The Stammler Library

Stammler library
Stammler Library
Stammler Library

The Stammler Library is a reference collection for students interested in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. The library subscribes to multiple periodicals from the region which are made available to anyone interested in reading up-to-date regional print news. Located in 318 Bailey Hall, the library is also a meeting space for lectures, film series, and student clubs related to international area studies. When not booked for events, the library is available to students looking for a quiet place to study or meet for a study group.

The library's holdings include books on history, economics, geography, politics, religion, philosophy, literary criticism and history, art and architecture, music, folklore, language, and works of literature. The collection includes numerous volumes in Russian, as well as books in Bulgarian, Czech, German, Polish, and Ukrainian. 

The Stammler Collection


The Stammler Library is named in honor of KU Professor Henreich A. Stammler. Professor Stammler was born December 15, 1912, in Jena, Germany. A multilingual student of Slavic languages and literatures at the Universities of Greifswald, Munich, and Prague, Professor Stammler developed strong interests in poetry and intellectual history. As a student he became acquainted with major writers and thinkers such as Petr Savitsky, Teodor Trajanov and Fedor Stepun. Professor Stammler taught at the Svishtov Business College in Bulgaria until 1940 when he was drafted into the army. After the war, Professor Stammler returned to Munich and taught English and Russian to future interpreters at the Dolmetscher Institut. After moving to the U.S., he taught at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He and his wife, Ursula, moved to the University of Kansas in 1960, and in 1962 he became the first chair of the new Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

As a Slavist who knew at least eight languages, Professor Stammler published articles in all three branches of the Slavic language family—South, West, and East Slavic. Stammler represented an essential link in the chain of generations, keeping alive the Russian cultural renaissance of the early 20th century. In a very real sense Professor Stammler represented what the “globalized” world could be—not the domination of one language and culture over all others but the capacity to function in many cultures and languages, supported with intimate knowledge and deep respect for their peoples and traditions. He passed away in Lawrence, Kan. on November 29, 2006.

Professor Stammler generously donated his library to the KU Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies. By making it searchable online, we hope to make it more accessible to users. The Stammler collection and library periodicals are reference only and not available for checking out.

Stammler Library Online Index


Stammler Collection

  • Aksakov, S. T., Family Chronicle, New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1961.
  • Chernyshevsky, N.G., What Is To Be Done, New York: Vintage Books, 1961.
  • Dostoevsky, Fyodor, The Adolescent, New York: Anchor Books, Doubleday & Comp., Inc., 1972.
  • Dostoevsky, Fyodor, Crime and Punishment, New York: W. W. Norton & Company Inc., 1964.
  • Dostoevsky, Fyodor, The Notebooks for A Raw Youth, Chicago:  The University of Chicago Press, 1969.
  • Gogol, Nikolai, Dead Souls, New York: Washington Square Press, Inc., 1964.
  • Gorky, Maksim, The Life of a Useless Man, New York: Anchor Books, Doubleday & Co., Inc., 1972.
  • Gorky, Maksim, Foma Gordeyev, New York: Delta Book, 1962.
  • Leonov, Leonid, The Thief, New York: Vintage Books, 1960.
  • Leontiev, Konstantin, Egyptian Dove, The: The Story of a Russian (1881), New York: Weybright and Talley, 1969.
  • Alexandrova, Vera, History of Soviet Literature, A: 1917-1962, Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1963.
  • Billington, James H., Icon and the Axe, The: An Interpretive History of Russian Culture, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1966.
  • Antonov-Ovseyenko, Anton, Time of Stalin, The: Portrait of a Tyranny, New York: Harper & Row, 1980.
University of Kansas Center for Russian and East European Studies. The Stammler Collection gift of Heinrich A. Stammler ...habent sua fata libelli..."
Presented to the University of Kansas Libraries by Heinrich A. Stammler "...habent sua fata libelli..."
photo of Heinrich A. Stammler

The Dienes Collection


Dr. Leslie Dienes is a professor emeritus in the Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science at the University of Kansas. His research interests include the former USSR and East-Central Europe, including resources and regional socio-economic development. Professor Dienes generously donated books to the KU Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies. 


The Dienes Collection

Presented to the CREES Library by Dr. Leslie Dienes
Leslie Dienes

Books by CREES Affiliate Faculty

CREES is proud of the accomplishments of its affiliated faculty members. We are happy to have several books by our affiliate faculty members in departments such as Geography, History, Political Science, and Slavic, German, and Eurasian Studies (SGES).