Karin McPherson Collection

A unique research opportunity is available to postgraduate students who are interested in examining the literature and culture of the German Democratic Republic (GDR).

The Karin McPherson Collection of GDR Writing has been acquired by the University of Edinburgh Library Special Collections and may be accessed for research purposes.

The comprehensive collection of some 1,000 volumes consists primarily of the private acquisitions of Dr McPherson, retired Senior Lecturer with the University’s School of German.

The significance of the collection

As Professor Andrew Barker from the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures explains, the collection presents a complete overview of the GDR’s literary (and sometimes broader) culture from its inception to its end (1949 to 1989), with the main focus on the period from 1960 to 1989.

About the collection

The Karin McPherson Collection of GDR writing is accessible for consultation through the online catalogue at the University of Edinburgh Library’s Special Collections for consultation.

About Karin McPherson

Dr Karin McPherson, retired Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh’s School of German, acquired the collection over a 20-year period, as a basis for her teaching and research.