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Considerable advancement has been made in the organization of online Serbian materials in recent years.  An important resource is the Serbian National Bibliography, which replaced the site of the National Bibliography of Former Yugoslavia that was located at  The entire document is scanned and searchable page by page at this website, as is the catalog from the earlier historical period: 1519-1867.  The Catalog is part of the Serbian National Library (Narodna Biblioteka Srbije, or NBS), which is a very important online source for researchers of Serbian history and a good place to start for any research into Serbian history:

Narodna biblioteka

The National Library’s site is now available in English as well as Serbian in both Latin and Cyrillic, although searching of course must be conducted in the vernacular.  The catalogue of the NBS alone allows researchers to search some 650,000 records.  It is possible, however, to also to connect to the Serbian Virtual Library known as COBISS (Co-operative Online Bibliographic System and Services) which can search the catalogs of the NBS, the Matica Srpska Library, Belgrade’s "Svetozar Markovic" University Library and the Yugoslav Bibliographic Information Institute, or about 2 million combined records.  This is the most comprehensive search engine of Serbian bibliography currently available.  COBISS also has an interface in English, but again most titles cannot be searched in English.  For more descriptive details about the online resources of the NBS go to



The Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Srpska Akademija Nauku I Umetnosti, or SANU), also maintains an informative website.  Unlike the National Library, however, most of its half million records are not searchable online.  The Academy is currently working on an online database called Kobson that will open its records to online searches, however so far only about 12,000 records have been added and searching is not yet possible.  The website does permit scholars to review the general holdings of the Academy, including its library collections and its archival holdings. 

Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

The research and publishing of the Institute for Balkan Studies connected to tje Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts is of particular interest to historians working on Serbia and/or Southeastern Europe. Founded in 1934, the institute was among the earliest scholarly associations in the Balkans focusing on Balkans research. The institute's flagship publication is Balcanica, a referreed journal in English currently in its 40th year. In addition to this journal, the institute publishing scholarly works, mostly in history, in Serbian, English and French.

Institute for Balkan Studies - Serbian Academy


Matica Srpska,  This is the modern website of the oldest Serbian cultural-scientific and publishing association that was founded in Budapest in 1826 and moved to Novi Sad in 1864.  The name refers to a parental authority for all Serbs.  As this would indicate, the cultural perspective of the association is linked to the idea of Serbian national spirit, although initially it was closely linked to Matica Hrvatska in an effort to solidify and strengthen the Serbo-Croat language as the means to justify cultural autonomy and later independence for South Slavs from Hapsburg and Ottoman domination.  Today this is one of the largest collections in Serbia, with about 3 million volumes and some million entries in the catalog.  It is less English-friendly than SANU or NBS, offering no translation. 

Matica Srpska

English speakers are directed to, but largely just for information; the search engine is at the former site and works only in Serbian.  The search engine links to COBISS, like the site of the NBS, and allows one to search the Matica collection alone or the larger linked collection noted above.  The site also allows access to recent issues of the many journals published by the association, including the Zbornik Matice Srpske za Istoriju for historians. 



Bibliografija Srbije, Narodna Biblioteka Srbije, Serijske Publikacije (Beograd, 2003-). UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Former Yugoslav reference (Slavic) 016.05782 B471a 2004

This is the annual publication of the National Library in Belgrade which began publishing in 2003 a list of ongoing serials in Serbia, replacing the one that had benn published annually for Yugoslavia since 1950. The Slavic Library has the volumes from 2004 and 2005. The list is quite simple: serials are listed in alphabetical order by name, with Latin and Cyrillic scripts, as well as foreign language publications, all in the same order. A short annotated description follows each title, and a basic index of titles is in the back.

Bibliografija Srbije - Serijske Publikacije


Izdavacka delatnost u FNRJ: knjige i brosure. Bibliografski mesecnik.
Beograd: Izdanje direk. za infor. vlade FNRJ, 1947-49.
UIUC Call Number:  Main Stacks 015.497 IZ  1949

This monthly publication covers books and pamphlets from 1947-1949 from all of the republics and was issued by the same firm that produced Jugoslovenska bibliografija 1945-1949 which is annotated immediately below. UIUC holds only the year 1949. The monthly appears to cover the same publications as the later bibliography except the order of presentation is a bit different. In the journal the citations are arranged by the same subject categories as Jugoslovenska bibliografija 1945-1949 and similar publishing statistics are provided (monthly, not annual statistics), but the entries are not compiled into one source, they are presented monthly. There are no indices in the monthly, thus access is just by subject. See the entries below which appear in the 1949:3 issue under the heading of bibliography.



