Under the auspices of the German department, Professor Carl F. Schreiber lectured on the William A. Speck Collection of Goetheana in the Yale University Library. Professor Schreiber was curator of the collection after the death of Mr. Speck.

Professor Marian P. Whitney and Associate Professor Lilian L. Stroebe of Vassar's German department were instrumental in Yale's acquisition in 1912 of this uniquely important collection.