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I am trying to access the following work online, but I'm having no luck finding it:

Krüger, Dietrich. 1959. "Die Bildersprache des Demosthenes." Ph.D., Classics, Göttingen.

Any idea where I could access it?

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    I assume you speak german. Might be handy to give their library a call. – Boaty Mcboatface May 2 at 13:23
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    Check with the University of Chicago library. They have a PhD thesis online by Branden Kosch which references this thesis so they might have a copy of it. Alternatively, you might try contacting Dr. Kosch through information available here to see if he can help you. Alternatively, you might request a full-text copy from researchgate – Bob Jarvis - Reinstate Monica May 2 at 22:24
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    Good luck with researchgate. The request will land in some spam box, probably of a dead person, if anywhere. But I like the other ideas. – henning -- reinstate Monica May 3 at 17:44
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    Wouldn’t it be possible to call the Göttingen library, see if they have it and request scans? Why does it have to be online? – 11684 May 4 at 13:30
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    All librarians I've had contact with are good people. I've had librarians send me scans of hundred year old manuscripts within hours of asking them via a polite e-mail. If you contact the Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen and ask nicely, they might send you a scan (I'm not sure how much they are restricted by Covid-19 measures right now though). – Torsten Schoeneberg May 4 at 18:54
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Any online resources may be unlikely for a dissertation that old, but there are some possibilities. Try these.

The Classics department at Göttingen.

The university library at Göttingen.

Proquest, which was founded as "University Microfilms", published a lot of dissertations in that era. This may be a longshot for a German dissertation, but it was used by many universities to "publish" dissertations.

The author is unlikely to still be alive, but it is just possible that one of his students is and can provide a copy, or at least an abstract. If you have a citation of the work, the author who cites it may have a copy.

A good research librarian at an academic library can probably help a lot in such a search.

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In general,

  • I'd always expect the university library where the dissertation was done to have at least one exemplar in their archives.

  • The national library is also supposed to have at least one exemplar of every book published in Germany.


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First, search the library information system of the university to get some basic information about its availability at the university library.

Second, you can access it via the German national library, you can access the book in Leipzig and Frankfurt/Main.

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In addition to the references mentioned in the answers (national library, library of the university) I recommend the Karlsruher Virtual Cataloge (Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog, KVK) http://kvk.bibliothek.kit.edu. This cataloge composes all important catalogs of scientific and national libraries in Germany (and optionally also many catalogs of foreign countries).

Searching there for your book results in 5 locations (don't get irritated - some results shown are duplicates):

  • 2 copies in the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek in Leipzig and Frankfurt

  • 1 copy and 1 mircofiche in the library of the Freie Universität Berlin

  • 1 copy in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München

  • 2 copies and 1 microfiche in the Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen

Most of these copies can also be accessed via interlibrary loan.

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