Spanish and Portuguese Studies
Scope of Collection
The Spanish and Portuguese Collection (along with the Latin American Collection) supports the research needs of faculty, students, and scholars in and affiliated with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. The collection also supports a broad range of research and teaching in distinct departments such as Comparative Literature, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, History, Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and academic programs in African Studies, Film Studies, International Business, Jewish Studies, Medieval Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Poltical Economy of Industrial Societies (PEIS), Religious Studies Religious Studies, and Romance Languages and Literatures.
The collection encompasses most subject areas for materials published in Spain and Portugal with a concentration on philology, literature, history, and culture extending from the early Middle Ages to the present. The collection also reflects a long-term interest in historical treatments of Spain and Portugal in relation to other countries, in colonial periods, and especially in relation to Latin America (all aspects).
Three relatively new initiatives in the Institute for European Studies — The Portuguese Studies Program, The Spanish Studies Program as well as Catalán and Occitan Studies Program — all rely on the Library's historic collecting of materials in vernacular languages and dialects spoken on the Iberian Peninsula apart from the predominant Castilian Spanish.
Catalán materials may, in fact, be one of the collection's greatest strengths vis à vis other collections nationwide.
Primary Languages and Formats
Digital and print for Spanish, Portuguese, Catalán, Basque/Euskera, Galician, and some Latin.
Transferred to Bancroft in 1998 from the Main Library, the Teatro Español Collection comprises over 4,000 plays published in Spain during the 19th century bound together in 224 volumes. The Fernán-Nuñéz Collection (1490-1800) from the archives of Dukes of Fernán-Nuñéz holds 225 volumes of literary political, diplomatic, and historical manuscripts.
The Spanish Civil War Materials: ephemera as well as books and pamphlets published in Spain from 1936-1938 were gifted to UCB in 1958. Other important collections include the Junius Adams Collection (a collection of radical political movements from the 1930s and 1940s in Italy and Spain), Camara da Souza Collection (16th, 17th, and 18th c. editions of Brazilian, Portuguese, and Spanish literature), Cebrián Collection (large collection on Spanish and Spanish American culture), Hill Collection and Hills Library (Spanish philology and literature), League of American Writers Archives (Spanish Civil War), and the extensive Manuel Nuñez de Arenas Collection (16th and 17th century Spanish documents, Spanish communist newspapers from 1921-22, intellectual, political, and social history of Spain).
Also Anthropology, CED Visual Resources Center, Environmental Design, Ethnic Studies, Music, Pacific Film Archive, South/Southeast Asian (for the Philippines, East Timor, Goa, Damão, etc.), and the Robbins Collection (Boalt).
For information about research tools, library guides, and related pages, see Spanish and Portuguese.