Spanish History in the Institute of Historical Research Library

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About the Spanish collection

The Spanish collection is one of the best collections of sources and reference works for Spanish history in Britain. The collection covers the history of Spain from Medieval to modern times. There is an extensive amount of material relating to the Age of Expansion and twentieth century Spain. There is particular emphasis on material covering the Spanish Civil War, with a range of resources from historical texts to personal narratives.

One of the highlights of the collection is the large concentration of regional and local material. This includes many archives of particular regions, from various different sources, including government and church records. The diverse history of Spain is reflected in the regional materials, with works in Castilian, Catalan, Galician, Basque and Arabic. The material includes information on the well known areas of Barcelona and Madrid, but there is also a wide range of material covering other significant areas such as Granada, Mallorca, Oviedo, Cadiz, and Aragon, and many other towns.

The collection reflects the diverse history of Spain, covering the history of the kingdoms of Medieval, Early Modern and Modern Spain.  Religious history is represented as well, including information on Catholics and Jews in Spain, and Arabic language materials covering Islamic Spain. 

 

Related IHR collections

  • Portuguese collection - especially regarding their own history of the Reconquista and the period of Spanish-Portuguese unification (1580-1640)
  • Sections of the Italian collection - especially regarding the Kingdom of Aragon's expansion into Sicily and Southern Italy.
  • Low Countries collection - includes many sources highlighting the Revolt of the Low Countries from Spain in the 16th and 17th centuries.
  • The library's large Latin-American collection includes many sources on Spain's conquest of the New World and the establishment of its Empire.

Organisation of the Spanish collection

The items are classified with the letter ES (ESS for oversized material), and ESR for regional material, subdivided as follows: 

General History (ES)

 
Bibliography and Historical Guides (ES.0)

For example:
Archivo General de la Administración, 1969-1994
Archivos y bibliotecas eclesiásticos de Castilla y León

General Works and Reference (ES.1)

For example:
Memorial histórico español : colección de documentos, opúsculos y antigüedades que publica la Real Academia de la Historia
Diccionario de los reyes de España

Spain to 1516 (ES.2)

For example:
The Visigoths : studies in culture and society
al-Bayān al-mughrib fī akhbār al-Andalus wa-al-Maghrib

Spain from 1516 (ES.3)

For example:
Albores de la imprenta : el libro en España y Portugal y sus posesiones de ultramar, siglos XV-XVI
Historia de la administración en la España moderna

Habsburg Spain (ES.4)

For example:
El documento real en la época de los Austrias, 1516-1700
Corre manuscrito : una historia cultural del Siglo de Oro

Bourbon Spain (ES.5)

For example:
La organización institucional de la Cámara de Castilla en la época Borbónica
Valladolid, 1752 : según las respuestas generales del catastro de Ensenada

Spain 1808-1898 (ES.6)

For example:
Actas de la Comisión de Constitución, 1811-1813
"Reflexiones a las Cortes" y otros escritos políticos

Twentieth Century Spain (ES.7)

For example:
Espionaje en España
Almería, 1936-37 : sublevación militar y alteraciones en la retaguardia republicana

Periodicals (ES.9)

For example:
Boletín de la Real Academia de la Historia
Cuardernos de Investigación Histórica

Spanish Regional History (ESR)
with further division into the following categories:

Spanish Local History (ESR.1)

For example:
Los diputados por Andalucía de la Segunda República 1931-1939 : diccionario biográfico
El primer mapa del reino de Valencia, 1568-1584

Multi-Regional Works (ESR.3)For example:
Documentación relativa a la antigua provincia carmelita de Castilla (1416-1836)
Mercaderies i diners : la correspondencia datiniana entre Valencia i Mallorca, (1395- 1398)
Regional History (ESR.5-6)

For example:
Ordenanzas de la muy noble, famosa y muy leal ciudad de Jaén, guarda y defendimiento de los reinos de Castilla
Relaciones sobre el estado de las diócesis valencianas

Spanish and Local History Journals (ESR.8-9)  

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