Yale Collection of German Literature
(Approved for use August 29, 2001)
Scope | Size | Marking | Classification

Scope

The Yale Collection of German Literature (YCGL), one of the oldest special collections at Yale, contains first editions and other rare literary texts in German from approximately 1600 to 1850, with scattered holdings of earlier authors and a few specialized gatherings of twentieth-century material. The areas of greatest strength are the seventeenth century and Goethe. There is a separate name collection for the Goethe material, the William A. Speck Collection of Goethe. For more information see the Guide to the Collections. The general cataloging policies for monographs and serials are followed.

Size

The size boundaries for YCGL books and serials are:

Octavo:
up to 25 cm. high
up to 23 cm. wide
Quarto:
between 25 and 37 cm. high
between 23 and 32 cm. wide
Folio (Class in Year/number folio sequence with location code bein,ycgl):
over 37 cm. high
over 32 cm. wide
Broadsides (Class in appropriate year/number sequences with location code bein,ycgl)

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Marking

The following guidelines are used when marking volumes in YCGL:

  1. Mark on Yale bookplate when there is one, generally in the upper left corner.
  2. Mark on back cover, lower right hand corner, when there is no Yale bookplate unless cover is too dark.
  3. Mark on verso of last page, lower right hand corner, when 1 or 2 don't apply. The lower left hand corner is the alternate location when the lower right hand corner is unusable.
  4. If the last page is unmarkable (e.g. too dark or shiny or filled with text or illustrations), mark the verso of the first usable page from the end.

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Classification

Outline of Classification
Zg General material; no century divisions
Zg14 Authors writing predominantly during the fourteenth century
Zg15 Authors writing predominantly during the fifteenth century
Zg16 Authors writing predominantly during the sixteenth century
Zg17 Authors writing predominantly during the seventeenth century
Zg18 Authors writing predominantly during the eighteenth century
Zg19 Authors writing predominantly during the nineteenth century
Zg20 Authors writing predominantly during the twentieth century
Zg21 Authors writing predominantly during the twenty-first century

Monographs - General guidelines

Zg classification is primarily author oriented and then chronological by date of publication.

Pamphlets

Minor publications such as exhibition catalogs, pamphlets, clippings, periodicals, and other types of ephemeral material by and about German authors and on German literature are kept in folders in boxes. Sometimes this material is added directly, other times it is sent to the Rare Book Team for item level cataloging. Pamphlets are classed like books, but omit the last line of the call number.

Example: Pamphlets about Lessing have call no. Zg18 L54 Pam.

Zg - General material, no century divisions
Periodicals - Other formats - Collections and selections - History and criticism - Bibliographies

A11 - Periodicals

Example:

Die Neue Schaubühne, 1919-1925.

Zg
A11
919n

A12 - Phonograph recordings, films, audio tapes, video tapes, and CDs

Example:

Liede für Friede, 2003.

Zg
A12
2003L

A13 - Collections and selections

Example:

Kretzschmer, A. (Andreas), 1775-1839. Deutsche Volkslieder mit ihren Original-Weisen, 1840.

Zg
A13
840k

A15 - History and criticism

Example:

Raynal, abbé (Guillaume-Thomas-François), 1713-1796. Anecdoten zur Lebensgeschichte berühmter französischer, deutscher, italienischer, holländischer und anderer Gelehrten, 1762.

Zg
A15
762r

A19 - Bibliographies not related to Goethe

Example:

Koch, Eduard Emil, 1809-1871. Geschichte des Kirchenlieds und Kirchengesangs der christlichen, insbesondere der deutschen evangelischen Kirche, 1866.

Zg
A19
866k

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Zg14 - Fourteenth century authors and literature
Collections - History and criticism - Anonymous works - Individual authors - Exceptions

A13 - Collections and selections

A15 - History and criticism

A2 - Anonymous works

Aa-Z -Individual authors

Example:

Tauler, Johannes, ca. 1300-1361. Joannis Tauleri des heilige[n] lerers Predig, 1840.

Zg14
H13
+840j ("+" denotes item is oversize)

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Zg15 - Fifteenth century authors and literature
Collections - History and criticism - Anonymous works - Individual authors - Exceptions

A13 - Collections and selections

A15 - History and criticism

A2 - Anonymous works

Aa-Z - Individual authors Example:  

Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375. Historien von allen den fürnembsten Weibern, so von Adams Zeiten an geweset ..., 1560-1566.

Zg15
St36
560h

The second line has been cuttered to Heinrich Steinhöwel, rather than to Giovanni Boccaccio.

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Zg16 - Sixteenth century authors and literature
Collections - History and criticism - Anonymous works - Individual authors - Exceptions

A13 - Collections and selections

Example:

Gruterus, Janus, 1560-1627. Delitæ poetarvm Germanorvm hvivs svperiorisqve ævi illustrium ..., 1612.

Zg16
A13
612g

A15 - History and criticism

A2 - Anonymous works

Aa-Z -Individual authors

Example:

Sachs, Hans, 1494-1576. Proben aus des alten teutschen Meistersängers Hans Sachsens Werken..., 1778.

Zg16
Sa14
778b

Exceptions
Books from Marcus Fugger's library have no cutter for author, only class and date.

Example:

Appianus, of Alexandria. Appiani Alexandrini sophistae De ciuilibus Romanorum bellis historiarum libri quinque..., 1551.

