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Iberia 1400-1700: English Language Resources: Primary Sources

Contains reference sources about the history of Spain and Portugal and their empires from 1400-1700.

Primary Sources

Primary sources provide first-hand evidence about an event, place, historical period, discovery, invention, organization, or person’s life.

They may be found in libraries or archives in printed volumes, in manuscripts, on microform, or online.

Diaries, letters, journals, autobiographies, memoirs, some government documents, early printed books, manuscripts, archival collections, pamphlets, ephemera, facsimiles or reprints of early works, photographs, artifacts, maps, field notes, oral histories, or records of organizations/companies may all be primary sources.  Read more about them here. And here.


As you use the online catalog by subject heading watch for sub-headings: sources, personal narratives, correspondence, early works to 1800, diaries.  Example: Spain--history--sources

Another way is to "and" various words for primary sources, such as diaries, letters, journals, personal narratives, correspondence, etc. to keyword searches.

Watch for, look for, citations to primary sources in secondary works and in reference sources, in footnotes or bibliography.

Watch for, look for, references to primary sources amidst search results in periodical index searches.

Murray and Hong Special Collections of the MSU Libraries.  

Contains all works owned by MSU Libraries published/printed prior to 1866, our manuscript collections, and items that are treated as rare because of their fragility or one of a kind nature.  Find what MHSPC has by using the advanced search in the online catalog and choosing Murray and Hong Special Collections as the location.

Works Issued by the Hakluyt Society, 1847-  Main G 161 .H2 [Vol. 1]-100; 2nd ser., no. 1-190; 3rd ser., no.1-. 

Founded in 1846, the Hakluyt Society is a text publication society based in London, England, which seeks to advance knowledge and education by the publication of scholarly editions of primary records of voyages, travels and other geographical material.  The main activity of the Society is the publication of scholarly editions of primary sources on the voyages and travels undertaken by individuals in many parts of the globe. These include early accounts dealing with the geography, ethnology and natural history of the regions visited. The Society has to date published over 200 editions in some 350 volumes. All editions are published in English. Only a few volumes have complete content in Hathitrust.

Inquisition in New Spain, 1536-1820: a Documentary History.  Edited by John F. Chuchiak IV.  Main BX 1740 .N49 I57 2012

This is a collection of documnets pertaining to the Holy Office of the Inquisition for New Spain.  50 pus sources in 3 sections: I. establishment of the Inquisition and the regulations governing it. II. documents pertaining to its procedures and operations, including rules for using torture and prison life. III. trial proceedings and testimonies of accused persons and their accusers.  Questions of blasphemy, sorcery, sexual behavior crypto-Judaism, other heresies are emphasized.

Spanish Inquisition, 1478-1614 : an Anthology of Sources. Edited and translated by Lu Ann Homza. on Main BX 1735 .S63 2006

Goldsmiths’ Kress Library of Economic Literature Catalog.  Digital and Multimedia Center 4th floor west Z 7164 .E2 G63 1997 CD ROM

This is a CD ROM index to a big microfilm set of which we have Segment I and Segment I, Supplement.   We offer this material electronically now in a resource called Making of the Modern World, Parts I and II. The call number for our film set is 16416a.  The films are in Remote Storage.  Contained, online and on the films, are more than 30,000 printed books through 1800 from the Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature at the University of London and the Kress Library of Business and Economics at Harvard University School of Business Administration, two of the preeminent libraries for business and economics. Both of these libraries have as their core the collections of Professor Herbert Somerton Foxwell, 1849-1936, of Cambridge University. In 1901 he gave his collection to the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths'; two years later they gave it to the University of London. Foxwell continued to collect and these later materials went to Harvard when he died. Titles may be in English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish.  There is an online database of these materials that MSU Libraries doesn't own called Making of the Modern World. 

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