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Early Printed Books on Religion from Colonial Spanish America (1543/4 - c.1800)
Holdings of the British Library
Printing in colonial Spanish America began early. During the colonial period, the publishing output in Spanish America was dominated by doctrinal and devotional works, confessionals, hymnals and saints’ lives. The British Library collection comprises more than 400 works from this period, the majority of which are from Mexico and Peru. Other copies of the original editions exist only in rare book libraries, which makes this collection hard to parallel in any other library in the world. This important resource is now available to scholars with interests in Spain, Spanish colonial history, Latin America, religion, and church history. The edition will also appeal to those who study or collect sources in Native American languages.

This collection is also included in the Early Printed Books on Religion from Colonial Spanish America (1543/4 - c.1800) collection.
Herbarium A. Michaux (1746-1803)
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris

The North American herbarium, mainly collected by Michaux himself, is in Paris, kept separately as an herbier historique,/i> and consists of 2,192 species. This type herbarium contains the Flora boreali-americana. On his return form North America in 1769, Michaux was shipwrecked on the Dutch coast, causing part of his collection to be lost.

2,192 species
Herbarium F.W.H.A. von Humboldt, A.J.A. Bonpland and C.S. Kunth
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Laboratoire de Phanérogamie, Paris

Rich type herbarium for Central and South American plants as described in the Nova genera et species.
Herbarium H. Ruiz Lopez (1754-1815) and J.A. Pavon y Jiménez (1754-1844)
Jardin Botánico, Madrid

Ruiz and Pavon's expedition to Chile and Peru lasted for eleven years. All of the original members remained with the expedition for the entire period, except for the illustrator, who died in 1787. The expedition left Spain in 1777, arrived at Callao (in Peru) in April 1778 and finally returned to Spain in 1788. The botanists who accompanied the expedition travelled by foot throughout vast areas of Chile and Peru. They worked in the open countryside, making observations of living plants growing in the wild.
Herbarium M. de Sessé y Lacasta (1751-1808) and J.M. Moçiño (1757-1820)
Jardin Botánico, Madrid

The Royal Botanical Expedition to New Spain (1787-1803), known to many botanists as the 'Sessé and Moçiño expedition' was a major undertaking. However, an entire century passed before this exhibition was finally to bear fruit, in the form of two lengthy floristic works: Plantae Novae Hispaniae and the Flora Mexicana. Although these works include details of the plants and animals which were studied, collected, illustrated and described by various members of the expedition, they unfortunately omit crucial details such as time of year and exact location. The approximately 8,000 herbarium specimens collected in America by Sessé and Moçiño remained in storage until 1935. It was not until the 20th century that research workers first attempted to identify as many of Sessé and Moçiño's specimens as possible, by comparison with the descriptions in Plantae Novae Hispaniae and Flora Mexicana.
Human Rights Documents
Supplements 1980-2004

The collection is updated regularly. Typically, an update includes both supplemented and new titles. A detailed IDC guide, providing easy access to the microfiche collection, comes with every supplement and is cumulated regularly.
The material is organized into seven main sections:
• General
• Africa
• Asia
• Europe
• Middle East
• North America
• Latin America and the Caribbean

Human Rights Internet receives 30% of the revenues of this microfiche publication.
Hymns of Spiritual and Social Revival in the Early United States
Books and Music from the Nutter-Metcalf Hymnological Collection

Historical context
This careful selection from the Nutter-Metcalf Hymnological Collection at the Boston University School of Theology Library reflects the enormous changes that were taking place during the formative years of the United States, that is, in late eighteenth and throughout the nineteenth century. The age was to witness the rapid development of urban centers and industry, along with all the consequent social benefits and ills: the Temperance Movement, the abolition of slavery, the Civil War, the growth of literacy, and improved education and technological advances that would make written materials much more widely available than before. Early in the nineteenth century, Protestant churches in the northeast were to experience the Second Great Awakening. Both "back east" and on the rapidly expanding frontiers of the Old West and the Southwest, burgeoning populations would see the rise of camp meetings, religious revivals, and new initiatives for foreign missions and education, including the establishment of the American Bible Society, American Tract Society, American Board of Foreign Missions, Sunday School Union, and YMCA.

The role of hymns
A great number of hymns and tunes were composed because of, and in their turn contributed to, the enthusiasm of this age. Works for congregational singing were both more numerous and available farther afield by the mid-nineteenth century than ever before. Also, thanks to the efforts of composers, compilers, and publishers, participation in and expectations for such hymn-singing were rising. By the second half of the century, thousands of original hymns and tunes had become mainstays of congregational worship in North America. Significantly, this repertoire came to include items for specific audiences, such as children and youths, soldiers and sailors, and abolitionists. Patriotic and even nationalistic or secular "hymns" became common in increasingly ecumenical, compendious, and widely-marketed collections.

The collectors
The Nutter-Metcalf collection is an amalgamation of hymnological works donated separately by two alumni of Boston University. Charles Sumner Nutter (1842-1928) graduated in 1871, the year in which the Boston Theological School merged with the University. Nutter, a Methodist minister, collected hymnals and wrote both hymns and authoritative books on hymnology. He was Librarian of the New England Methodist Historical Society from 1915 until his death. In 1913, he was appointed Lecturer on Hymnology and Church Music at Boston University School of Theology, and presented his "hymnic library" to the school. The other Boston University alumnus, Frank Johnson Metcalf (1865-1945), gradated in 1886 and went on to work in the U.S. War Office. He, too, collected hymn books and wrote valuable books on hymnology. Metcalf was an avid historian and a member of the American Historical Association. He collaborated on An Index of Revolutionary War Pension Applications, and made contributions to the study of local history in Massachusetts.

