The Forgotten Library

Image: Celestial Globe in the Library of the Escorial, the Palace of Phillip II of Spain

Here you will find links to many of the top digital resources for understanding Spanish Colonial America. All sources listed are public domain and are available to students, researchers, and lifelong learners.

Biblioteca Digital de Patrimonio Iberoamericano: With collections from Spain, Portugal, and several countries of Latin America, this digital library contains, maps, travel logs, journals, literature, histories, chronicles, as well as recordings, recipes, and thousands of images.

The World Digital Library: A cooperative effort between thousands of libraries around the globe, one of its many jewels is a complete digitized copy of the Florentine Codex, also known as La historia de las cosas de la Nueva España (originally Historia universal).

The Guaman Poma Website of the Det Kongelige Bibliotek: The Danish National Libary has digitized the manuscript and drawings of the Andean writer, Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala. Guaman Poma wrote a letter to Phillip III (Nueva corónica y buen gobierno), exposing Spanish corruption and advocating for Andean self rule.

Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies (FAMSI): A rich resource for students of Mayan cultures, as well as Nahuatl-speaking groups, Mixtecs and Zapotecs, FAMSI provides access to ancient texts and codices. In addition, it makes supplementary resources available for study and teaching, including maps of cultural areas, timelines, and guides to language learning. 

The Early Americas Digital Archive: The Early Americas Digital Archive (EADA) is a collection of electronic texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820. The EADA is open to the public for research and teaching purposes.