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Bosnia & Herzegovina and the Bosnian Collections in the Library of Congress

Special Collections

Image of Bosnian election ephemera
Bosnian election ephemera from 2014. Library of Congress European Reading Room. View full bibliographic information about this item in the Library of Congress Online Catalog

Materials from and about Bosnia and Herzegovina appear throughout the collections and divisions of the Library of Congress, including in the many special format and subject collections. In this guide we attempt to give a brief overview of the kinds of materials related to Bosnia found in these special collections. All inquiries about special collections materials should be directed to the specific reading rooms referenced on each page of the guide, because this guide is not comprehensive.

Although the Library of Congress Online Catalog is the first place to look for special collections materials, many additional materials can be found with the assistance of reference staff in the reading rooms. For example, the Geography and Maps Reading Room, holds many individually cataloged maps, but also 40 maps for Bosnia cataloged at the collection level and others filed under the topics of Yugoslavia, Austro-Hungary, or Turkey in Europe. A similar situation exists for broad collections of images which may contain Bosnian content in the Prints and Photographs Reading Room.

Some special collections reading rooms need to be consulted not because their materials have indirect bibliographic access, but rather because their materials can be served to researchers only in their reading rooms, such as Bosnian films in the Moving Image Resource Center or music recordings in the Recorded Sound Research Center or the American Folklife Center.

Also included in the section for special collections is a description of various Bosnian materials in the custody of the European Reading Room, either in its reference collection for Bosnia and Herzegovina or as part of its special collections.