor collections relevant to Languages and Literature.

German Language Newspapers & Magazines

Stern Magazine

German Films

Collins Library has a growing collection of German-language cinema on DVD and through streaming video platforms. You can also request DVDs from SUMMIT and other libraries via ILL.

Search by the film's title, by the author/creator, or do a keyword search on your topic in Primo to see which films are available.

Selected Digital Collections and Primary Sources Online

Puget Sound Archives & Special Collections, German Studies

The Archives & Special Collections collects, preserves, and makes available primary source material documenting life at the University as well as collections representing regional, national and international issues.

The Abby Williams Hill papers, 1880s-1930s, contain a daily journal, letters, and ephemera documenting the two years Hill spent in Germany in the early 20th century.

Geisberg, Max, The German single-leaf woodcut, 1500-1550.

Ausländer, Rose, Poems, 1989.

Archives & Special Collections Hours

The Archives & Special Collections is located on the second floor of the Collins Memorial Library.

Set up an appointment: We are open to researchers by appointment Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. To make an appointment, email or book online

We look forward to assisting you!