Festschrift is one of those great German “portmanteau” (or “suitcase”) words. Fest means “celebration” and schrift is a “written thing,” and a Festschrift is a publication celebrating something – most often a distinguished senior academic’s birthday (65th, 70th, or older!) or retirement. Often a Festschrift is an edited book that includes essays by the honoree’s former doctoral students and colleagues on topics that the honoree has spent her career researching. It may also, very usefully, include a full list of the honoree’s own publications – a great source for bibliography! The German plural is Festschriften, but you may also see the term Festschrifts.
Most Festchriften can be found in GIL by searching for the name of the honoree as a keyword. If they are in English, they often have a title beginning with “Essays in Honor of… .”
This 2009 Festschrift: The Changing Worlds of Atlantic Africa: Essays in honor of Robin Law (of the University of Stirling (Scotland, UK) Department of History) was published by the Carolina Academic Press and is currently available in the Main Library on the Fourth floor at call number DT475 .C475 2009.