Help Us Preserve the History of German-Speaking Immigrants to North America!

The Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (MKI) is dedicated to collecting, preserving, researching, and telling the stories of German-speaking immigrants and their descendants in America. These are your family's stories; these are America's history.

In recent years, we have undertaken a capital campaign to renovate new quarters for the MKI, and thanks to your generosity, we have now moved to the University Club on the University of Wisconsin–Madison central campus. German-American materials from families and communities—including books, letters, diaries, photos, audio recordings, and community records you have donated—are now available in our expanded library and archive.

However, we continue to solicite contributions to support the position of an MKI Librarian and Archivist, whose role is essential for (1) maintaining and providing access to these unique American print culture documents and personal papers in the German language; (2) helping to weave individual stories into the greater narrative of American history; and (3) sharing the German-American perspective through publications, community outreach, and educational programming.

Thanks to the aid and impetus of a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Challenge Grant, we have the opportunity to establish an endowment fund that will permanently support a 50% Librarian and Archivist position. Please help us raise the final $300,000 that is required as match by the NEH Challenge Grant by contributing to the MKI Librarian Support Fund. Your gift will ensure that the past is not forgotten!


Gifts can be made by check, made out to the UW Foundation, with Max Kade Institute Librarian Support Fund in the memo line, and mailed to:
Max Kade Institute, 432 East Campus Mall, Madison, WI 53706-1407
online through the UW Foundation—this link takes you to a form designated to the MKI Librarian Support Fund.

If you need additional information about donations, please contact Ann Lippincott at the UW Foundation (608-263-3604 or

The Max Kade Institute is very grateful for your support at this crucial time. Please contact us if you have any questions. We would love to speak with you about our projects and our future


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