Library acquires a rare 1624 Mexican imprint: Primera parte del sermonario, dominical, y sanctoral, en lengua mexicana : contiene las Dominicas, que ay desde la Septuagesima, hasta la vltima de Penthecostes, platica para los que comulgan el iueues sancto, y Sermon de Passion, pasqua de Resurreccion, y del Espiritusanto, con tres sermosnes [sic] del sanctissimo sacrame[n]to / compuesto por el P. maestro Fr. Iuan de Miiangos, de la Oaden [sic] del glorioso Padre, y Doctor dela Iglesia. S. Augustin.

As the librarian for Latin American collections in the Doe Library, I find it rewarding to collaborate with my counterpart librarians in Bancroft Library. It is important for such collaborations to thrive so that our collections can continue to prosper and meet the needs of our users in future years. To this end, I was able to contribute some funding towards a purchase of a rare Mexican book that is entitled, “ Primera parte del sermonario, dominical, y sanctoral, en lengua mexicana : contiene las Dominicas, que ay desde la Septuagesima, hasta la vltima de Penthecostes, platica para los que comulgan el iueues sancto, y Sermon de Passion, pasqua de Resurreccion, y del Espiritusanto, con tres sermosnes [sic] del sanctissimo sacrame[n]to / compuesto por el P. maestro Fr. Iuan de Miiangos, de la Oaden [sic] del glorioso Padre, y Doctor dela Iglesia. S. Augustin.“. The book was published in 1624 in Mexico. The rare books are usually very expensive and pooling of resources is often helpful when it comes to purchasing such items. The book’s printer is Alcázar, Juan Blanco de, 1620-1657, and it will be made available to users in Bancroft Library.

The image below is of a book with the same title that is held by the JCB Library and it is from the Internet Archive. I was fortunate to take some pictures of Bancroft Library’s copy due to new wonderful changes in the new permissions policy at UC Berkeley. Thanks to Rachael, Michael and our colleagues in the Scholarly Communications office. Please click here to access some select photos of the item.

The book is in Nauhatl language. And its description is as follows:  [18], 564, [92] pages : portrait (woodcut) ; 20 cm (4to)
Note On title page, date of publication precedes bookseller statement. Collection of sermons for the church year, in Nahuatl.

A second part, promised in the introduction, was never completed; see Santiago Vela, G. Ensayo de una biblioteca ibero-americana de la Orden de San Agustin, volume 5, page 495.

Signatures: [[par.]]⁴ 2[par.]⁴ 3[par.]1 A-4N⁴.

Title vignette (portrait of St. Augustin, surrounded by a Latin verse beginning “Hoc opus Aurelio patri …”); image of a saint on title page verso; head- and tail-pieces; historiated initials.

Printed marginal notes.

“Tabla de los sirmones que contiene este libro”: page [565]; “Tabla de los lugares asi de la Sagrada escriptura [in Latin]”: pages [566-590]; “Tabla remissiva a otros Euangelios, assi de Dominicas, como de Santos [in Latin and Spanish]”: pages [591-639]; “Phrases, y modos de hablar elegantes y metaphoricos, de los Yndios mexicanos … [in Nahuatl]”: pages [639-652].

If one is inclined to see how the book looks like one can see the JCB Library’s digitized copy in the Internet Archive here.

And the UC Berkeley Library’s copy can be seen here.

For fair use purposes, as the book is in public domain, I am embedding the screenshot of the JCB’s copy that is posted through the Internet Archive.





Primary Sources: New additions to ProQuest Historical Newspapers

Our access to ProQuest Historical Newspapers now includes these titles:

Pittsburgh Courier, 1911-2002
Atlanta Daily World, 1931-2003
Norfolk Journal and Guide, 1916-2003

These are cross-searchable with the other historic Black newspapers we have acquired from ProQuest:

The Baltimore Afro-American, 1893-1988
Chicago Defender, 1909-1975
Los Angeles Sentinel, 1934-2005
New York Amsterdam News, 1922-1993

Our link to ProQuest Historical Newspapers provides access to 17 newspaper databases. To limit your search to specific titles, click on Databases in the menu bar, then uncheck the titles you don’t want to include in your search.

menu bar of search screen




You can also use the basic or advanced search to search all the newspaper databases, and then limit your search to specific titles using the Publication title facet that appears to the left of the results.

list of facets: Limit to full text, Publication date, Document type, Publication Title

If you have questions about how to use this resource, contact Jennifer Dorner at

Primary Sources: ProQuest Executive Branch Documents 1933-1942

The Library has added Part 2 (19333-1939) and Part 3 (1940-1942) to its acquisition of Executive Branch Documents, accessible through ProQuest Congressional. This resource contains documents produced by federal government departments, agencies, and commissions that were not included in the U.S. Serial Set.

Resource: PoliticoPro-California

The Library acquired PoliticoPro-California. Politico is a major news organization that has covered U.S. politics and government since 2007, and they have expanded their coverage to larger states like California. In additional to finding news articles about the state, the Datapoint and Documents modules contain current primary source information and info-graphics used in Politico’s reporting for California and the nation. These can be reused in papers, classes, or other research projects. Users can also sign up for customized news alerts and the ability to correspond with Politico’s news reporters.

Access Note: This database is currently unavailable for use through the proxy. For off campus access, please use the VPN.

Library acquires select issues of a rare Soviet era women’s (female) journal- Zhenskiĭ zhurnal(1926-1930)!

