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Germanic Collections

Libraries and Archives


Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog (KVK)
Search Engine designed by the Universitätsbibliothek Karlruhe with the Fakultät für Informatik of the Universität Karlsruhe. It provides single-search access to catalogs of the major library consortia in Germany, plus the Verzeichnis lieferbarer Bücher, the Zeitschriftendatenbank, and other sources of bibliographic references.
Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek
Site of the German National Library, including "nationale digitale Bibliothek", which offers the Online-Dissertation collection and other network-based resources.
Site of the Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg provides an overview of Sondersammelgebiete (subject collection responsibilities) in German libraries. The sponsor is the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. It is possible to locate libraries specializing in particular subject areas through a variety of searches.
Zeitschriftendatenbank (ZDB)
The world's largest specialized database for serial titles. The ZDB contains more than 1 million bibliographic records of serials from the XVIth century onwards, from all countries, in all languages, held in  4000 German (and some foreign) libraries, with holdings information. It does not contain contents, i. e. journal articles.

Digitized Newspapers and Periodicals

ANNO - Austrian Newspapers Online
Historical Austrian newspapers and periodicals.
IDZ - Index Deutschsprachiger Zeitschriften des 18. Jahrhunderts
IDZ - Index Deutschsprachiger Zeitschriften 1750 - 1815
Indexes and Guides to Western European Periodicals: Language Specific-German
ICON - International Coalition On Newsapers
International newspapers digitization effort, historical newspapers
Retrospektive Digitalisierung wissenschaftlicher Rezensionsorgane und Literaturzeitschriften des 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts aus dem deutschen Sprachraum


Dissertations from the German National Library and the Swiss National Library.
Österreichische Dissertationsdatenbank
Lists dissertations from Austrian universities from 1993 to the present.
Dissertations and Theses (Dissertation Abstracts)
Ph. D. dissertations and selected masters theses with abstracts from 1861 to the present
Dissertations and Theses @Stanford University
Full PDF versions of Stanford dissertations from 1989 onward, some earlier are available


Archive in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Offers a comprehensive list of government, private, church, military, and special archival repositories in Germany.
Offers bibliographic access from the "Zentralkartei der Autographen" (ZKA) to letters held by more than 150 institutions, as well as biographical information. Kalliope is part of the European network MALVINE (Manuscripts and Letters via Integrated Networks in Europe)
Catalogue and index of literary archives of Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach.
Zentrale Datenbank Nachlässe
The Bundesarchiv provides access to this database, a revised version of Wolfgang Mommsen's Die Nachlässe in deutschen Archiven (personal papers in German archives).
Wir waren so frei
Internet Archive with private films and photos taken in 1989 and 1990, during the time of the Fall of the Wall

Regional Library Networks

The Swiss Book, The Swiss National Bibliography
Online version of The Swiss Book, the print version of which was discontinued on 1 Jan. 2007. This publication covers Swiss national production of books, serials, and musical scores. It is also available in a static PDF version that preserves the look of the printed version and is issued every two weeks.
Recherche-Gateway der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek
Offers access to the bibliographic databases of the major German and European consortia.

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