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.

Dr McPherson came to Britain from the former West Germany in the late 1950s. Although she has called Britain home for well over half her life, she has retained West German contacts and, having visited her birthplace many times, developed an interest in the East.

A sizable portion of the collection’s works was made accessible through direct links with Dr McPherson’s colleagues at East German academic institutions.