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Catalog and Finding Aids
There is no single catalog of the Hispanic collections in the Library of
Congress. The Hispanic Division was realigned in 1944 to concentrate on acquisitions
and reference activities. Custodial ownership of the Hispanic collections
we then held was assigned to a variety of other divisions within the Library
of Congress. In other words, we now provide a guide to the reader in search
of material throughout the Library of Congress' collections through a variety
of different tools.
The main tool for identifying materials in the Library is the Online
Catalog of the Library. The Library of Congress also provides a means
of searching the collections of other library catalogs through the Gateway
to Library Catalogs. In addition to this, our librarians have a wide
variety of tools, both online and in book form that can be used in the
Library of Congress to locate a variety of material that may be available
throughout the world. For example, the existence of articles relating
to Latin American subjects can be found utilizing the Handbook
of Latin American Studies. Once the citation is found, it may have
a Library of Congress Call Number allowing one to request the printed source.
Additionally, the Handbook may also provide a link to recent online full-length
items. Otherwise, the Handbook will provide you with the title of the journal
which can be searched in the Online Catalog.
Law material should not be overlooked. Because of the unique
situation as the Congressional library of the United States, the Law
Library maintains its book and manuscript collections apart from the
rest of the Library. This includes constitutional histories, official gazettes
of various countries (one should remember that in many cases the gazette
was the first newspaper in a particular country), and other legal publications.
They have a separate card catalog that differs from the Online
Manuscripts, in most cases, are kept in the Manuscript
Reading Room. Many are listed in the Online Catalog or in their Online
Finding Aids. The Hispanic Division has an extensive unpublished listing
of Latin American and Spanish manuscripts in the Manuscript Reading Room.
Music, Theater and Dance are found in the collections of
the Performing Arts Reading Room. They
provide a listing of Finding
Aids, Bibliographies and Guides.
Newspapers and Current Periodicals can be found in the Newspaper
and Current Periodical Reading Room. They provide a page of Search
Tools to help ascertain what materials they have and what you can use
to search elsewhere. The Handbook of Latin American Studies provides a
page of the periodicals they review under their Journal
Abbreviations. Titles for periodical publications are found through
searching the Online Catalog. Country
specific online newspapers, radio, and even some television links may be
found through the Media and Communications section of each country in the Portals
to the World for Iberia,the Caribbean, and Latin American countries.
Photographs and other illustrative material may be found
in the Prints and Photograph
Division's Online Catalog, otherwise you may have to search the files
located in the Prints and Photographs Reading
Room, or search through relevant books. The bibliographic record of each
book indicates whether it has illustrative material (by the term ill. or illus. in
the collation statement ). There is no indexing of the individual
illustrations in a given book other than what the book itself may provide.
Sound files are located in the Library in the Recorded
Sound Section's SONIC database
and/or (you should check them both) the Online
Catalog limiting material to the type: "Non-music Sound Recording." In
addition, the Hispanic Division has the Archive of
Hispanic Literature on Tape available for researcher to listen to in
the Hispanic Reading Room.