Special collections

The special collections of the Pompeu Fabra University Library/CRAI are bibliographic collections that, due to their origin or subject, have a number of distinctive features that make them unique. Some of these collections provide access to primary resources, which are the basis of research and are mainly intended for researchers. These collections are, on the whole, a source for the dissemination of history and culture.

Some collections have restricted access. If you would like to consult any of them, please contact us so that we can deal with your request in the best possible way.

 

 

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INPUT Archive

Audiovisual Collection | Television

Collection held in deposit for INPUT, a non-profit organization of public television programme makers and broadcasters

The collection consists of the television programmes screened at the INPUT annual conference and documents associated with the conferences’ organization. INPUT selects the screened programmes for their innovative value, courage in addressing difficult topics or willingness to explore uncharted territory in television.

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Gianni Vattimo personal archive

Personal collection | Philosophy and religion

On loan from Gianni Vattimo (Turin, Italy, 1936- )
Italian philosopher and politician

The Gianni Vattimo archive includes the Italian philosopher’s personal documents, in large part the fruit of his academic work as a teacher, researcher and manager. It also includes documents related to his political activity and personal documents.

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DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) collection

Bibliographic collection | Language and literature

On loan from Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, a German academic exchange service 

Collection of books sent annually to UPF’s German teaching staff to support their teaching work outside Germany, consisting mainly of literary works, graphic novels and dictionaries.

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Jaume Vicens i Vives Institute of History Library  

Bibliographic collection | History and geography

Partially donated by Josep Fontana i Lázaro (1931-2018)
Historian, bibliophile and publisher

Further expanded by UPF

Collection of works on a variety of subjects, including modern and contemporary history (of Catalonia, Spain and Europe), economic history, economics, literature, philosophy, etc. 

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Dante collection

Bibliographic collection | Language and literature

Donated by the Alòs-Moner siblings

Collection of works compiled by the scholar Ramon d'Alòs-Moner i de Dou (1885-1939), a librarian and historian of culture, including editions of Dante’s works and studies on the poet in various languages (Spanish, Catalan, French, Italian, German, Danish, Japanese, Russian, etc.).

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Fèlix Martí Ambel religious documents collection

Bibliographic collection | Philosophy and religion

Donated by Fèlix Martí Ambel (1938- )
Lecturer and founder of the UNESCO Centre of Catalonia

Collection of manuscripts and liturgical or religious-themed books in various languages (Pali, Hindi, Arabic, Ge’ez, Burmese, Ukrainian and Russian) on different media. 

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Jaume Balmes Institute Collection (Barcelona)

Bibliographic collection | Philosophy and religion | History and geography | Language and literature

Donated by the Jaume Balmes Institute

Historical collection from the Library of the Jaume Balmes Institute, created in 1862. This mainly contains documents on language and classical and Romance literature, philosophy, history and theology, from the 15th to the 20th century.

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Barcelona Chamber of Commerce collection

Bibliographic collection | Economy

On loan from the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce

Collection of works on the Spanish economy of the late 19th and early 20th century and, to a lesser extent, international economics. The pamphlet collection is digitized. 

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Oriental studies collection 

Bibliographic collection | Language and literature | History and geography

Multidisciplinary collection of works on the region spanning from Pakistan to Japan. The works on China, the works on Tibet (donated by the Aynó-Sabater family), and the Nicolai R. Welsh donation are of particular note.

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Haas collection

Bibliographic collection | Philosophy and religion

Donated by Alois M. Haas (1934- )
Germanist and scholar of German and Hispanic mysticism and the history of religion

Collection of works on theology, religious studies, philosophy, philology and art. The set of 16th- and 17th-century printed works are of particular note due to their bibliographic value, as are the 17th- and 18th-century works related to the religious process of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. 

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Pompeu Fabra collection

Bibliographic collection | Language and literature

Industrial engineer and linguist (1868-1948) 

Comprehensive collection of works by and about Pompeu Fabra compiled by the library. It includes, amongst others: biographies, comics, interviews, letters, exhibitions, picture books, poetry and collections of writings. The collection is constantly being expanded with the latest works. 

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Correspondence of Ceferino Ferret 

Personal collection | History and geography

Donated by Josep Fontana i Lázaro (1931-2018)
Historian, bibliophile and publisher

Collection of letters addressed to Ceferino Ferret (1768-1832), jurist and auditor of the province and naval regiment of Barcelona. The collection includes the letters received both from family and friends and in relation to his professional activity.

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Torelló Family collection

Corporate collection | History and geography

From the Torelló family of Igualada

Collection from the Combelles family of Sanaüja and the Torelló family of Igualada. This extensive collection reflects the personalities and activities of the various members of the families that generated or accumulated it. The oldest works – copies of notarial deeds – date from the 17th century. From the mid-18th century onwards, the documents become more diversified, and over the period spanning from 1800 to 1930, the collection grew to a considerable size. Good examples include an 18th-century accounting ledger kept by parishioners and accounting documents related to the management of farms.

