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Other Luso-Hispanic Collections

Unless otherwise indicated, write to this link for further information or for reference assistance from the Hispanic Division.

American Folklife Center Collections

The American Folklife Center encompasses all aspects of folklore and folklife from the United States and around the world.

Veterans History Project

You should email reference questions to their Ask a Librarian Service or contact the American Folklife Center directly:

Book Collections

Automated access to the book collections of the Library of Congress can be found through the online catalog for post-1968 materials.

Overview of the Online Catalog, including hours and availability

Other electronic research tools

Handbook of Latin American Studies

Connect to the Library's catalogs

There are some non-automated material published earlier than 1968, which may be found in the published National Union Catalog of Pre-1956 Imprints, or the subsequent volumes of the National Union Catalog, or will need to be searched manually at the Library of Congress. The online subscription item WorldCat, which can be found under Electronic Resouces, may also provide further bibliographic information.

Genealogical and Local History Collections

  • Available in various reading rooms such as the Hispanic Reading Room, the Main Reading Room, and especially through the Local History and Genealogical Reading Room. The latter reading room provides specialized reference assistance in genealogical studies worldwide. Because of the extent of the collections, and the complexity of genealogical research, one should check not only with the catalog of the Library but also with reference librarians who may suggest sources in other parts of the Library. For example, if one were to search for the descendants of the Aztec ruler Montezuma, an interesting source would be a 1596 document from the Spanish Archivo General de Indias. This document, " Arbol genealógico de la descendencia de Motezuma [sic]," is photograpically reproduced and found in the collections of the Prints and Photographs Division. The finding aid Hispanic Local History and Genealogy in the United States provides an overview of some of the materials found through this reading room.
  • Search an automated index to the major published work of Hispanic Genealogy and Heraldry. This is an index to Spanish and Latin American surnames found in the work of García Carraffa.

Law Collections

  • Because of the legislative duties of the Library of Congress, textual legal materials are not available in the Hispanic Reading Room. The text of laws, decrees, ordinances, etc. are available to the reader in the Law Library. The Law Library Reading Room offers an extensive collection of Carribean and Luso-Hispanic material. Legal materials for Hispanic subjects as reflected in United States legislation is available through the THOMAS database. The historical or sociological impact of a given law may be found through perusal of the general collections. Additional bibliographic information on these aspects may be gleaned from standard historical or sociological sources such as The Handbook of Latin American Studies. Such material is available through the Hispanic Reading Room.
  • Global Legal Information Network. The Library of Congress' site for legal information. The Guide: Nations of the World is an annotated file of hyperlinks to sources that allow one to search the Internet for legal, including some political and governmental, material for individual countries.

You should email reference questions to their Ask a Librarian Service or contact the Law Library directly.

Manuscript Collections

Available in the Manuscript Reading Room

    Many items within the Manuscript collections have Hispanic related materials. For example, portions of The George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress have been recently mounted online. One may search this collection for the word 'Spain' and find at least 96 letters in George Washington's Letterbooks. Click on the individual citation to see a photographic reproduction of the selected letter. Many of these letters have transcriptions available.

Other relevant manuscripts include:

Selected bibliography of manuscript materials reproduced from archives in Spain. [Please note that this is a large file, 70K, or depending upon your printer, about 33 pages of citations of material from such places as the Archives of the Indies, the National Library in Madrid (including a number of Relaciones Geográficas of 18th century Mexico), among others]

Peter Force Collection, manuscripts and maps relating to American history, early American imprints, and incunabula

Illustration from Fray Diego Durán's Historia antigua de la Nueva España con noticias de los ritos y costumbres de los Yndios y esplicación del calendario mexicano, from a 19th century manuscript facsimile of the 1585 original

Harkness Collection, documents relating to colonial Mexico and Peru

Hans P. Kraus Collection, documents relating to colonial Spanish America

Woodbury Lowery Collection, maps and papers relating to Spanish colonies in North America

Portuguese Manuscript Collection, manuscripts relating to Portuguese history and literature

For additional manuscripts before writing to the Manuscript Division, one should search:

The National Union catalog of Manuscript Collections. This is a Union Catalog (a listing of the holdings of) manuscript collections in various libraries .Search the OCLC catalog for citations in both the Library of Congress and in other libraries.

Map Collections

Available in the Geography and Map Reading Room

Map Collections 1544-1996 site.

Besides the rest of the United States, there are historical maps of the Southwestern part of the United States available online on the Panoramic Maps 1847-1921 site.

Materials reproduced from archives in Spain. [Please note that this is a large file, 106KB, or depending upon your printer, about 39 pages of citations to maps in their collections.]

You should email reference questions to their Ask a Librarian Service or contact the Geography & Map Division directly.

Microform Collections


Newspapers and Current Periodicals

Prints & Photographs

Search prints and photographs.

Overview of cataloging regarding prints and photographs

Archive of Hispanic Culture Photographs of Latin American art and architecture

Rare Books


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