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Tisch Library, Tufts University


For Faculty in the Romance Languages and Literatures Department



Monthly New Acquisitions in Tisch

European Literature

French, Italian, Spanish and Portuquese Literature

Streaming Videos

Dance in Video

Opera in video

The Shakespeare Plays (BBC-Television productions)


TV Show Clips

blinkx (select "TV Shows".)

Hulu (select "TV")


Tisch Library Special Collections

Medieval manuscripts and more


Search the Tufts Library Catalog


Sample Texts:

Early Brazil: a Documentary Collection to 1700 / edited by Stuart B. Schwartz ; translated by Clive Willis and Stuart B. Schwartz. (F2524 .E275 2010)

Early Modern Spain: a Documentary History/ edited by Jon Cowans. (Bookstacks: DP161.5 .E27 2003)

The Impact of the French Revolution: Texts from the 1790's/ introduced and edited by Iain Hampsher-Monk. (Bookstacks: DC142 .I57 2005)

Visión de Los Vencidos. English. (The broken spears : the Aztec account of the Conquest of Mexico) / edited and with an introduction by Miguel León-Portilla ; with a foreword by J. Jorge Klor de Alva ; translated from Nahuatl into Spanish by Angel María Garibay K. ; English translation by Lysander Kemp ; illustrations, adapted from original codices paintings, by Alberto Beltran. (Bookstacks: F1230 .V5713 2006)

BLC WorldCat (a variant on WorldCat)

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Digital Sources

Gerritsen Collection (late 19th century - .)
Books, pamphlets and periodicals reflecting the evolution of a feminist consciousness and the movement for women's rights.

Sample Text:

Sand, George: Correspondence, 1812-1876
Paris: Calmann Levy,, 1882, 2386 pages

(French texts)

Sample Text:

Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire Raisonné des Dciences, des Arts et des Métiers

The digital library project of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. It provides free access to 70,000 digitized items, including texts, images, and audio.

Making of the Modern World (1450 - 1850)
More than 61,000 books and 466 pre-1906 serials. This collection focuses on economics interpreted in the widest sense, including political science, history, sociology, and special collections on banking, finance, transportation and manufacturing.

Early English Books (1473 - 1700)

Eighteenth Century Collections Online  (1701-1800)

John Johnson Collection: An Archive of Printed Ephemera (19th Century)

Electronic Text Center at University of Virginia Library
    Online archive includes over 45000 classic texts in 12 languages. Some open to the public.


Place course materials on Reserves:

At Tisch:

in person
by fax: 617.627.3002;
by e-mail:;
Online: Place a Book on Reserve
            Place a Photocopy on Reserve

At the Media Center:

in person;
by e-mail:
Online: Place DVDs on Reserve


  • Several weeks prior to each semester, Tisch Library e-mails reserve letters to all faculty identifying submission dates for ordering materials for reserve and for submitting reserve lists for processing. (the current reserve letter online for reference).
  • All reserve lists received by the identified deadline are ready for the start of classes.

The library recommends that faculty use the following guidelines:

Library books: a maximum of 25 library-owned titles per course using a 1 copy to 25 students ratio.

Personal copies: 1 copy to 25 students ratio.

Binders: 1 copy to 20 students ratio (Binders are non-copyrighted material, e.g. homework or test solutions).

Photocopies: 1 copy to 20 students ratio for each title. The library does not limit the number of individual photocopied titles submitted for course reserve. Faculty members supply all photocopies.

All personal copies, photocopies and the contents from binders are returned to faculty at the end of the semester.

Textbooks can be placed on reserve as a faculty personal copy. As a general policy, the library does not purchase textbooks. Exceptions will be made on a case-to-case basis for those textbooks that have special value as a state-of-art presentation.

Faculty should consult with subject bibliographers before recommending a textbook purchase for course reserve.


  • All requests for media course reserves and streaming video are processed in order by date received. 
  • The Tisch Media Center provides a streaming video service for media course reserves.  In accordance with copyright policy, only library owned video collection materials may be digitized for course reserves as required viewing for a course. 
  • Titles not owned by the library can be requested for purchase to support media course reserves. 
  • Personal copies owned by faculty teaching the course will not be digitized. 
  • Digitized course materials can be linked to a faculty Blackboard account for viewing by the students enrolled in the class.   Access to the digitized materials will be disabled at the conclusion of the course. 


Please use the Form for routine purchase request:




Christopher Barbour

  Christopher Barbour
Humanities Bibliographer & Coordinator of Special Collections

Tel: 617-627-2398

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last updated: 3/21/2011