American Friends of the HAB

The American Friends of the Herzog August Bibliothek was founded by American fellows of the Library in St. Louis in 1996. The aim of the society is to support the work of the library and encourage use of its resources, especially among early career researchers from the US. The IRS requires the group to aid the HAB by spending the money gathered through memberships and gifts on the library's behalf in the United States. Accordingly, the Executive Committee has authorized the following programs to aid the Library: 

Travel grants

The American Friends of the HAB offers travel grants of up to $ 2.000 to assist US Citizens (or permanent US Residents) who are in the process of writing dissertations based on the rich collections of the Herzog August Bibliothek. Such travel grants are also available to early career scholars up to three years after they officially receive the doctoral degree. Candidates may either apply directly, or students may be nominated by their doctoral advisers. All recent PhDs should apply directly. The choice of successful applicants is made by the Executive Committee of the American Friends. The competition is open to US students/ early career scholars in all the fields in which the HAB has significant holdings. The travel grants may be used in conjunction with a fellowship from the library or other funding. The quickest and easiest way to request an application form by e-mail is to contact Prof. Gerhild Scholz Williams (Washington University, St Louis). The applicant's stay at the HAB made possible by the travel grant is expected to last for a minimum of four weeks in order to allow enough time for work with the collection. The application should include a travel budget detailing specific amounts for air and/or rail travel and intended dates of travel. Your budget should also indicate the amount of any other funding you will be receiving in connection with your visit to Wolfenbüttel. There are no deadlines.

Conference support

Early career scholars (PhD candidates and scholars up to 3 years after PhD) who have had papers accepted that are based on research at the HAB to be given at the annual conferences of the Renaissance Society of America or the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference may apply for a $ 300 subsidy to help cover the cost of attending. This program is open to US Citizens (or permanent US Residents). Applicants should provide proof of official acceptance of their papers by the conference organizers and will be reimbursed when the conference has taken place. Please do not apply until your panel has been accepted. Applications may be made directly to Prof. Gerhild Scholz Williams (Washington University, St Louis). There will be 5 awards per year for each conference.


Annual board meetings of the AFHAB take place each fall during the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference. Comments and suggestions are invited at any time. You can send an e-mail to any of the officers of the society.

Annual membership dues are $ 50, though larger gifts are also welcome and very gratefully received. All memberships and gifts are fully tax-deductible and should be sent to American Friends of the HAB, Professor Lynne Tatlock, Washington University, Department of German, Box 1104, St Louis, MO 63130-4899, USA. Apart from the tax credit, benefits to members include: regular information about the Library and its facilities and a 25% reduction in price on most of the Herzog August Bibliothek's scholarly publications. We hope that many more American scholars and visitors to the Library will become members of this society and give their support to the important work which the collections of the HAB make possible.

Here are the latest flyer (PDF), our official mailing letter (PDF) and our bylaws (PDF).