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Biblioteca Palafoxiana online catalog, Colegio de México digital collections, blog news

February 11, 2015 · Leave a Comment


Happy Wednesday. I recently received notice that the Biblioteca Palafoxiana’s catalog is online. You can search it here. While it is not a digital library, nonetheless it is helpful to see the holdings of what many consider to be the first library in America. Full link:

I did find a way to find some digitized versions of books that are in the Biblioteca Palafoxiana, through the cooperative e-book platform Primeros Libros (which I will adding to my relevant research guides shortly.) The list of digitized books in the BP is here.

While I was looking at various webpages for this post, I happened to come across the Colegio de Mexico’s list of digital collections. There is a some great stuff in there in a variety of subject areas, and most of the collections are publicly available (Colegio-only resources are marked with CM.) Link for this is here.

Finally, while I will continue to post on this blog when I can for the remainder of the semester, I am thinking about retiring it in the fall, or at least slowing it down a bit. Blogs take a great deal of time to write, edit, and maintain, and in the interest of efficiency (THE word of our age, I think), I am thinking about going the social media route, if only to send out news much faster. However, I also like this format exactly because of its length; the ability to be clear and complete is something becoming rarer and rarer these days. I will likely continue it somewhere in the middle; blogging for the bigger news (a new paid resource, conference news, etc.) and leaving quick and helpful tips and more general/public resources to Facebook and/or Twitter. More to come! Thanks for reading.

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New resource: Sabin Americana (Gale-Cengage)

August 21, 2013 · Leave a Comment

This year, our American Studies librarian, Maura Seale, spearheaded the purchase of Sabin Americana, a database of primary resources from the Western Hemisphere. There are over 800 texts in Spanish, and nearly 100 in Portuguese, all from the colonial period until the early 20th century. Sample texts include early editions of Fray Bartolomé de la Casa’s Brevissima relacion, Francisco López de Gómara’s Historia de Mexico, and works by Antonio Vieira from the early 1700s. The scans are very clear and searchable by full-text, printable as a PDF, and can also be increased greatly in size for readability. Note the source citations at the bottom of each image as well. As usual, I recommend using the advanced search; it gives a lot of great options (language, subject area, etc.)

If you are teaching a class on colonial-era Latin America, need primary resources for your paper for this era, need to find original editions of colonia-era texts, or just want a look at some often beautiful and rare materials, this is a great place to start. More about the collection is here. And New York Times obituary for Joseph Sabin, who developed the original library collection, is here as a pdf. Happy searching!

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