two people reading in Stammler Library

Stammler Library

The Stammler Library is a reference collection for students interested in Russian, East European & 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.  

About the Library

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