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Latin American studies reference sources

This is a list of the major Latin American reference works in the British Library. It is mostly limited to material on open access in the British Library Reading Rooms and includes works in Spanish and in English. The shelfmark of each printed item is given at the end of every citation..Electronic resources can be accessed in the Electronic Resources Rooms in both Humanities Floor 1 and Floor 2.

Books in print
Census material
Indigenous peoples
Language dictionaries
Latin American sources


St. James Guide to Hispanic artists. Profiles of Latino and Latin American artists, edited by Thomas Riggs. London, St. James Press, 2002
Hispanic Section


Current national bibliographies, where available.

HLR 015.72 Central America; HLR 015.8 -.89 S. America
Bibliografia española is also available on CD-ROM from 1976.

General bibliographies e.g.

Palau y Dulcet, A., Manual del librero hispanoamericano, 2. ed., 28 vols., 1948-77, plus indices and Addenda
Barcelona, 1948-77
HLR015.8; RAR090.98
A bibliography of Latin American bibliographies, compiled by Arthur E. Gropp ... an updating of the second edition, 1942; supplement
Metuchen, N.J: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1968-93
HLR 980
Bibliography of Latin American bibliographies published in periodicals
2 vols. Metuchen, Scarecrow Press, 1976.
HUR 980
Bibliographic guide to Latin American studies, Boston: G.K. Hall, 1978-; annual (acquisitions of University of Texas and Library of Congress).

Trade bibliography

F ichero bibliográfico hispanoamericano
San Juan, Melcher, 1961-
Country bibliographies: see Clio series.
HLR 972 Central America
HLR 980 - 989 S. America


HLR 920.072 (Central America); HLR 920.080-089 S. America
Archivo biográfico de España, Portugal e Iberoamérica = Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American biographical archive, dirección y redacción: Víctor Herrero Mediavilla, L.Rosa Aguayo Nayle. 3rd edition.
Munich, K.G. Saur, 2000
Microfiches at HLR Enquiry Desk Index: 10v.
HLR 920.046
Indice biográfico de España, Portugal e Iberoamérica= Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American biographical archive, dirección y redacción: Víctor Herrero Mediavilla. 3rd ed. 10 vols. Munich,K.G. Saur, 2000.
Quién es quién en América del Sur: diccionario biográfico argentino, 1982 - 1983
[Buenos Aires], Publicaciones Referenciales Latinoamericanas, 1982
HLR 920.082
Index to Spanish American collective biography. Sara de Mundo Lo. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1981-85. 6 vols. Vol.1: Andean countries; vol.2: Mexico; vol.3: Central America and Caribbean countries; vol.4: River Plate countries; vols 5 and 6 (Brazil and General Latin America) forthcoming.

 Books in print

HLR 015.72 Central America; HLR 015.8 -.89 S. America
Libros en venta en Hispanoamérica y España.
New York, Bowker, 1964- , annual


British Library collections

Thomas, H., Short-title catalogue of Portuguese books and of Spanish-American books printed before 1601 now in the British Museum,
London, Bernard Quaritch Ltd, 1926
RAR 094.20946 BL
Short-title catalogue of Spanish and Portuguese books, 1601-1700, in the Library of the British Museum - (the British Library-Reference Division), edited by V.F. Goldsmith.
Folkestone, Dawsons, 1974.
Stevens, Henry, Catalogue of Mexican and other Spanish American and West Indian books in the library of the British Museum, Christmas, 1856
McQuown, Norman A. Catalogue of American Indian language manuscripts and printed books in the British (Museum) Library in London
Chicago, University of Chicago Library, 1989

Other library catalogues e.g.

Catalogue of the Library of the Hispanic Society of America, 10 vols., 1962 [post-1700 editions only].
Supplement (1970)

 Census material

A guide to Latin American and Caribbean census material, a bibliography and union list, edited by C.Travis.
London, British Library, 1990.
(Lists census material held in the British Library and elsewhere.)


South American economic handbook
London, Euromonitor, 1986


HLR 036.1-9
Enciclopedia universal ilustrada europeo-americana Espasa
70 vol., Barcelona, [1907-1930] + supplements to 1980
HLR 036.1
Gran enciclopedia Rialp
Madrid, Ediciones Rialp, 1971-76. 24 toms.
Suplemento A-Z, 1987.
HLR 036.1
Cambridge encyclopedia of Latin America, edited by Simon Collier, Harold Blakemore, Thomas E. Skidmore.
Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1985. 456p.
Encyclopedia of Latin America, edited by Helen Delpar. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1974. 651p.


