It is usually published on the occasion of an anniversary celebration, or to commemorate that person's retirement, birthday, or some other milestone.
It is often a collection of essays by that person's associates and students. The subject of the contributions is usually one in which the individual so honored distinguished himself or herself.
- Gram, M. S., & Klemke, E. D. (Eds.). (1974). The ontological turn: Essays in honor of Gustav Bergmann. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press.
- Litz, A. W. (Ed.). (1973). Eliot in his time; essays on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of The waste land. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Cataloging and searching for festschriften can present unique problems. For example, a searcher may only know the name of the person being honored, which is usually not a searchable OPAC field.
The word is German (fest = celebration; schrift = publication).