Max Kade Institute

for German-American Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison

History, Arts, Customs

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Resources

Books

  • The Book of Germans in America - Das Buch der Deutschen in Amerika
    Selections from the 974-page book published in 1909 by the National German-American Alliance ("The Bund"), with English translations..
  • The German-Americans an Ethnic Experience by Willi Paul Adams
    This book explores the meaning of German immigration and shows how completely Americans of German descent have been integrated into the American mainstream
  • First Germans in Jamestown by Gary C. Grassl
    The first Germans to land in Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in Virginia, were glassmakers and carpenters
  • German Achievements in America by Rudolf Cronau (1916)
    Reprinted and edited by Don H. Tolzmann. [The book] "provides a concise overview of German-American history to the time of the First World War."
  • Schultze und Müller in Amerika
    An Open Library virtual book with 50 illustrations by Wilhelm Scholz. this work was originally published by A. Hoffmann & Co., Berlin, in 1868. [Das Buch der Deutschen in Amerika (1909, p. 380) attributes this book to Wilhelm Winckler.]

Exhibits

  • Shaping the Circle: German-Americans in Indianapolis, 1840-1918
    This Exhibit from the IUPUI University Library begins with a look at why people left Germany and settled in Indianapolis. It then discusses the influence of German-Americans on three areas of Indianapolis culture: music, architecture, and athletics. Finally, it explores the cultural conflict that German-Americans experienced and the steps they took to become acculturated
  • The German Hollywood Connection
    From Leni Riefenstahl to Leo DiCaprio — info, photos and links related to the influence of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland on world cinema
  • Germans in America
    Exhibit of the Library of Congress; provides information about immigration from the German-speaking world to the United States, and about the activities of German immigrants in the United States from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Chronology with links to many photos

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History

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Education

German Americans in Specific Cities and States

  • Archivaria: Buffalo, New York
    Susan Kriegbaum-Hanks has created a page that combines her study of the history of Buffalo, New York, with her interest in German language and literature. Includes a translation of the history of Buffalo from a German perspective, a history of Germans in Buffalo and Erie County, and scans and translations of many German-language newspapers and journals. Also includes an index of names.
  • Franklin & Marshall Pennsylvania German Broadside Collection
    This digital collection contains examples of printed broadsides designed and distributed among
    Germans across the Keystone State. Visitors can search the collection by keyword, title, author, or subject.
    Currently, there are over 215 broadsides in the collection, with more to be added. The items traditional house blessings, announcements about upcoming events, medical remedies, mystical texts, political tracts, business advertisements, and more.
  • Franklin & Marshall Pennsylvania German Fraktur Collection
    A component of the Unger-Bassler German-American Imprint Collection, this collection contains fine examples of printed and handcolored taufscheins (birth and baptismal certificates), vorshrifts (writing examples), haus segens (house blessings), bucherzeichen (book plates), and drawings created by Pennsylvania Germans.
  • From Far Away Russia: Russian-Germans in Kansas
    Virtual exhibit of the Kansas State Historical Society
  • German Heritage Tour of Missouri
    Heritage tour initiative highlighting Missouri’s German culture and history along the Missouri River. The program is collecting an inventory of sites, past people and institutions, settlements, culinary aspects, conflict (nativism, Civil War, Word Wars I and II), scenic byways, transportation (river landings, bridges, trails), religions influence, agriculture, maps, prints, and images, music, art and architecture, along with a list of current individuals and organization with whom to collaborate.
  • German Pittsburgh
    Tracing cultural history through GIS technology
  • Germans in Louisiana Pathfinder
    A guide to diverse materials available at the Williams Research Center of The Historic New Orleans Collection that concern the Germans of New Orleans. Sections include: Settlers, Organizations, German Views, Music and Socializing, Businesses, J. Hanno Deiler (New Orleans's preeminent German scholar), and Rural German Enclaves. Also includes links to other Internet sites containing information on the German community in New Orleans and Louisiana.
  • The Germans of Iowa and Their Achievements
    Information derived from Die Deutschen von Iowa und deren Errungenschaften, by Joseph Eiboeck (Des Moines, Iowa: Iowa Staats-Anzeiger, 1900). Includes brief biographical data for individuals mentioned in the volume, including places of birth in Germany; a listing of the oldest Germans in Iowa (aged 90 or older, from the 1895 census); and a listing of German officers in the Union Army (U.S. Civil War, 1861-1865).
  • Indiana's and Kentucky's German-Americans in the Civil War
    Based on a presentation made at a joint meeting of the Indiana Germanic Heritage Society, Kentuckiana Germanic Heritage Society, and the Indiana Chapter of the Palatines to America
  • Kentucky's German-Americans in the Civil War
    By Joseph R. Reinhart, author of A History of the 6th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry U.S.: The Boys Who Feared No Noise
  • Peopling St. Louis: The Immigration Experience
    History of St. Louis by the City of St. Louis; includes section on German migration
  • Shaping the Circle: German-Americans in Indianapolis, 1840-1918
    This Exhibit from the IUPUI University Library begins with a look at why people left Germany and settled in Indianapolis. It then discusses the influence of German-Americans on three areas of Indianapolis culture: music, architecture, and athletics. Finally, it explores the cultural conflict that German-Americans experienced and the steps they took to become acculturated
  • Stulz Brothers of Kansas City, Missouri: A German-American Business
    Wine and Liquor wholesalers and importers, operating from 1893 until 1918.

