The inaugural volume in Greenwood’s series of Bibliographies and Indexes in Ethnic Studies, this up-to-date bibliography of bibliographies-the most basic reference tool in any field of learning-provides references to and information on: all significant bibliographies compiled on Puerto Rico in general, specific topics or individuals, and Puerto Ricans in the United States. It is a compilation of the ample yet scattered harvest of books, journals, newspapers, government documents, pamphlets, theses, dissertations, and other publications reflecting the island’s literary and intellectual history as written by Puerto Ricans or by others writing about Puerto Rico and its people. Compiler Fay Fowlie-Flores has updated previously published references by including many recent works that have for decades remained dispersed among mimeographed lists, government publications, and books published by research institutions and commercial publishers, among others. Both Spanish and English-language bibliographies and bibliographic essays have been included and a few references to important works written in other languages are also cited. The time period of the works covered ranges from 1887 to 1988 with references to a few items published in 1989. With several exceptions for very specialized fields, works cited have at least 10 items.
The introduction provides a thorough and fact-filled overview of the history and present status of Puerto Rican bibliographies. Three main sections containing alphabetically arranged entries focus on Puerto Rico in general; special topics; and Puerto Ricans in the U.S. Seventeen special topics arranged alphabetically by subject address diverse areas of the culture including art and music, economics, folklore, medicine, politics, women, and more. The annotation at each entry clarifies the subject matter and organization of the work as well as the authority of the compiler, and often reflects the importance or complexity of the item. All sources cited in the volume were carefully examined for references to additional bibliographies. Three indexes facilitate access to all references by a particular author or title or to a specific topic. This exhaustive reference work will be an invaluable tool for scholars, educators, librarians, government officials, students, and interested laypersons.