Zg16
551a

Books from an author's library.

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Zg17 - Seventeenth century authors and literature
Collections - History and criticism - Anonymous works - Individual authors - Exceptions

A13 - Collections and selections

Example:

Faber du Faur, Kurt von, 1890-1966. Deutsche Barocklyrik : eine Auswahl aus der Zeit von 1620-1720, 1936.

Zg17
A13
936f

A15 - History and criticism

Example:

Festschrift zur 250 jährigen Jubelfeier des Pegnesischen Blumenordens gegründet in Nürnberg am 16. Oktober 1644, 1894.

Zg17
A15
894f

A2 - Anonymous works

Example:

Der ausgekehrte politische Feuer-Mäuer Kehrer, mit seinen geführten Streichen, 1894.

Zg17
A2
Au72

Aa-Z -Individual authors

Examples:

Weise, Christian, 1642-1708. Christian Weisens Curieuse Fragen über die Logica ..., 1696.

Zg17
W43
696c

Exceptions
Zg17p -  Picaresque literature
"p" is added to the end of the first line in order to keep this type of literature together.

Example:

Alemán, Mateo, 1547-1614? Der Landtstörtzer, Gusmán von Alfarche, oder, Picaro genannt : dessen wunderbarliches, abenthewrlichs vnd possirlichs Leben ..., 1615.

Zg17p
AL14
615L

Books from an author's library.

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Zg18 - Eighteenth century authors and literature
Collections - History and criticism - Anonymous works - Individual authors - Exceptions

A13 - Collections and selections

Example:

Magazig der berümtesten und interessantesten See- und Land-Reisen, Entdekkungen und Schiffbrüche, 1802-1805.

Zg18
A13
802m

A15 - History and criticism

Example:

Lanckorónska, Maria, Gräfin. Die Buchillustration des XVIII. Jahrhunderts in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz ..., 1932-1934.

Zg18
A15
+932b

A2 - Anonymous works

Aa-Z -Individual authors

Examples:

Schiller, Friedrich, 1759-1805. Dom Karlos, 1787.

Zg18
Sch331
787d

Exceptions.
Books from an author's library.

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Zg19 - Nineteenth century authors and literature
Collections - History and criticism - Anonymous works - Individual authors - Exceptions

A13 - Collections and selections

Example:

Hesperus : ein jahrbuch, 1909.

Zg19
A13
909h

A15 - History and criticism

Example:

Rümann, Arthur, 1888-1963. Die illustrierten deutschen Bücher des 19. Jahrhunderts, 1926.

Zg19
A15
926h

A2 - Anonymous works

Aa-Z -Individual authors

Examples:

Gutzkow, Karl, 1811-1878. König Saul, 1839.

Zg19
G971
839k

Exceptions.
Heinrich Heine Collection.
When the Kohut-Rutra Heine collection was transferred from Sterling to Beinecke, the Sterling "Hkl" call numbers were retained, with the added first line Zg19.  Heine texts that were already in Beinecke and any subsequent acquisitions are classed in Zg19.H370-H374.

Books from an author's library.

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Zg20 - Twentieth century authors and literature
Collections - History and criticism - Anonymous works - Individual authors - Exceptions

A13 - Collections and selections

Example:

Dimensions : A. Leslie Willson & Contemporary German Arts and Letters, 1993.

Zg20
A13
993d

A15 - History and criticism

Example:

Expressionism : a German intuition 1905-1920, c1980.

Zg20
A15
980e

A2 - Anonymous works

Aa-Z -Individual authors

Examples:

Benn, Gottfried, 1886-1956. Morgue und andere Gedichte, 1912.

Zg20
B461
912m

Exceptions
Books from an author's library.

Example:  the library of Hermann Broch.

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Zg21 - Twenty-first century authors and literature
Collections - History and criticism - Anonymous works - Individual authors - Exceptions

A13 - Collections and selections

A15 - History and criticism

A2 - Anonymous works

Aa-Z -Individual authors

Exceptions
Books from an author's library.

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Translation tables

New cataloging to use the post 1953 translation table. The original table is included for elucidating old classification numbers.
 

Yale Language Table (as modified in March 1953)
e Polyglot
f Latin
g English
h French, Provencal
j Italian
k Spanish, Catalan
l Portuguese
m Romansch, Rumanian
n German
p Dutch, Flemish
q Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic
r Greek
t Celtic
u Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, modern Bulgarian, Czech, Ural Altaic, Finnish, Hungarian, Turkish
v Armenian, Albanian
w Indo-Iranian, Sanskrit, Persian, Semitic, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, etc.

Yale Language Table (used prior to March 1953)
a English (g has also been used in several places)
b Polyglot
c Celtic
d Chinese, Japanese
e Danish
f Dutch, Flemish, Friesian
g Armenian
h Finnish
i French
j German, German dialects (including Yiddish)
k Greek
l Hungarian
m Icelandic
n Indo-Iranian, Semitic, Persian, Sanskrit, Hebrew, Albanian, Turkish
o Italian
p Latin
q Lithuanian, Lettish
r Norwegian
s Polish
t Portuguese
u Rumanian
v Russian, Ukranian, Bohemian, Czech, Bulgarian, Croatian
w Spanish, Catalan
x Swedish
y Esperanto

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