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

Manuscript Materials

Detroit Publishing Company. Peasant wagon, Bosnia. [between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900]. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Reading Room.

The materials of Bosnian interest in the Manuscript Reading Room of the Library of Congress are limited to those of American provenance such as the papers of U.S. diplomats and political figures. The most pertinent examples also relate to the Bosnian war in the 1990s, for instance, the papers of two U.S. journalists who covered the war - Anthony Lewis (1927-2013), from the New York Times, and Michael Getler (1935-2018), from the Washington Post and Public Broadcasting Service. Also of from a similar era are the papers of the U.S. Senator Daniel P. Moynihan, who was very active in the areas of foreign relations and human rights and who advocated for the U.S. government to take greater action to end the violence in Bosnia.

A number of the collections described below are of potential value for Bosnian research because of historical commonalities among all of the countries of former Yugoslavia, and researchers will find more germane content by looking for materials connected to Serbia and Yugoslavia, rather than to Bosnia alone. For example, the Manuscript Division holds larger historical collections covering the turbulent era of World War I and the preceding Balkan Wars such as the Woodrow Wilson Papers and the United States. American Commission to Negotiate Peace records, 1898-1919, which both have content under the rubric of Serbia, but elucidate the complex political situation and boundaries affecting the entire Balkan Peninsula of that time period.

Below are links to selected collections with content relevant to the study of Bosnia and Herzegovina or former Yugoslavia. Titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. For all collections researchers should contact the Manuscript Reading Room in advance of a research trip, because some collections below have access restrictions and others are stored off-site.

About the Manuscript Division

The Manuscript Division seeks to preserve personal papers and organizational records that document the course of America's national experience. Its more than twelve thousand collections and more than seventy million items touch upon every aspect of American history and culture. The Manuscript Division's holdings are strongest, however, in the areas of American national government, the federal judiciary, diplomacy, military history, women's history, and black history.