||6 Mullen Library
620 Michigan Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20064
||Maria Angela Leal, Librarian;
Thomas Cohen, Curator
|Internet Catalog Address:
|Hours of Service:
||9:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m.
|Open to the public:
||Yes, appointment strongly encouraged
The Library is open to researchers and visitors. It is suggested
that researchers and visitors contact the Curator prior to their
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- Reference Policy:
- The Library provides telephone, mail, and on-site reference
service for researchers on Luso-Brazilian topics.
- Borrowing Privileges:
- All library materials must be used on site. Photocopies of
some works are available at the Curator's discretion.
- Washington Research Libraries Consortium, OCLC, RLIN, Capcon.
- Background Note:
- The Library was founded in 1916 by Brazilian historian, journalist,
and diplomat Manoel de Oliveira Lima (1867-1928). His original
collection of some 16,000 volumes has expanded to over 46,000
items--books, serials, other printed matter, and manuscripts.
The collection covers the history of the Portuguese-speaking world,
with a special emphasis on Brazilian history and culture. It is
widely regarded as the premier Luso-Brazilian collection in the
U.S., with many materials available nowhere else in the country.
- Books and monographs:
- 1700 to 3000 volumes, ranging from the 16th century to about
1930. The collection is strong in the religious history of the
Luso-Brazilian world and the history of Catholic missions in the
Portuguese empire, especially Brazil. There are substantial holdings
of rare printed books from the 16th through the 18th centuries,
including materials relating to Jesuit missions in China, India,
Ethiopia, and the Americas; works about the Inquisition in the
Portuguese empire; Protestant and anti-Jesuit controversial literature;
and sermons by Portuguese and Brazilian preachers (1520-1930).
Holdings from the 16th century to 1930 are listed both in
a card catalog and on OCLC.
- Periodicals and newspapers:
- About 20 current subscriptions, and about 2,500 titles (3,000
volumes) from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Subject emphases
mirror those of the book collection.
Holdings are listed in a card catalog and a printout.
- Archives, manuscripts, correspondence, and oral histories:
- About 2,000 items, with dates ranging from 1507 to 1930. Holdings
include a 1759 codex by José de Morais da Fonseca Pinto on the
history of the Jesuits in Maranhaõ and Parà states in Brazil;
a 17th- century codex on the Inquisition; letters of Brazilian
diplomat João Artur de Sousa Correia during his tenure as Minister
to the Holy See, ca. 1889; and letters of Luso-Brazilian courtier
and diplomat Alexandre de Gusmão (1695-1753) to various Brazilian
and Portuguese prelates.
Holdings are listed in "A Guide to the Manuscripts in the
Lima Library, the Catholic University of America, Washington,
D.C.," by Manoel S. Cardozo, Handbook of Latin American
Studies Vol. 6 (1940), pp. 471-504.
- 10 microfilms on Jesuits, missions, and colonial history.
- Other holdings not listed above:
- 4,000 pamphlets from Portugal and Brazil, encompassing the 19th
and 20th centuries. Topics include Jesuits, missions, and colonial
history. Currently, the collection is organized chronologically
for the 19th century and topically for the 20th century.
There is no finding guide, but the library is working on a
collection level catalog for these pamphlets.
Brazil--Religion; Inquisition; Jesuits; Missions and missionaries;
Cardozo, Manoel S. "A Guide to the Manuscripts in the Lima Library,
the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C." Handbook
of Latin American Studies Vol. 6 (1940): pp. 471-504.
Grow, Michael. Scholars' Guide to Washington D.C. for Latin
American and Caribbean Studies. 2nd ed. Washington, DC:
Woodrow Wilson Center Press; Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University
Holmes, Ruth V., comp. Bibliographical and Historical Description
of the Rarest Books in the Oliveira Lima Collection at the Catholic
University of America. Washington, DC: Catholic University
of America, 1926.
"Oliveira Lima Library" [Online]. Available HTTP. URL http://libraries.cua.edu/limacoll.html.
Oliveira Lima Library. Dictionary Catalog of the Oliveira
Lima Library, the Catholic University of America. Boston,
MA: G.K. Hall, 1970.