The idea of a book collection as a kind of ambassador for the acceptance of German history and culture back into the mainstream community intrigues me. If I can I'd like to find additional information about censorship or withdrawal of German materials from libraries during World War I so as to place the exhibit in a bigger context. The list of books themselves also is interesting: since the materials were selected in cooperation with the German Bookseller's association, do they tell us something what seemed appropriate for this kind of display? What kind of aspirations might have been part of creation of this exhibit?
I have looked at Library Literature, the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times for sources from the time, along with the booklet of "notes" and bibliography from the exhibits organizer, Theodore Wesley Koch. The Milwaukee Public Library has the only set I can find in the Midwest of the journal of the German booksellers association from these years so I'm hoping to go there and see if there is anything there I can use. I'm also going to try to get to the ALA Archives in Champaign- Urbana, since I'm going there anyhow in October, to see if there is useful information there.