The ZUSAS library
holdings come from several sources: The American Studies Collection is a broad collection of 1,200 titles
on all aspects of American history and culture. Selected by
a committee of the Organisation of American Historians and
purchased under a grant of the Congress of the United States,
it was donated to ZUSAS by the U.S. Embassy Berlin. The private collection of the late Prof. Günter Moltmann of the University of Hamburg mainly includes
works on German-American relations and German immigration to
America. Prof. Roger Daniels (Emeritus of the University of Cincinnati)
donated a large number of books on immigration and ethnicity
in the United States. Books coming from the former U.S. Army Library Baumholder and
from various former America Houses in Germany also add to the academic holdings of the library.
Smaller collections were donated by Dr. Gerhard Wiesinger (U.S. Consulate
General, Frankfurt am Main) and by Michael P. Musick (National Archives,
Washington, D.C.). Rear Admiral (ret.) Joachim-Albrecht von Holleuffer
gave the complete stamp collection "200 Years United States
of America" which includes all postage stamps issued on the
occasion of the Bicentennial of 1776. An important acquisition is the purchase of part of Albert Hümmerich's collection
of Americana Germanica.
The library collections include 16,000 scholarly monographs, about 1,000 reference
works, 2,500 works of fiction, 1,500 children's
books, and 1,000 volumes of EFL materials.
The periodicals section of the library also features some donated
collections, such as the holdings of the former German-American Association in Darmstadt. The
currently subscribes to 20 American scholarly journals and to a number of
general interest magazines.