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)|
|General Works and Reference (ES.1)|
|Spain to 1516 (ES.2)|
|Spain from 1516 (ES.3)|
|Habsburg Spain (ES.4)|
|Bourbon Spain (ES.5)|
|Spain 1808-1898 (ES.6)|
|Twentieth Century Spain (ES.7)|
Spanish Regional History (ESR)
|Spanish Local History (ESR.1)|
|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)|
|Spanish and Local History Journals (ESR.8-9)|