Collection Overview

This collection, acquired by the University of Pennsylvania through private subscription from the University of Halle-Wittenberg, was described in its Penn Libraries gift register, April 24, 1888, as “between 4,000 and 5,000 vols. and represents almost every language and dialect of any prominence. Especially rich in the departments of Sanskrit and the Romance and Teutonic languages, particularly the German dialects, as well as in the Greek and Latin languages. It includes a good collection of books on the alphabet and its history and a remarkably fine collection on gypsy dialects and proper names.” (see cite below). The books received a special bookplate and they were place in the Penn Libraries general collection; over the years, many volumes have been moved to Special Collections or to LIBRA. The collection, and Pott’s life achievements, have been detailed in The letter liveth : the life, work and library of August Friedrich Pott (1802-1887) / Joan Leopold (John Benjamins, 1983)

The Pott collection’s works on Romani, formerly the Gypsy language, illustrate the extraordinary value of the whole collection. Early volumes on this language are “interleaved; with copious ms. notes” (Franklin Catalog). The late Penn professor Georg Knauer believed that these notes preserve Pott’s research for his book, Darstellung die Zigeuner in Europa und Asien (1844-1845).

Holding Locations

Location

Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
3420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206
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Today's Hours

Closed | Library Hours

Phone

215-898-7088

Email

kislak@pobox.upenn.edu

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Students work with the Walt Whitman Collection in the Lea Library

Location

31 Phoenix Drive
West Deptford, NJ 08086
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Email

storage@pobox.upenn.edu

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Shelves at LIBRA

Location

3420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206
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Today's Hours

10am - 6pm | Library Hours

Phone

215-898-7555

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South side of Van Pelt. Trees are in fall colors.