The Soviet Union was often portrayed for all sorts of reasons to be an evil empire by many politicians. While one one hand such comparisons escape the more complex nuanced picture that the Soviet Union and the “Soviet society” represented. The Soviet Union was portrayed as a laconic society that was deprived of civilities that the West cherished and possessed. The Soviet Union was considered on a certain level to be fashionless where most of the women did not have access to basic contraptions of cosmetics and female hygiene products. And that the commercials or the advertisements were prohibited. The fashion in the Soviet Union often emulated the West but with some delay. The picture that the Soviet Society cannot be described using single stereotypes that often are used for political reasons, instead the picture was more complex.

One cannot ignore the Soviet Union’s domestic policies such as rights to women’s reproductive health, right to vote, right to literacy and work along with their male counterparts were forward-looking within a restrictive ideological framework of the country. The ethnic female population of the Soviet Union that consisted of several different nationalities had equal rights like their European counterparts from the Baltics, Belarus, European Russia, and Ukraine.   Despite the ideological entrapment, there were levels of flexibilities that its citizens had with many limitations. And by no means, the Soviet Union was a paradise for the workers and peasants.

The Soviet Women’s journals have been indexed by my colleague Ms. Diana Greene who is librarian-emerita at the NYU. I am grateful to my colleagues Slavic Cataloguer Ms. Jean Dickinson for her quick work with cataloging and Ms. Elena Zaslavsky for her quick processing of these wonderful artifacts of the past through our order division.

I am glad to report that we were able to acquire this rare journal for UC Berkeley’s Library. The journal is cataloged and the record can be found here. Since my arrival at UC Berkeley in 2012, I have focused on building the Soviet Women related collection at the library. Please see the images of these journals by clicking on the icon below or here. Please note that the Soviet Union’s printing technologies of the thirties had several limitations and the Soviets did not have the advantage of the Photoshop and the other technologies of the sort. Nevertheless, Zhenskiĭ zhurnal / Женский журнал represents one small step towards expressing the constrained ideals of Soviet Women under the watchful eye of the Stalinist repressive tactics. And one can only wonder about the staged photos and stylized graphics of this journal.





Primary Sources: Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels

The Library has recently acquired an online archive of Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels, described on the publisher’s website as the “first-ever scholarly online collection for researchers and students of adult comic books and graphic novels. This multi-part resource covers the full spectrum of this visual art form, from pre-comics code era works to modern sequential releases from artists the world over.

“From the shocking and explicit work of young artists exploring newfound freedoms to intricate and beautiful designs of aesthetic craftsmanship, the comic book has shown itself to be a medium capable of both the offensive and the sublime. Now users can experience the full range of this offbeat art form by exploring 200,000 pages of original material alongside interviews, commentary, criticism, and other supporting materials.”

Primary Sources: Indian Army and Colonial Warfare on the Frontiers of India, 1914-1920

First page of war diaryThe Library has recently acquired Indian Army and Colonial Warfare on the Frontiers of India, 1914-1920, part of the India Office Records held by the British Library (IOR/L/MIL/17/5/4115).

For generations of British and Indian Officers and men, the North-West Frontier was the scene of repeated skirmishes and major campaigns against the trans-border Pathan tribes who inhabited the mountainous no-man’s land between India and Afghanistan. This collection contains Army Lists; Orders; Instructions; Regulations; Acts; Manuals; Strength Returns; Orders of Battle; Administration Summaries; organization, commissions, committees, reports, maneuvers; departments of the Indian Army; and regimental narratives.

Resource: ASEAN Digital Library

Asean Digital Library logoASEAN Digital Library serves as a portal to the digitized resources of National Libraries in the ASEAN region. It includes books, papers and manuscripts, maps, photographs, artworks, audio and video recordings, ephemera, and newspapers that focus on the ASEAN region. Currently, the participants are the National Libraries of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Keyword searches in the resource can be filtered by country, type, and language. It is also possible to browse the content by country.

Primary Sources: Indian Claims Insight

map of reservationThe Library now has access to ProQuest Indian Claims Insight, which provides researchers with the opportunity to understand and analyze Native American migration and resettlement throughout U.S. history, as well as U.S. Government Indian removal policies and subsequent actions to address Native American claims against the U.S. Government. The collection includes the decisions, transcripts, docket books, and journals of the Indian Claims Commission (a judicial panel for relations between the U.S. Government and Native American tribes), and related statutes, maps and congressional publications.

Primary Sources: Sabin Americana, 1500-1926

cover of book:Sabin Americana, 1500-1926, is a digital collection of the titles included in Joseph Sabin’s bibliography: Bibliotheca Americana: A Dictionary of Books Relating to America from Its Discovery to  the Present Time. It contains more than 65,000 works of different types — sermons, political tracts, newspapers, books, pamphlets, maps, legislation, and literature — from North, Central, and South America, and the West Indies.

Topics covered include:

  • Discovery and exploration of the Americas — accounts from British, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, and Danish explorers and adventurers
  • Colonization — features both American and European views and firsthand accounts of colonial life
  • Slavery — memoirs, original speeches, lectures, sermons, discourses, reports to legislatures across America, pamphlets, books, and international essays
  • Cities and states — the social and political evolution of America’s major cities and states
  • Civil War — a wide array of memoirs, political tracts, published legislative proceedings, and broadsides
  • Reconstruction — records that describe the reorganization and re-establishment of the seceded states in the Union after the Civil War
  • American women — education, civil rights, domestic life, and employment
  • Native Americans — essays, booklets, treaties, land tracts, congressional speeches, journals, and letters that document social attitudes and personal experiences
  • Immigration — pamphlets, broadsides, speeches, articles, and books
  • Constitution — pamphlets, letters, speeches, and essays provide detailed information about the early political organization of the American colonies