Guide to the Research Collections
The 2,000 volumes relating to the history of Portugal do not cover all periods with equal adequacy. Most of the larger standard historical works, related studies, and books of travel are in the holdings. Of particular supplementary importance is the set of reprints of the publications of the Academia das Ciências de Lisboa.
A distinctive feature of the collection is the presence of periodicals such as O archeólogo português
(1895-1920) and Revista portugueza colonial e marítima
(1897-1910), and recent publications such as Studia
(1958-) and the Luso-Brazilian Review
(1964-). Publications dealing with early maritime and colonial matters include the Boletim
(1925-) of the Agência Geral do Ultramar, among others. The publications of the Portuguese government agencies for their overseas possessions are well represented.
Public documents include an extensive group of diplomatic papers with separate imprints, the Diário do governo
from 1822, and many separately published decrees. Laws begin with compilations which extend back to 1446. In subject fields, statistics are held in strength.
In 1940 the library held an exhibition commemorating the eight-hundredth anniversary of the foundation of Portugal and the three-hundredth anniversary of the restoration of her independence. The catalog of this exhibition lists a number of the Portuguese rarities in the collections with emphasis on the Age of Discovery.28