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Guide to Resources on Bulgaria: About the collection

Bulgaria - About the collection

The UCL SSEES Library collections mirror the main areas of research and interest for the School with a focus on important scholarly resources on history, politics and sociology, economics and business, and language, literature and culture. They are of international importance and provide the basis for excellence in teaching and research of the School.

The collection on Bulgaria is to be found on the Lower Ground Floor of the Library, and covers the history, politics, economics, social sciences, culture, language and literature of the country.

Books in the section start with the shelfmark B, and are further subdivided according to the UCL SSEES Library classification scheme.

The majority of the collection consists of works in Bulgarian or English, although occasionally books may also be acquired in other European languages.

The Library subscribes to daily newspapers (e.g. Duma, Sofia Echo) as well as to scholarly serial publications originating from or pertaining to the area. Noteworthy periodicals include Bulgarska sbirka, Sofia, 1894-1915; Misul, Sofia, 1892-1907; Sbornik za narodni umotvoreniia, nauka i knizhnina, Sofia, 1889-; and Zlatorog, Sofia, 1920-1943.

The history section includes not only monographs but also volumes of the series of published sources Dokumenti za bulgarskata istoriia, Sofia, 1931- and Izvori za bulgarskata istoriia, Sofia, 1958-. Examples of contemporary source material includes Prebroiavane na naselenieto i zhilishtniia fond i zemedelskite stopanstva prez 2001 and Statisticheski godishnik = Statistical yearbook.

Some historically important and rare travel books including accounts of travel through Bulgaria before 1860, and historic maps were digitised as part of the EU’s Europeana Travel project.

The Library holdings also include archive collections of interest in the study of history. A selection of digitised archive material can be seen in the UCL SSEES Special Collections.

An invaluable resource for UCL students and staff is being acquired in the Bain Graffy Film Collection. The section of the collection contains documentaries on the country.  Where possible, copies with subtitles are obtained in order to open the collection to as wide an audience as possible. For information about access rights and requesting audio-visual material see our FAQ.

Getting help

Suzana Tamamović

Area Liaison Librarian for

South East Europe