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Macedonian Collections

 This page provides an overview of the Macedonian Collections, illustrated by specific examples. We acquire material across the spectrum of the humanities and social sciences.

The Church of St Naum in Ohrid. Copyright ©1997, The British Library Board

The Church of St Naum in Ohrid. Copyright © The British Library Board



In the following text, codes which appear in brackets after references ([11585.k.25]) indicate British Library shelfmarks.

The British Library Macedonian Collections contain material covering the various stages of Macedonian history in Macedonian, Serbian, Greek and other languages. The Department of Western Manuscripts holds a 14th-century Macedonian Gospels.

During the period of Macedonian revival in the 19th and 20th centuries, some writers used Macedonian characters in the written form of the Bulgarian language. Today, Bulgarian and Macedonian authors have mutual claims to their respective literatures. Included in the Library's holdings are examples of important cultural works, such as Bŭlgarski narodni pesni, sobrani od bratiia Miladinovci (Zagreb, 1861) [11585.k.25] by Konstantin Miladinov (1830-62).

At the beginning of the 20th century, Krste Misirkov's Za Makedonskite raboti (1903) [8027.d.52] raised the status of the Macedonian language to the level of a standard literary language based in the Prilep-Bitola dialect in which it was later codified. Kočo Racin's Beli murgi (White Dawns) (Beograd, 1963) [X.908/5296] and Kole Nedelkovski's Pesni (Skopje, 1946) [] were landmarks in the establishment of the Macedonian language. The writings of Mite Bogoevski belong to this period.

The Library holds the most important works of the post-war writers, poets and dramatists Aco Šopov, Blaže Koneski, Slavko Janevski (author of the first Macedonian novel, Selo zad sedumte jaseni (Skopje, 1952) [011306.f.11], Kole Čašule and others. The works of a new generation of talented Macedonian writers and poets are being acquired by the British Library, including writers such as Gane Todorovski, Mateja Matevski, Ante Popovski, Živko Čingo, Radovan Pavlovski, Vlada Uroševik, Petar T. Boškovski and Mihail Rendžov.

Since 1992, special attention has been paid to the issues of political transition, the Balkan crisis, Macedonian foreign relations (in particular with Serbia, Greece and Albania), and the status of Albanian minorities in the Republic of Macedonia.

Catalogues, printed guides and other resources

Macedonian material is listed in the printed volumes of the British Library General Catalogue of Printed Books to 1975 (for material acquired before 1975 only) and Explore the British Library, which is accessible via the Internet. Material acquired and catalogued prior to 1975 is in Cyrillic (with headings in transliteration); post-1975 material, however, is displayed in transliterated form, according to Library of Congress rules. For information on searching and transliteration, please see Searching for Cyrillic items in the catalogues of the British Library: guidelines and transliteration tables.

Catalogues and printed guides

  • The Balkan crisis, 1990-: catalogue [Part 1], compiled by Sava Peić and Magda Szkuta [2719.k.2515]
  • The Balkan crisis, 1990-: catalogue [Part 2], compiled by Sadie Morgan-Cheshire and Magda Szkuta [2719.k.2515]
  • Cyrillic books printed before 1701 in British and Irish collections: a union catalogue, compiled by R. Cleminson, C. Thomas, D. Radoslavova, A. Voznesenskij (London: The British Library, 2000) [HLR011.440947]
  • Church Slavonic entries from the British Library General Catalogue [prepared by Brad Sabin Hill] (London: The British Library, 1992) [2725.g.1675]
  • Walker, Gregory. Library resources in Britain for the study of Eastern Europe and the former U.S.S.R., compiled by Gregory Walker and Jackie Johnson (Wheatley: G.Walker, 1992) [revised edition in progress] [2719.k.1162]

Other resources

Macedonian material elsewhere in the British Library


Milan Grba, Lead Curator, South-East European Studies
European Studies
The British Library
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