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Brazilian Cordel Literature : U.S. Cordel Holdings

Holdings of Cordel Chapbooks in Institutions in the USA

NOTE: These are the holdings in the US from a survey done in 2013. This inventory is still a work in progress. The information in italics needs to be verified by the holding institutions. 
Institution # of Cordel Holdings Individually Catalogued Notes
Brigham Young Univ. 18 No  
Cornell University 21 No (Romance de Cordel)
U Indiana-Bloomington 60 Yes Some catalogued. 5 cases, 60 pamphlets. Romance de Cordel
U Pennsylvania  60 Yes 5 cases, 60 pamphlets (Rom de Cordel), Unknown total exact number of individual cordels.
Vanderbilt University 78 No 78 (lit. de cordel) 32(Rom de Cordel). Titles listed in record.
UC-Berkeley 86 No 53 (Lit. de Cordel) 33(Teatro de Cordel).  Microfilm: Princeton Series 4 (5 reels)
Michigan State Univ. 92 No  
U Florida 97 No in 2 boxes
Florida International University 100 No Collection from Academia Brasileira de Literatura de Cordel (ABLC).
U Chicago 350 No  
Brown University 420 Yes  
U Kansas  445 Yes Approx. number of cordel chapbooks. Xilogravura included.
Yale University 500 Yes Approx. number of cordel chapbooks. Brazilian ballads & Songs.
Harvard University 677 Yes Some catalogued. Harvard Depository, request. HU also holds Microfilm Princeton Series 4, Some chapbooks searchable by title.
Stanford University 1,030 No  
U Texas-Austin 1,035 No  
U Illinois-UC 1,550 Yes Microfilmed Chapbooks
Princeton University 1,593 No List of titles on-line, some covers, Microfilm: Princeton Series 4
U Wisconsin-Madison 1,742* No  
U California-Riverside 4,000 No Finding aid by subject. Besides chapbooks, UC-Riverside owns woodblocks, microfilm of old cordels from Casa Rui Barbosa, audio tapes of cantadores also from Casa Rui Barbosa. 
U California-LA 4,100 No in 24 boxes
U New Mexico-Albuquerque 4,600 Yes Approx. number of cordel chapbooks. Cat records include additional subject headings.
Library of Congress 9,000 No Estimated number. LC has several cordel collections, all housed at the American Folklife Center. Their largest collection, called the "Literatura de Cordel Brazilian Chapbook Collection" has around 8,387 chapbooks. LC is in the process of creating finding Aids. NOTE: In addition to the chapbooks, LC has a number of large-sized wood block prints created by Jose Borges and some audio recordings of coderl being performed in Brazil.
Arizona State University Unknown No Unknown number of individual chapbooks. Bound in books by ABLC (?)
SUNY-Buffalo Unknown No Only Microfilm: Lat Am Docs, Reel 1125, item 5.
Tulane University Unknown No 3 collections of various cordel. Bounded.
U Nebraska  Unknown No Only Microfilm: 1 reel, 79 leaves
U Pittsburgh Unknown No Only Microfilm: 1 reel, 79 leaves
U Iowa Unknown Yes Unknown number of individual chapbooks. Bound collections of cordel. Some catalogued.
NY Public Library Unknown Yes Microfilm: 177 pamphlets, Lampião: 1reel, Brazilian Chapbooks: 12 reels
TOTAL U.S. HOLDINGS as of 2013 31,654