Proposing the establishment of an Institute of German Studies at Harvard, centralizing all the University's teaching and research in German arts and letters, the wish was voiced today in the annual report of Charles L. Kuhn Curator of the Germanic Museum.
"The rapid increase in the number of German scholars in this country, it is safe to predict, will stimulate a greater interest in Germanic scholarship than has ever existed in the past," Dr. Kuhn said.
"This can clearly be seen in the study of the Fine Arts. At the present time almost a dozen universities and colleges are offering courses in German art while a few years ago the Fine Arts Department was the only place where a student could receive instruction in this important aspect of art history.
"What is true of the Fine Arts is also true of other fields of the humanities and, therefore, in the near future there will be a crying need for an institute of Germanic studies."
Dr. Kuhn notes that as an institution already devoted to Germanic culture, and equipped with space for libraries, classrooms, offices, the Germanic Museum is ideally suited to house the proposed institute.