Digital Collections

Digital Text Collections
  • Archivo de Filología Española 1998-2007 – A selection of historical grammatical treatises that includes, among others, Nebrija’s “Gramática de la lengua española” and Villena’s “El arte de trovar”.
  • Biblioteca Nacional Digital – Portuguese National Library digital collection.
  • Digital Library of Old Spanish Texts – The Hispanic Seminary of Medieval Studies presents this online library of early Spanish texts. A full user guide is available on the website.
  • Digital Collections of Rare Books (Spain and Portugal) – This site gives a comprehensive listing of libraries in Spain and Portugal with digital collections of rare texts. Some of the collections contain materials in the other languages of the peninsula.
  • Digital Scriptorium – The Digital Scriptorium is a growing image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research.
  • Galician-Portuguese Medieval Songs (Cantigas Medievais Galego-Portuguesas)
  • Library of Iberian Resources Online (LIBRO) – a joint project of the American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain and the University of Central Arkansas. The book list is principally drawn from recent, but out-of-print university press monographs. In addition, the collection includes a number of basic texts and sources in translation. These are presented in full-text format and reproduce all the matter included in the original print version. The collection focuses upon peninsular history from the fifth to the seventeenth centuries.
  • Maps of Historic Cities – Maps, literature, documents, books and other relevant material concerning the past, present and future of historic cities.
  • Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal – Biblioteca Nacional Digital – List of many documents on the Portuguese and Spanish history. Listed by date of publication and collection. 1175-2004; Spanish and Portuguese facsimiles.
  • Hispana – Access to over a million digital objects from 121 repositories in Spain. A project of the Ministry of Culture. (Searchable database of documents, facsimiles, transcriptions, photos, sound recordings, etc.)
  • Historical Text Archive : Spain – Includes primary and secondary documents, provided by Don Mabry. (Transcriptions, facsimiles and commentaries, mostly in English)
  • History of Spain (BYU) – Digitized primary documents for medieval Spain, the Golden Age, 18th and 19th centuries, 1936 to present, legal and governmental documents, local and regional history sources and historical collections
  • History of Spain: Primary Documents (BYU) – Digital documents from medieval Spain, Golden Age, 18th and 19th century, and 1936 to present. Also divided by sources by topic, legal and governmental documents, local and regional sources and historical collections with links to digital archives all over the world.
  • Labyrinth Library: Iberian Texts (Georgetown University) – Provides free, organized access to electronic resources in medieval studies.
  • PARES: Portal de Archivos Españoles – A portal and database created by Spain’s Ministerio de Cultura containing more than twenty million documents and digital images from the principal Spanish archives, including the Archivo de las Indias and Archive of the Spanish Civil War.

Manuscripts & Early Books Catalogues
  • Calames – Calames is an online catalogue of archives and manuscripts in French university and research libaries. It can be used in conjunction with the Catalogue Collectif de France (CCF), which also has a section devoted to manuscripts.
  • CERL Portal – The CERL Portal gives access to descriptions of manuscripts of all periods and early printed materials (up to 1830) in collections in Europe, the United States and Australia. The Portal searches these collections simultaneously and offers the search results grouped per library.
  • Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke (GW) – This online version of the well-known catalogue of incunabula lists all 15th century prints in alphabetical order. The print edition of the catalogue has been published since 1925 by the Hiersemann publishing house. There are currently eleven volumes, detailing all incunabula from ‘Abbey of the Holy Ghost’ to ‘Hord, Jobst.’
  • Incunabula Short Title Catalogue (ISTC) – The ISTC is the international database of 15th century European printing created by the British Library, with contributions from institutions worldwide. Information on each item includes authors, short titles, language, printer, place and date of printing, and format. Links are provided to digital facsimiles wherever possible.
  • Manus – Manus is the most comprehensive database of manuscripts written in the Latin alphabet kept in Italian libraries. It includes bibliographical descriptions of each item. Some images are also available.
  • PhiloBiblon – PhiloBiblon is a bio-bibliographical database of texts written during the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance. Consisting of four thematic databases, PhiloBiblon covers texts written in the various Romance vernaculars of the the Iberian Peninsula.
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