Sophie Digital Library of Works by German-Speaking Women

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The Sophie Digital Library is a digital library and resource center for works produced by German-speaking women pre-17th century through the early 20th century.

Resources available at the site include literary and journalistic texts (including some English translations), musical scores and recordings, screenplays and dramas, and a collection of colonial/travel texts. There is also an image gallery containing portraits and photographs of the artists and illustrations from some of the works. Most of the texts included in its collection are the full texts of public domain books. The project tries to make these as free as possible, in long-lasting, easy to use, open formats which can be used on any computer. As of July 2013, The Sophie Project claims approximately 1,500 volumes of German-speaking women's writing.


Since the beginning of The Sophie Project, undergraduates and graduate students, as well as faculty, have been encouraged to expand their research of German-speaking women's writing. Such publications include anthologies of German-speaking women's writing. The following titles have been published under this program:

  • Down, Alec. Sophie Discovers Amerika: The Digital Companion. Utah: The Sophie Digital Library, 2014.[1]
  • Down, Alec. Die deutshe Frau: An Anthology of German Women's Writing. The Sophie Digital Library, 2012.[2]
  • McFarland, Rob & Michelle Stott James. Sophie Discovers Amerika: German-speaking Women Write the New World. New York: Camden House, 2014.
  • Stott, Michelle. Im Nonnengarten: An Anthology of German Women's Writing, 1850–1907. Illinois: Waveland Press, 1997


The Sophie Project is careful to verify the status of all texts published to its website. Material is only added to the library if either a) copyright permissions have been sought and received by the owner or b) the work is no longer protected by copyright laws. The Sophie Project does not claim new copyright on titles it publishes. Instead, it encourages their free reproduction and distribution. Many of the works published by The Sophie Project are present in the public domain and can be reproduced, distributed, copied and edited by users. Copyright owners that have given The Sophie Project particular permission to publish their work have been credited on their site, such as Gisela Brinker-Gabler and her work Deutsche Dichterinnen vom 16. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart.[3]


  1. ^ Down, Alec. Sophie Discovers Amerika: The Digital Companion. Provo: The Sophie Digital Library, 2014. <>
  2. ^ Down, Alec. Die deutsche Frau: An Anthology of German Women's Writing. Provo: The Sophie Digital Library, 2012. <>
  3. ^ Brinker-Gabler, Gisela. Deutsche Dichterinnen vom 16. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart. Frankfurt am Main: Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, 1978.

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