Susan Reed

Susan Reed
Lead Curator, Germanic Studies
German Printed Books
Related Offices
Committee Member, German Studies Library Group

I have been a curator in the British Library’s German collections since 1993, working with both early and modern collections. My research interests include printed material from the revolutions of 1848, and German-language printing and publishing in 19th-century Britain.

I have contributed to various exhibitions within the Library as well as curating smaller displays, and am editor of and a regular contributor to the European Studies blog.


Articles and chapters

  • ‘‘Wagner und kein Ende’ : German books for the 2013 Wagner bicentenary’ German Studies Library Group Newsletter  45 (2013), 33-39
  • ‘Printing the Revolution: Berlin Broadsides from 1848’, in The Book in Germany , ed. by Mary Fischer (Edinburgh: Merchiston, 2010), pp. 101-115
  • 'Material from the Viennese revolution of 1848 in the British Library', German Studies Library Group Newsletter  42 (2010) 18-24
  • ‘German Printers, Publishers and Booksellers in 19th century Britain’ in Migration and Transfer from Germany to Britain 1660-1914 (Munich, 2007) pp. 107-118
  • ‘Berlin’, ‘Munich’ and ‘Weimar’ in Breaking the Rules: The Printed Face of the European Avant Garde 1900-1937, ed. by Stephen Bury (London: British Library, 2007) pp. 77-80; 120-124; 151-161
  • A Collection of German Occasional Verse, 1701-1743, Mostly from East Frisia’, Electronic British Library Journal (2005)


  • Breaking the Rules: the Printed Face of the European Avant-Garde 1900-1937 (2007-2008; Sections on Berlin, Weimar and Munich)
  • The Gutenberg years: anniversaries of printing from 1540 to the present (2000)
  • Friedrich Schiller 1759-1805 (2005)

Collection guides

German printed collections

Early and modern material printed in the German-speaking countries

1848 Revolutions

Material relating to the German and Austrian Revolutions of 1848

Dutch printed collections

Publications covering a wide range of subjects and periods from the Dutch-speaking territories

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