The aim of this resource is to provide an extensive list of archives and libraries relevant to the diverse interests encompassed by H-Portugal.
The list is organised according to the locations of the libraries and archives. Links to websites are given and there is a brief discussion of lesser known entities .
To recommend a library or archive please write to the H-Portugal editors: editorial-Portugal@mail.h-net.msu.edu
ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES INDEX
This list only has some of the most importart libraries in the country. Note that from Porbase, a collective catalog of Portuguese Libraries, it possible to access the catalogues of the nacional library and of 180 other institutions.
The Academia das Ciências de Lisboa conserves one of the country's most important libraries. Over the course of the eighteenth century it formed an important collection of printed and manuscript works, which has since been subsequently enhanced with the addition of other libraries and collections such as that of the Franciscan Convento de Jesus.
The Arquivo dos Diários, managed as a non-profit entity, is devoted to conserving autobiographical accounts in newspapers, letters or any other format that records the lives of men and women.
Former archive from BAHOP, Biblioteca e Arquivo Histórico do Ministério das Obras Publicas, Transportes e Comunicações
Includes former library from BAHOP, Biblioteca e Arquivo Histórico do Ministério das Obras Publicas, Transportes e Comunicações
Bibliographical and archival holdings of the Ministério da Economia amd related organisations.
Archive of the Portuguese army, dating back to 1640.
The Arquivo Nacional da Torre do Tombo (ANTT) is a central state archive that conserves orignal documents dating back from the 11th century to the contemporary period.
The Arquivo Histórico Ultramarino conserves a wealth of textual and visual sources relatred to Portugal's international relations from the seventeenth century up until 1975.
CCCM is a centre for inter- and multidisciplinary research on China and Portugal/Europe – China/East Asia Relations in the past and present. It holds the most complete and specialized Library on China in Portugal, and a documental repository on Macau in the past and the present.
The society's library was founded in 1876, and conserves around 66,000 works, a range of journals and some 6,000 manuscript documents.
The Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa conserves holdings dating from the thirteenth century to the present day.
Contains the Biblioteca Brasiliana Guita e José Mindlin
A collection formed by the José Mindlin and his wife Guita containing over 32 thousand titles.
Athaide Municipal Library, Mapusa
Athaide Municipal Library is located in the Mapusa Municipal Council building. It was established on 12th November 1883. It as a total collection of 25129 books, 20 daily Newspaper and 50 Periodicals.
Goa Central Library, Panaji
The State Central Library is the oldest Public Library in India. It was established on 15th September 1832 by Vice Roy Dom Manuel de Portugal e Castro as ‘Publica Livraria.’ The collection of pre-liberation period consists mainly of Books and Journals in Portuguese, French, Latin, English and very few books in local language like Konkani and Marathi. The total pre-liberation collection was about 40,000 volumes.
Xavier Centre of Historical Research, Alto Porvorim
The Research Library houses a substantial collection of published and unpublished research material in English, Portuguese and other languages. The Xavier Centre of Historical Research was established in 1977 by the Society of Jesus (Province of Goa) and in 1993 it became a recognised affiliate of Goa University, for coordination of research and academic activity.
It contains source material relating to the history of European expansion in Asia & Africa especially the rise and decline of the Portuguese sea-borne empire of India (1510-1961).
Goa Historical Archives (via e-corpus.org)
Biblioteca Pública de Macau or Macau Public Library has several affiliated libraries: Macao Central Library, Sir Robert Ho tung Librbary, Taipa and Coloane libraries, among others. See: https://www.library.gov.mo/en/branch-libraries/public-library
It contains over 50,000 processos, 70,000 imagens, and over 10,000 volumes of books and other publications. It's holdings date back to 1630.
Arquivo Histórico de Moçambique, Maputo
Its holdings comprise a number of archives as well as a bibliographical collection devoted tothe history of Mozambique.
"ALMA MATER is the Digital Library of the University of Coimbra’s Old Document Collection, consisting of a vast collection of works, mostly published before 1940. It includes the rich bibliographic and documental heritage of the libraries of the various faculties, such as the Faculty of Law, Faculty of Letters, Department of Botany (Faculty of Sciences and Technology) and the General Library.
This digital library contains ancient books, manuscripts, letters, photographs, drawings, etc as well as parts of the collections of authors that studied at the University of Coimbra and of others that passed through and left here the fruits of their intellectual labour."
Digital library of Instituto Camões. It has several old editions - books and periodicals - from Instituto Camões, Comissão Nacional para as Comemorações dos Descobrimentos Portugueses, Expo'98, among others.
The Hemeroteca Digital, is a project of the Hemeroteca Municipal de Lisboa (HML), and it aims to provide a digital library of newspapers and periodicals in the public domain.
"IMPACTVM is a digital library of academic articles and periodicals that aims to promote the knowledge produced in Portuguese-speaking countries, and boosts the editorial status of the titles referenced. Although it is based at the University of Coimbra, it is open to collaboration with the best journals throughout the Portuguese-speaking world."
The Memórias de África e do Oriente portal is a digital library and archive project set up by the Fundação Portugal-África, which has been delivered by the Universidade de Aveiro and the Centro de Estudos sobre África e do Desenvolvimento since 1997.
See above; 3.000 titles are available online as open access.
The Repositório da Universidade Nova de Lisboa aims to catalogue, conservea nd provides access to the University's academic publications. Note that all portuguese universities have similiar repositories.
It has more c. 30.354 ebooks and digitalized texts in portuguese.