History of the collection

The Literary Sociology Collection originated in the late 1970s with the creation of a new chair under Raymond Vervliet.  In the beginning, mainly German sociological studies were purchased. In the late 1980s, Professor Vervliet was given the chair of Comparative Literature. The library of Walter Thys was transferred to this collection.

Portret van Walter Thys (1924-2015)
Portret van Walter Thys (1924-2015)

(Portrait of Walter Thys (1924-2015))

There was sufficient budget for the further expansion of the collection, with the selection of new works taking place according to individual preferences.

In the autumn of 2011, the collection was transferred to the Faculty Library of Arts and Philosophy. Part of the collection was stored in the depot (mainly less topical works).