The Library of Congress holds over 900 journal titles from and about Croatia. Formats include printed volumes, microfilm reels, and full-text digital titles available via subscription databases. Of the 900 titles, approximately 100 have current subscriptions such as Globus [Globe], the political weekly magazine with the highest circulation, and Ekonomski vjesnik [Economic herald], a journal from Osijek University; scientific journals such as Croatica Chemica Acta and Geofizika [Geophysics]; special industry titles such as Croatian Journal of Fisheries, Drvna Industrija [Wood industry], and Koža & obuća [Leather and footwear]; literary and language journals such as Hrvatski jezik [Croatian language] and Književna Rijeka [Literary Rijeka]; titles on history and cultural heritage such as Matica, the journal of Croatian heritage abroad, and Dubrovnik, from the Dubrovnik branch of Matica Hrvatska.
The historical journal holdings include some remarkable titles such as complete or near complete runs of the parliamentary proceedings for the Kingdom of Croatia, Dalmatia and Slavonija from 1861-1918, the interwar Kingdom of Yugoslavia from 1918-1941, and for the Yugoslav republic of Croatia, from the 1940s-1960s. Also from the interwar period is a complete run, except for the last issue, of Hrvatska revija [Croatian review], a prominent cultural journal published by Matica Hrvatska from 1928-1945. From the communist and post-communist era, the Library of Congress has all of Ekonomski pregled [Economic review] except for a few issues from the 1980s. Of particular interest are near complete runs of both the Yugoslav and international editions of the Marxist journal Praxis, which was censored under communist Yugoslavia. The Library also has its precursor Pogledi [Views] published by Društvo nastavnika sveučilišta, visokih škola i suradnika naučnih ustanova [The Society of Teachers of Universities, High Schools and Associates of Scientific Institutions].
Collection strengths include history, literature, political and cultural life of Croatia, economics, and law. The majority of the titles from Croatia are in Croatian, but some are in Serbian (Cyrillic), English, German, or Italian.
For the most current information about our journal holdings, it is best to consult the Library of Congress online catalog. Databases containing approximately 50 full-text journals and newspapers from Croatia are described in the section of this guide devoted to Onsite Only Electronic Resources.
Unbound issues of currently received journal titles are available in the European Reading Room, but most of the Croatian journal collection are bound volumes held in the general collections and may be requested in any general reading room.
The Croatian newspaper collection consists of approximately 100 titles on microfilm, in print or online. The oldest Croatian newspaper in the Library of Congress is a slim volume of issues of Ilirske narodne novine [Illyrian People’s News] from 1841-1843, published in Zagreb. The majority of the Croatian newspaper titles in the collection are from the 20th and 21st centuries, with only a handful from the 19th century, most of which are reprinted facsimiles. Holdings from the communist and post-communist eras are particularly strong, with many central Yugoslav titles, including long runs of several important dailies, such as long runs on microfilm of several important titles such as Vjesnik [News], Slobodna Dalmacija [Free Dalmatia], Privredni vjesnik [Economic news], and the Zagreb edition of Borba [Struggle]. The Library of Congress also holds a number of German-language newspapers from the interwar period and World War II, many from Zagreb (Agram) and the former German minority stronghold of Osijek (Esseg) in Slavonia, as well as several Italian newspapers from various cities in Dalmatia such as a long run of La Voce del Popolo [Voice of the people] from Rijeka (Fiume).
Today the Library maintains subscriptions to 11 current newspapers from Croatia, including specialty subject papers for literature, religion and sports. Examples of current subscriptions include Jutarnji list [Morning news] from Zagreb, Glas Slavonije [Voice of Slavonia] from Osijek, Glas Istre [Voice of Istria] from Rijeka, SN: Sportske novosti [Sports news] from Zagreb, and Glas koncila [Voice of the Council], published in Zagreb by the Catholic Church. A complete listing of the Library of Congress holdings entitled Croatian Newspapers at the Library of Congress shows titles, holdings, format and location of the materials. Library of Congress sources for digital newspapers are described in the newspaper guide and in the section of this guide devoted to Onsite Only Electronic Resources.
Preservation of newspapers and serials published on newsprint remains a top priority for the Library of Congress. For Croatian newspapers we no longer microfilm our holdings, rather we digitize them as the main method of preservation. Digitized titles are available onsite only via Stacks, the primary access system for rights-restricted digital content in the Library’s permanent collection.