Bibliografija Jugoslovenskih Bibliografija, 1945-1955. Beograd: Bibliografski institute FNRJ. 1958. UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Former Yugoslav reference (Slavic) 015.497 B41b

A very well organized, annotated, numbered collection of bibliographies on many subjects produced in communist Yugoslavia during its first decade.  The collection provides descriptions and in some cases chapter lists of the sources included, as well as a subject and author indexes.  It is organized by subject, with numbered entries throughout consistent.  Some of the subjects, such as History of Socialism and Socialist Education, are notably outdated, a historical reference in and of itself.



Bibliografija Matice Srpske. Nikolič, Jelena, ed. Novi Sad. Matic Srpska, Volumes 1-4, 1973-79, pp. I: 370; II: 682; III: 344; IV: 434. UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Former Yugoslav Reference (Slavic) 015.4971 N588B

Over the course of nearly a decade, Jelena Nikolič compiled a tremendous bibliographic collection on a range of topics, but focused on the humanities and social sciences, published by Matica Srpska.  The bibliographic collection includes four volumes: 1826-1949; 1950-1965; 1966-1970; and 1971-1975.  These were not published in order: Nikolič worked on the 1950s and 60s before going back to the prewar years and finally the 1970s.  Much of the information in these guides is now available online through the Narodna Biblioteka Srbije, including the Matica Srpska sources, but for experienced researchers acquainted with the problems of online searching, there is still great value in the paper edition given changing names, inaccurate cataloging, etc.  The numbered list of entries is organized by year of publication, and within each year alphabetically by author or title. This main section is followed in each volume by two detailed indexes, the first by name of author or title, the second by subject.  Each entry includes at least a short description, but for some Nikolič has put together detailed and highly informative content reviews.   In addition to monographs, there are detailed descriptions of the content of some journals, most obviously the bi-weekly published by Matica Srpska, beginning in 1934 thru 1949 (in volume 1), and then in each succeeding volume for the corresponding years.  Each volume contains a detailed index of entries by author’s name; a title index; a subject index for articles in foreign languages; a special index for prominent subjects with many articles; a chronological appendix and an index of publishing presses and locations.MaticaSrpska3


Srpska bibliografija XVIII veka.
Mihailovic, Georgije. Beograd: Narodna Biblioteka SR Srbije, 1964. (Srpska retospektivna bibliografija). 383 p.
UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Former Yugoslav Reference (Slavic) Q.015.4971 M58s

This is a fascinating compilation of over 400 Serbian books from 1701-1800. Mihailovic traveled to various European and Yugoslav libraries and took advantage of several private collections to gather data on the titles presented in this work. In fact, he found more publications than were listed in the previous bibliographies on the topic, including Novakovic, which is glossed below. The entries are arranged by year, with extensive annotations and bibliographic notes. Also reproductions of title pages and bibliographic references for bibliographies in which the item is cited are provided for almost every item. Locations in of libraries in Former Yugoslavia are listed at the end of the entries. It was issued as part of a planned Serbian retrospective bibliography of which only this volume has been produced so far. There is an index for author and title without author. We have xeroxed a list of additions to the bibliography which appeared in the journal Bibliotekar in 1978 and included it at the back of the book. See the entry below for a book that was published sometime after 1741.



Srpska bibliografija za noviju knjizevnost, 1741-1867. Novakovic, Stojan. U Biogradu: u drzavnoj stampariji, 1869. 644 p. UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Former Yugoslav Reference (Slavic) 016.89182 N85s 1967. 

Important early bibliographical guide compiling works in many fields published in Serbia or about Serbian history, literature, arts and sciences produced by scholars from other parts of Europe, including newspapers and journals.  For more specifics see: natbibserbia2.htm#uceno.