Other Topics

  • German-American Biographies
    Biographies of famous German Americans
  • German-American Hall of Fame
    The German-American Hall of Fame highlights the impact of German immigrants to the United States and their progeny by providing biographical profiles of some of the most remarkable Americans with German roots.
  • Haymarket Affair Digital Collection
    Created by the Chicago Historical Society
  • Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present
    A project of the German Historical Institute, this site will comprise, when complete, more than 200 biographical essays on first- and second-generation German-American immigrant entrepreneurs, combined with essays on various topics illustrated with primary sources such as photographs, media clips, and business documents. Other components of the project will include bibliographies for further research and suggestions for using the “Immigrant Entrepreneurship” website in the classroom. The site offers valuable information and source material for anyone interested in German-American history.
  • Race and Ethnicity: Slavery and the German Radical Tradition
    Talk given by Hartmut Keil in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Other links on German Americans and Slavery
    From Robert Shea's German-Americana page
  • Annotated Bibliography of the Cultural History of the German-speaking Communities in Alberta: From the 1880s to the Present
    Site provides a detailed narrative account of the socio-cultural history of the many German-speaking groups in Alberta from the 1880s to the present, accompanied by photos and excerpts from original documents. Incloudes sections on (a) the immigration history of Alberta's German-speaking communities; (b) their geographical origin in Central and Eastern Europe, and Canadian immigration regulations; and on (c) 13 German-speaking communities. There is also a discussion of the possible reasons for the decline of German as a mother tongue and home language in the province.
  • TRACES
    TRACES is a non-profit educational organization created to gather, preserve and present stories of people from the Midwest and Germany or Austria who encountered each other during World War II. Many of these stories have lain beneath the dust left in the wake of a World War most never thought touched the American Heartland. Includes information on traveling exhibits such as "Vanished: German-American Civilian Internment, 1941-1948."
  • Athenaeum Damenverein & Women's Auxiliary Records, 1876-2007
    This women's organization was founded by the Socialer Turnverein (Social Athletic Club) in 1876 as the Indianapolis Turn-Schwestern Verein. The records consist of constitutions and by-laws, minutes, correspondence, financial records, committee reports, membership lists and directories, event advertisements and photographs. 

Art

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Customs

  • Amish Studies
    An academic Web site developed by the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College (Pa.) to provide reliable information on Amish life and culture for scholars, students, and the general public.
  • The Amish in Northern Indiana
    Essay by Samuel Yoder; also photos of Amish farms and of antique Amish quilts
  • Pennsylvania Dutch: The Story of an American Language and padutch.net, a website associated with the MKI-sponsored Pennsylvania Dutch Documentation Project.
  • Stones of Faith: Pennsylvania Germans & Their Gravestones
    Examines a collection of Pennsylvania German gravestones erected from the 1740s to the late 1800s, showing how choices in gravestone imagery evolved from the early German settlement of Pennsylvania, through the Civil War time period and into the 1900s. Includes information on some of the people who erected the gravestones and a language and symbol guide.
  • Who Are the Amish?
    Wisconsin Alumni Association presentation by Mark L. Louden, Professor of German, UW-Madison, November 2013.