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Iberian, Ibero-American Studies, and Lusophone Africa at the University of Minnesota Libraries: A Pathfinder
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Definitions and Disclaimers

In the context of this pathfinder, Iberian studies are defined geographically, pertaining to the history, cultures, and affairs of Spain and Portugal, from the fall of the Roman Empire, in 476, to the present. In the same context, Ibero-American studies are defined geographically, pertaining to the history, cultures, and affairs of the American territories conquered and settled by the Iberians from the 15th to the 18th centuries, and from 1821 to the present, pertaining to those of Brazil, the Spanish-speaking republics, and Puerto Rico. Lusophone Africa refers to Portuguese speaking African countries.

This publication is meant to be a pathfinder, that is, a guide to finding sources at the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is not meant to be a complete listing of those sources. Our purpose is to suggest prominent reference and bibliographical sources, periodicals and newspapers, and research collections at the University Libraries; and to provide information on how best to use the University Libraries online services. If you need assistance, please ask at the Reference Desk, Lobby Wilson Library; (612) 626-2227 or Rafael E. Tarrago, Librarian for Iberian and Ibero-American Studies, 218 Wilson; (612) 624-4317.

Mr. Tarrago has compiled a list of Internet resources, including links to newspapers from Iberia and Ibero-America on the World Wide Web. If you are interested in perusing that document, it is available in paper format or on the web at: Iberia and Ibero-America on the Internet: A Selected List.

Reference and Bibliographical Resources


The University of Minnesota Libraries constitute a research complex whose holdings are divided into several specialized libraries. Most University Libraries reference and bibliographical sources on Iberia and Ibero-America, though, are located at the Wilson Library. By reference sources we mean publications with factual information such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and statistical compilations. Bibliographical sources are bibliographies, indexes, and national bibliographies, and they are aids to learn what has been written on a subject. Bibliographies are basically books listing books and journal articles on a subject or discipline. Indexes are periodical publications listing journal articles, and sometimes books. Due to the fact that information on Iberia and Ibero-America can be found in reference and bibliographical works of a general nature, we will divide this section into two, one listing general and discipline oriented sources, and another listing those pertaining only to Iberia, Ibero-America, or both. Most of the following works are housed in the Reference Collection of the Wilson Library.

General Sources
  • Historical Abstracts
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/3086
    Covers the world's scholarship in history from 1450 to the present.
    • Location(s): Also owned in print
  • IMB: International Medieval Bibliography
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/3300
    This guide to what has been published about the Middle Ages is interdisciplinary, including conference proceedings, collected essays, and journal articles on philosophy, literature, the arts, etc. in addition to those of historical analysis covering the period between the years 476 and 1500. Useful for research on Medieval Spain and Portugal.
    • Location(s): Wilson Reference D111 .I56x
  • MLA International Bibliography
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/3157
    Indexes scholarship on Spanish and Portugues literature, folklore, language and linguistics, and dramatic arts.
Sources on Iberia and Ibero-America
  • Medieval Iberia, An Encyclopedia
    • Location(s): Wilson Reference DP2682 .A64 1981
  • Historical Dictionary of the Spanish Empire
    • Location(s): Wilson Reference DP56 .H57 1991
  • Statistical Abstract Of Latin America
    Annual publication compiling statistical information from Ibero-America
    • Location(s): Wilson Reference Quarto HA935.S8
  • Bibliographia de autores espanoles del siglo - XVIII
    • Location(s): Wilson Reference Z682 .A64 1981
  • Latin American Writers
    Biographical literary essays with bibliographies listing editions, translations, and studies on Latin American authors
    • Location(s): Wilson Reference Quarto PQ7081.A1 L37 1989
  • Modern Spanish and Portuguese Literatures
    Compilation of critical assessments of the works of major Spanish and Portuguese authors. Published: 1988.
    • Location(s): WILSON Reference PQ6072 .M57 1988
  • Indice Historico Espanol
    • Location(s): Wilson Reference Z696 .I6
Periodicals and News Publications


There are periodical publications from or about Iberia and Ibero-America throughout the University of Minnesota Libraries, but the Wilson Library has the largest holding of them. Most journals of analysis and general interest magazines from or about Iberia and Ibero-America at the Wilson Library are housed in the Periodicals Collection, uncatalogued and arranged by title in alphabetical order. however, some are catalogued and housed in the general stacks under the appropriate number. Such is the case with annuals like Jahrbuch fur Geschichte Lateinamerikas (Wilson F1401 .J3), and Melanges de la Casa de Velazquez (Wilson DP1 .M3a). Popular Iberian/Ibero-American news publications in the Periodicals Collection are Proceso (Mexico), Sabado (Portugal), and Veja (Brazil).