Scope of the collection
The core of the Nutter-Metcalf collection is composed of hymnody of the First and Second Great Awakenings, and of subsequent, nineteenth-century revivals in the United States. The holdings comprise some 2,500 items from the period 1566-1940, including psalm and hymn books, sacred poetry, religious biography, histories of hymnology, a sampling of reference works, and accounts of particular hymns, denominational or other compilations, and hymn writers. The collection represents a broad array of Christian communities, and is particularly rich in Methodist holdings. The books chart the evolution of the modern, Protestant English hymn - from translations of the Psalter to Watts's lively paraphrases, from the Wesleys' vigorous works to the flowering of hymnody during the Evangelical Revival and the First and Second Great Awakenings, and Victorian retrospection and enthusiasm. Many of Nutter's books bear their owner's valuable inscriptions concerning individual hymns, stanzas, authors, and composers.

The books selected for this project begin chronologically with late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth-century collections of the Second Great Awakening, which moved beyond the influential works of Watts, the Wesleys, and their successors to adopt words and tunes by new authors and composers. These are followed by camp-meeting compilations, school songbooks, temperance hymnals and other gatherings of revival and patriotic music, and gospel hymns, up to and beyond the Civil War.
However, also included are many works falling outside these parameters, which nonetheless increase the scope of our selection and provide a fair picture of the Nutter-Metcalf collection, as well as a few books from Boston University School of Theology Special Collections. Thus, on the one hand, we have chosen notable treasures showing the transition from early British to American, and from psalmodic to hymnodic, practice. On the other hand, we have gathered productions of a traditionalist bent, such as hymn books inspired by the Oxford Movement, collections seminal to new denominations and sects, and a few later nineteenth-century revivalistic compilations.
In contrast, poetic and other anthologies have largely been omitted - unless they are deeply significant - as have scholarly discussions, unless they are short and unique, or biographical. A few books that are atypical of the world represented here have been included (e.g. vernacular, congregational Catholic hymn books), so as to suggest the collection's fuller contours and limits.

Local connection
The Nutter-Metcalf collection notably contains many books produced in New England by such well-known publishers as Isaiah Thomas. These oblong songsters preserve early hymns and tunes (the latter often in several voices) of many British and American authors and composers. Many are prefaced by materials that provide musical instruction and directions for congregational singing, affording a yet wider perspective on the devotional world of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Several of these, and other items in the selection, are titles occurring in Early American Imprints. Pertinent pre-1820 musical publications have been submitted to the RISM project ( Répertoire Internationale des Sources Musicales) at Harvard University.

The project
This selection of works from the Nutter-Metcalf Hymnological Collection represents a retrospective cataloging and preservation project conducted in the period 1997-2000. The aim was to provide our online library database with Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR2r) and Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Books (DCRB)-compliant, Library of Congress Machine-Readable Catalog (MARC) bibliographic descriptions at as full a level as possible for each work described. The aim was also to offer richness in subjects, uniform titles, and other access points, particularly in name headings (for authors, composers, printers, stereotypers, engravers, and others), which were to be Library of Congress Name Authorities Cooperative (NACO)-authorized wherever feasible. The success of the project has afforded scholars the opportunity to obtain deeper levels of information, by means of which significant variations between editions of a given work might be perceived at the initial stages of research. It has also more fully exploited the potential of online catalogs as research tools (i.e. as a means of performing sophisticated electronic searches) than has oftentimes been the case.
The Nutter-Metcalf Hymnological Collection project was generously funded by the Lilly Endowment, and academically approved by Boston University School of Theology and the Trustees of Boston University. We gratefully acknowledge our debt to them, and, in addition, give sincere thanks to the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, and to the staff of IDC for their encouragement and assistance.

Raymond Van De Moortell, Boston University, School of Theology Library; Brian Frykenberg, James Ford Bell Library; and Dawn Piscitello, Boston University, School of Theology Library
IFDA, the Third System Project Papers
Building blocks for alternative development strategies

Complete set of International Foundation for Development Alternatives (IFDA) Dossiers from January 1978 to August 1987 and a set of 347 supporting and background papers discussing new international development strategies and international cooperation.
Latin American Anarchist and Labour Periodicals (c.1880-1940)
From the International Institute of Social History (IISH), Amsterdam
Collection of Latin American anarchist and labour periodicals. The bulk of the material (collected by the Austrian anarchist and historian Max Nettlau) covers the formative anarchist and anarcho-syndicalist period in the history of Latin American labour movements (1890-1920).

This collection is also included in the Latin American Anarchist and Labour Periodicals (c.1880-1940) collection.
Latin American Anarchist and Labour Periodicals (c.1880-1940)
From the International Institute of Social History (IISH), Amsterdam
Collection of Latin American anarchist and labour periodicals. The bulk of the material (collected by the Austrian anarchist and historian Max Nettlau) covers the formative anarchist and anarcho-syndicalist period in the history of Latin American labour movements (1890-1920).

This collection is also included in the Latin American Anarchist and Labour Periodicals (c.1880-1940) collection.