Max Kade Institute

for German-American Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison



The Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies is an interdisciplinary unit in the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. 

The Institute is dedicated to

      researching the story of German-speaking immigrants and their descendants in a global, multicultural, and interdisciplinary context;

      preserving American print culture and personal documents in the German language and making them part of America’s story and historiography;

      sharing the Institute’s resources through publications, community outreach, and educational programming.


Our Library and Archives house one of the largest collections of German-language materials published in North America, as well as primary source documents, such as letters, diaries, and business records; and the North American German Dialect Archive, which contains thousands of hours of recordings of immigrant dialects from the mid-1940s to the present.

 The Institute is open to the public, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m.

We are located on the fourth floor of the University Club on the Madison central campus, 432 East Campus Mall, only a short walk from the Wisconsin Historical Society and the UW–Madison Memorial Library.

More information in the Max Kade Institute brochure.