Research Collections and Government Documents

The University Of Minnesota Libraries house a considerable number of manuscript and printed documents, statistical sources, government publications, and printed collections of letters, memoirs, and other primary sources related to Iberia and Ibero-America.

The James Ford Bell Libraryis a treasure trove of manuscripts and early printed materials related to European explorations throughout the world. Its holdings on Ibero-America are considerable. At this point not all the holdings of that important collection are represented in the University Libraries online catalog (MNCAT), but the Bell Library has its own card catalog, and there is a recently published printed catalog.

Special Collections and Rare Books houses primary sources related to Iberia and Ibero-America. Noteworthy among them is a collection of 18th century Spanish editions of Spanish and Spanish American comedias of the 16th and 17th centuries. Like the James Ford Bell Library, this library is not represented fully in MNCAT, but it has its own card catalog. Important special collections related to Iberia and Ibero-America are housed in the Children's Literature Research Collection and the Tretter Collection the the Andersen Library.

The Government Publications Library at the Wilson Library houses United States Executive documents, congressional records, and State Department publications, essential for the study of the relations of Ibero-America and Spain with the United States. A most important source for current affairs in the Iberian world in this collection is the transcripts of foreign radio broadcasts monitored by the Foreign Broadcast Information Services (FBIS). This special collection houses publications of the United Nations, the European Union and the Organization of American States, as well as some foreign government documents. Not all the holdings at the Government Publications Library are represented in the University Libraries online catalog (MNCAT).

The Wilson Library houses in the general stacks collections of documents, facsimile of early imprints, and modern editions of historical documents. All of these are catalogued and shelved under their call number. That is the case with the collection of British Foreign Office consular reports from Latin America from 1845 to 1914 (Wilson quarto JX623 .B747 1991), and from 1914 to 1939 (Wilson quarto JX632 .B74 1983).

In addition to the specialized libraries in the Wilson Library mentioned above, there are important collections of Iberian and Ibero-American materials in three other University Libraries. The Law Library has an extensive collection of constitutions, civil codes, legislative publications, and human rights publications related to Spain and Ibero-America. The Music Library (70 Ferguson Hall) houses printed and recorded music by major Iberian and Ibero-American composers. The Learning Resource Center, temporarily located in 204 Walter Library, houses a collection of Iberian and Ibero-American films in videocasette.

Research Collections in Microtexts


In addition to the early imprints in original paper editions housed in the Bell Library and the Rare Books and Special Collections Library, and the paper government publications housed in the Government Publications Library, the Wilson Library houses several research collections in microtexts. Wilson Library microtexts are located in the basement level of the library, near the Periodicals Collection and the Newspapers Collection. The following are perhaps the most important of those research microtexts collections.
  • Diario de las Sesiones de Cortes (1810-1922)
    These are proceedings of the Spanish parliament. They include the secret sessions held in 1810-13. Useful to those studying 19th century Spain and the political development of Cubans and Puerto Ricans (Cuba and Puerto Rico sent deputies to Cortes from 1878 to 1898). Location: Microfiche 38-43, Government Publications Library
University Libraries Home Page


The University Minnesota Libraries home page provides access to the University Libraries online catalog (MNCAT) through the access point MNCAT , to dozens of indexes to periodical articles through Articles and More, and to the online catalogs of the area, state, nation and foreign libraries through the access point Catalogs.
  • Finding Books and Periodicals at the University Libraries (MNCAT)


    The University Libraries online catalog (MNCAT) is self-explanatory and extremely user-friendly. Remember, that in a library catalog you will only find entries for books, reports and journals owned by that library. Records for journals with online editions display the URL to access them.

    Do not search in it for journal articles, conference papers, or essays in collective volumes. You may search for the journal on which an article that you want to read was published. You will also find in MNCAT the titles of conference proceedings and collective works.

    Once you have found a library record, you will notice that it gives you a call number and a location. The call number is the number assigned to each individual title. At the University of Minnesota Libraries we used originally the Dewey Decimal cataloguing system, but later we changed to the Library of Congress cataloging system. As a result, collections in the University of Minnesota Libraries are split by cataloguing system. Furthermore, we shelve books by size. The call numbers indicate if a book is a folio (large), a quarto (a bit larger than a letter-sized sheet), or smaller (when no indication is given in the record), thus leading the user to a specific size grouping in the stacks. The location in a catalog record for a title tells the user where in the University-wide system he can find it.


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