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History and Development of German Studies

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0367 HGS
Held at: Institute of Modern Languages
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Full title: History and Development of German Studies
Date(s): 1909-1995
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: c 5 boxes
Name of creator(s): Instutute of Germanic Studies
Conference of University Teachers of German
University of London
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The Conference of University Teachers of German (CUTG) was founded in 1932, with the aim of of meeting annually 'to discuss matters pertaining to the study of German in all its branches, to promote the study thereof, to encourage research, and generally to foster high standards of competence among university teachers of German'. Membership is open to any person who holds a full-time or part-time teaching or research appointment within the field of or including German Studies at a university in Great Britain or Ireland, or at a college within such a university.
Since 1967 the CUTG has published an annual survey of Research in Germanic Studies. In 1986 the Conference established a fund for Postgraduate Travelling Scholarships; further initiatives in recent years include the CUTG website (1996), the CUTG-sponsored e-mail discussion list german-studies (1998), a series of annual publications of proceedings from the meetings of the Conference, and further funds to support Publication Scholarships and an annual Essay Prize.


Scope and content/abstract:

Correspondence and papers on the history and development of German Studies in the United Kingdom and Ireland, 1909-1995, including:
Modern Language Association: Papers on Oxford Meeting, 1909;
University of London: Minutes and marks books of UL Internal Board of Examiners in German, 1932-1970; Agendas, minutes and correspondence of UL Board of Studies in Germanic Languages and Literatures, 1963-1979; Examination papers for finals in German, 1943-1952;
Conference of University Teachers of German: Correspondence and papers on the administration of CUTG, 1963-1979; Bulletins 1981-1991, 1994; Minutes of meetings 1981-1986; Lists of teachers of German in British and Irish Universities, 1980-87; Correspondence and papers of sub-committee convened by Hugh D Sacher on History of German Studies in the UK and Ireland, 1965-1967, including replies from the Universities of Aberdeen, UCNW, Bangor, Birmingham, Cambridge, Trinity College Dublin, Durham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, Reading, St Andrews, Sheffield, Glasgow, King's College London, University College London, Liverpool, Birkbeck College London, Royal Holloway College London, Queen Mary College London, Keele; transcripts of tape recordings of personal accounts on history of German Studies, subjects include Professor Frederick Norman, Oliver Edwards, F H Sandbach (on his father F E Sandbach, Professor of German, University of Birmingham) and L W Forster;
Correspondence of Professor L A Willoughby on the history of German Studies, 1946-1961;
Correspondence of Professor John Flood on the history of German Studies, 1957-1994.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English and German

System of arrangement:

As described in the scope and content.

Conditions governing access:

Researchers should apply to consult material at least forty-eight hours in advance by letter, facsimile, e-mail or telephone. The Library staff need a name and contact number, a concise and clear idea of the nature of the enquiry and a date and time for consultation.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies may be made, although this is at the discretion of the Librarian and is dependent on the nature of the material.

Finding aids:

Box lists

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Papers acquired and retained by IGS.

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000 and National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
May 2002

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