Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies Collection Strengths - in Geographical Terms

World map in Ptolemy's Cosmographia. 1486. VAULT oversize Ayer 6 .P9 1486.
World map in Ptolemy's Cosmographia. 1486. VAULT oversize Ayer 6 .P9 1486.

The Newberry collection is rich in European printed and manuscript sources from the late Middle Ages to the 19th century. Italy, France, and England are best represented, but the holdings are also strong for Spain, Portugal, Germany, the Low Countries, and the Americas.

Below is a listing of strengths in geographical/language term. For a subject-based list, please refer to the Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies core collection page.

Early Modern Colonialism

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • The Caribbean
  • The Arctic
  • Central Asia
  • South Asia
  • The Philippines
  • Saharan Africa
  • Subsaharan Africa

Europe-wide/Latin

  • Classical languages and literature
  • Humanism and rhetoric
  • Church history, theology, canon law
  • Scripture
  • Liturgy
  • Cartography and travel

Britain/English

  • Grammars and dictionaries, including Welsh
  • Humanism and rhetoric
  • Literary criticism
  • Church history, theology, liturgy
  • Politics, especially pamphlets, broadsides, and prints
  • Eighteenth-century periodicals
  • Fiction, poetry, drama
  • Courtesy books, emblem books
  • Cartography and travel
  • Music

France/French

  • Grammars and dictionaries, including dialectology
  • Humanism and rhetoric
  • Church history, especially Calvinism and Jansenism
  • Theology, liturgy
  • Politics, esp. pamphlet literature
  • Eighteenth-century periodicals
  • Courtesy books, emblem books
  • Cartography and travel
  • Music

Italy/Italian

  • Grammars and dictionaries, including dialectology
  • Humanism and rhetoric
  • Church history, especially Counter Reformation and religious dissidents
  • Theology, canon law, liturgy
  • Cartography and travel
  • Music

Iberia/Spanish and Portuguese

  • Grammars and dictionaries, including dialectology, especially Basque
  • Printed and archival materials relating to imperial administration
  • Church history, liturgy
  • Cartography and travel
  • Music

German lands/German

  • Grammars and dictionaries, including dialectology
  • Humanism and rhetoric
  • Church history, theology, liturgy
  • Cartography and travel
  • Music

Dutch, etc.

  • Grammars and dictionaries, especially Frisian
  • Courtesy books, emblem books, pamphlets
  • Church history, theology
  • Cartography and travel
  • Music