South American handbook.
Bath, Footprint Handbooks, 1924-; annual.
Latest edition HLR 918.04


HLR 972 Middle America
HLR 980 - 989 S. America
Cambridge history of Latin America, edited by Leslie Bethell.
Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1985-
HLR 980
Latin American and Caribbean contemporary record.
New York, Holmes & Meier, 1982- (for 1981/82-); annual.
OPL 980.00202
Latin America: a guide to the historical literature, edited by Charles C. Griffin.
Austin, University of Texas Press, 1971. 700p.
HLR 980
The Scarecrow series of historical dictionaries for specific countries
HLR 972; 980-989

 Indigenous peoples

Handbook of Middle American indians.
Founding editor, Robert Wauchope.
16 vols. Austin, University of Texas Press, 1964-76. Plus supplements.
Handbook of South American indians, edited by Julian H. Steward. 7 vols.
Washington, 1946-59. Includes index.

 Language dictionaries

HLR 462-469
Cuervo, Rufino José, Diccionario de construcción y régimen de la lengua castellana.
Bogotá, Instituto Caro y Cuervo, 1994. 8 vols.
HLR 463

 Latin American sources

Latin American studies : a basic guide to sources, edited by R.A. McNeil and B.G. Valk.
Metuchen, N.J., Scarecrow Press, 1990.
HLR Enquiry Desk 026.98
Covington, P.H., Latin America and the Caribbean: a critical guide to research sources
New York, Greenwood Press, 1992
HLR 980

 Library resources

Latin American library resources in London, 5th ed., compiled by Institute of Latin American Studies, 1991
London: Latin American Subject Sub-Committee, Library Resources Co-ordinating Committee, 1991
HLR Enquiry Desk 026.98 (P)
Macdonald, Roger and Travis, Carole, Libraries and special collections on Latin America and the Caribbean, a directory of European resources, 2nd ed., (University of London, Institute of Latin American Studies monographs. 0076-0846.14)
London: published for the Institute of Latin American Studies University of London [by] Athlone, 1988
OPL 980.0074


Encyclopaedia of Latin American literature, edited by Verity Smith. London, Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997
HLR 860.03; YC. 1997.b.2533
Franco, Jean, Spanish American literature since independence, London, Ernest Benn, 1973
HLR 860.9; X.0989/684(8)
Oxford companion to Spanish literature. edited by Philip Ward. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978.
HLR 860.9
Cambridge history of Latin American Literature, edited by Roberto González Echevarría and Enrique Pupo-Walker
Cambridge University Press, 1996. 3v.
HLR 860.998
The Penguin book of Latin American verse,edited by E.Caracciolo-Trejo ... with plain prose translations [by Tom Raworth and others], 1971 (The Penguin poets)
Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1971
HLR 861.008
Hoffman, Herbert H., Hoffman's index to poetry: European and Latin American poetry in anthologies,
London, Scarecrow Press, 1985
HLR 808.81
Modern Latin-American fiction writers, second series, edited by William Luis and Ann González (Dictionary of literary biography, v. 145, a Bruccoli Clark Layman book)
Detroit ; London: Gale Research, c1994
HLR 809
Flores, Angel, Spanish American authors, the twentieth century,
New York, Wilson, 1992
HLR 860.9868


ISLA: information services on Latin America.
Oakland, California, Information Services on Latin America, 1970-; monthly. [US newspaper articles].


HAPI, Hispanic American periodicals index, edited by Barbara G. Valk; associate editor Ana María Cobos.
Los Angeles, UCLA Latin American Center Publications, 1977-
HUR 011.34098
Periódicos y revistas españoles e hispanoamericanas
Barcelona, Centro de Investigaciones Literarias Españoles e Hispanoamericanas, 1989, 2v.
HUR 011.34094
Covington, Paula H. Indexed journals: a guide to Latin American serials
Madison, Wisc., SALALM, 1983.
Fichero bibliográfico hispanoamericano.
San Juan, PR, Melcher Ediciones, 1961-; 11 a year.
Handbook of Latin American studies.
Austin, University of Texas Press, 1935-; annual [since vol.27 (1965), in alternate years: Humanities, Social sciences]. Monographs and periodical articles. Annotated.
HLR 980
Readers' guide to periodical literature, edited by A.L. Guthrie, 1900-1904 [etc]
Minneapolis, 1905 - annual.
HUR 011.34
British humanities index
London, Library Association, 1962-, annual.
HUL 011.340941
Also available online as BHInet from 1984, onsite only.


Rossi, Ernest E. and Plano, Jack C., The Latin American political dictionary
Santa Barbara ; Oxford: ABC-Clio, c1980
OPL 320.98


Statistical abstract of Latin America.
Los Angeles, University of California, Latin American Center,
1955-; annual.
OPL 980.0212


Latin America and the Caribbean: a dissertation bibliography, edited by Marian C. Walters.
Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International, 1981- ; supplements.


Index to anthologies of Latin American literature in English translation, edited by Juan R. and Patricia M. Freudenthal.
Boston, G.K. Hall, 1977.


Knaster, Meri, Women in Spanish America: an annotated bibliography from pre-conquest to contemporary times.
Boston, G.K. Hall, 1977.

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