Portuguese History Collections

Find out more about the Portuguese History Collections in the IHR Wohl Library. We collect historical sources and guides to finding and using sources. This page shows examples from the collections.


The Portuguese collection covers the history of this country from the early medieval period to post-Salazar Portugal. We collect published works reflecting all aspects of Portuguese history including its political, religious, and social history. Despite its small size, it is one of the most extensive collections of primary sources on Portuguese history in Britain. Due to Portugal's prominent position in Europe's global expansion and invasion after c.1400, a significant amount of material can be found in collections elsewhere including the library's collections on exploration, colonialism and the history of Brazil.

Highlights from the Collections




Online Resources

Please note that access to some of these resources is available onsite at the IHR, or offsite for staff and students of the IHR only. 


Other Collections

Within the IHR Wohl Library

Browse collection guides to find material relevant to your particular area of interest. Other collections that may be relevant include:

Other libraries, archives, organisations

Further Help

Contact us if you would like help on finding or using our collections, or if you have any comments or suggestions about the content of this guide. We are happy to help.

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