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Ancient legal literature collection

Bibliographic collection | Law

Donated by Josep M. Pons i Guri (1909-2005)
Jurist and historian

Digitized collection consisting of the 19 volumes of the ancient legal literature collection. It includes various works on Roman law, ecclesiastic law and Catalan law, such as the Usatges, as well as works by ancient Catalan jurists, such as Jaume Callís.

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Carles Cardó manuscript collection

Personal collection | Philosophy and religion

Donated by Assumpció Vidal (widow of George J.G. Cheyne, British writer and Hispanist) 

Document collection including the correspondence between the clergyman and writer Carles Cardó i Sanjoan (1884-1958) and Joan Francesc Vidal Jové. It also contains, amongst other documents, unpublished poems by Carles Cardó and his commentary on the work Histoire spirituelle des Espagnes.

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Jaume Vicens i Vives manuscript collection

Personal collection | History and geography

Donated by Josep Fontana i Lázaro (1931-2018)

Historian, bibliophile and publisher

Collection of unpublished manuscripts and typewritten texts by the historian Jaume Vicens i Vives (1910-1960) from the Instituto Gallach de Librería y Ediciones archive, correspondence addressed to Josep Fontana and photocopies of the records from Vicens i Vives’s purging under Franco.

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Collection from the reigns of Ferdinand VI, Charles III and Charles IV

Bibliographic collection | History and geography

Documents from the Joan Crexell collection and Josep Fontana i Lázaro donation

Digitized collection consisting of 549 pamphlets published or written between 1750 and 1814, during the reigns of Ferdinand VI, Charles III and Charles IV.  They include legal, administrative, political and propagandistic writings that document the period spanning from the War of Spanish Succession to the Peninsular War or Guerra de la Independencia.

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Also accessible through the portal Crònica: fullets històrics en el mapa, which allows users to search for historical pamphlets by year and place of authorship/publication using an interactive map.


Collection from the reigns of Ferdinand VII and Isabella II (1814-1868)

Bibliographic collection | History and geography

Documents from the Joan Crexell collection, the Josep Fontana i Lázaro donation and the Nadal-Caparà Family donation

Digitized collection consisting of 700 pamphlets published during the reigns of Ferdinand VII and Isabella II. They include legal, administrative, political and propagandistic writings published during the two monarchs’ respective reigns (1814-1868). 

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Also accessible through the portal Crònica: fullets històrics en el mapa, which allows users to search for historical pamphlets by year and place of authorship/publication using an interactive map.


Collection from the Habsburg reigns

Bibliographic collection | History and geography

Documents from the Joan Crexell collection and Josep Fontana i Lázaro donation

Digitized collection consisting of 164 documents published during the reigns of the Habsburg dynasty kings (between 1500 and 1680). They include legal, administrative, political and propagandistic writings. 

Access

Also accessible through the portal Crònica: fullets històrics en el mapa, which allows users to search for historical pamphlets by year and place of authorship/publication using an interactive map.


Hijo de Ramón Alonso Ramos shipping company document collection

Corporate collection | History and geography

Donated by the heirs of the Hijo de Ramón Alonso Ramos shipping company

Collection of documents from the Hijo de Ramón Alonso Ramos shipping company, founded in 1845 by Ramón Alonso Ramos Charcos in Ribadeo. Most of the documents date from between 1936 and 1959.

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Jaume Guillamet journalism collection

Personal collection | Journalism

Donated by Jaume Guillamet i Lloveras (1950- )
Journalist and historian

Journalism collection of Professor Jaume Guillamet i Lloveras including his published articles from 1968 to 2017. The collection consists of several genres of articles on a variety of topics, offering a view of the political and cultural history of Catalonia during this period. 

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Collection of Tomasa Cuevas interviews with women who fought against the Franco regime

Personal collection | History and geography

Donated by Miguel Núñez (1920-2008)
Communist politician

Interviews conducted by Tomasa Cuevas Gutiérrez (1917-2007), a communist activist, with women she met at various Spanish prisons during the Franco regime, as well as women who fought against it.

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Barcelona Chamber of Commerce pamphlet collection

Bibliographic collection | Economy

On loan from the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce

Digitized collection of pamphlets from the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce collection consisting of 1,300 pamphlets on the Spanish economy of the late 19th and early 20th century. This collection is part of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce collection.

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Peninsular War (1808-1814) collection

Bibliographic collection | History and geography

Documents from the Joan Crexell collection, Josep Fontana i Lázaro donation and Nadal-Caparà Family donation

Digitized collection consisting of 700 pamphlets, most of which are legal, administrative, political or propagandistic writings from the Peninsular War or Guerra de la Independencia

Access

Also accessible through the portal Crònica: fullets històrics en el mapa, which allows users to search for historical pamphlets by year and place of authorship/publication using an interactive map.


War of Spanish Succession (1680-1750) collection

Bibliographic collection | History and geography

Documents from the Joan Crexell collection and Josep Fontana i Lázaro donation

Digitized collection consisting of 421 documents published or written between the years 1680 and 1750, most of which are legal, administrative, political or propagandistic writings documenting the period of the War of Spanish Succession and the subsequent repression. 

Access

Also accessible through the portal Crònica: fullets històrics en el mapa, which allows users to search for historical pamphlets by year and place of authorship/publication using an interactive map.