Srpske bibliografije 1766-1850. Pankovic, Dušan. Beograd: Narodna biblioteka Srbije, 1982. 415 p. UIUC Call Number: Yugoslav Reference 016.89182 P194S

Very important bibliographical guide for historians, itself a document of the history of Serbian publishing.  It is divided into three sections, each of which focus on publishing in Serbian from 1766-1850.  The first follows the beginnings of Serbian publishing through descriptions and analysis of the works of Serbian intellectuals that were the architects of Serbian national construction, including Vuk Karadjic. The second section is a bibliography of 77 Serbian bibliographies conducted during these years.  The final section presents over 1400 publications in Serbian or about Serbia, Serbs, or the Serbian language throughout Europe, organized by year of publication, beginning in 1493 and ending in 1849, but focusing particularly on the final one hundred years of this period.  For more information see:



Bibliografija Vojvodine. Serija 1. Monografske publikacije. Novi Sad: Biblioteka Matice Srpske, 1982-1986. UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Former Yugoslav Reference (Slavic) 015.4971 B471 1982, 1983

This source can be a valuable collection of monographic works on Serbian history published in Vojvodina, particularly in that it includes works about and by non-Serbs, including Hungarians, Romanians, Slovaks, etc.  The bibliography includes records in all these languages: it not only includes a main section on monographs in the languages of Yugoslavia, printed in both Latin and Cyrillic script interchangeably in accordance with the language of publication used for the monograph, but it also provides a select list of publications separately in Hungarian, Slovak, Romanian, Russian and other languages.  This incredibly detailed guide in most cases includes circulation statistics, publication details (including publishing house contact information), and table of contents listings.  It was published annually beginning in 1985 (covering 1982) for ten years, the last volume covered 1991.  The UIUC library has only the first two volumes, however.  The detailed index of author and titles and subjects is followed by several indexes of publications in foreign languages, and preceded by an appendix of publishing statistics for Vojvodina journals for the given year.  For more details see:, (scroll down several titles).  



Pregled Izdanja Srpske Akademije Hauka I Umetnosti, 1847-1959. Beograd: Srpska Akademija Hauka i Umetnosti, 1961.  UIUC Call Number International & Area Studies Former Yugoslavia Reference (Slavic) 016.0684971 P913

The bibliographic guide to publications by the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SANU) is useful as a reference list for browsing on literature available about a particular subject, but not for knowledge of the sources themselves because the annotations are short and limited.  Most of the works are in other fields, particularly the natural sciences, but there is 10-page list of 96 titles in history and philosophy.



Katalog Narodne Biblioteke u Beogradu: IV Rukopisi I Stare Štampane knjige (Beograd: Srpska Akademija Hauka i Umetnosti Narodna Biblioteka Srbije Matitsa Srpska, 1982). 445 p. and 23 supp.  UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Former Yugoslav Reference (Slavic): 015.4971 K155

A very important collection of mostly Serbian religious manuscripts and historical documents from the 12th to the 19th centuries.  The new printing is a compilation of two previous bibliographical works: first and foremost the Katalog Narodne Biblioteke by Ljubomir Stojanović from 1903 and Opis Pukopisa Narodne Biblioteke sa Prilogom Porodičin Arhiv Raškovića by Svetozar Matić from 1952.  The Matić collection was published as part of the annual publication of the Serbian Academy of Sciences, volume 191 from 1952 (UIUC Call Number: Main Stacks Q. 506 SRP). Many of the documents listed (and in many cases copied) no longer exist because they were stored in the Belgrade’s National Library when it was destroyed by Nazi bombs on April 6, 1941.  In addition to the detailed list and excerpts from the religious texts, there is also a short list of publications from the 16th-18th centuries and a detailed index.  Although this information is now part of the online catalog and searchable, a paper version remains important because of spelling discrepancies and name changes.



Srpske Rukopisne i Štampane Knjige u Slavoniji od XV do XVIII Veka, Biblioteka Eparhije Slavonske & Narodna Biblioteka Srbije, (Beograd-Parkac, 1990). UIUC Call Number: Main Stacks 015.49742 SR78

This is a catalog of old manuscripts in Serbian from the 15th to the 18th century from the Old Church Slavic collections in Parkac, Slavonia and the Orthodox monastery at Orahovic, collected by the staff of the National Library in Belgrade as part of a broader effort to collect, sort and catalogue old manuscripts that circulated not only in Serbia but throughout Croatia and Bosnia also. The guide is divided into three sections: the first two deal with religious prayer books and psalters mostly, the first section manuscripts and the second printed texts. The annotated descriptions, particularly for the older manuscript collection, are excellent, with full descriptions of each item including dating, size, length, content, authorship and place of publication or production. Not all of these items can be catalogued with such detail, but they are whenever possible. The third section of the work details the collection of 18th century pinted texts from Slavonia, including mostly non-religious topics. Following a section of beautiful reproductions on glossy plates, there are severa, short indexes, including title, subjects' personal names, place names, chronology, author, publisher, and most usefully, current locations.


Bibliograpfija Radova o Svetozaru Markovicu, vol. 1 & 2, Beograd, 1976 & 1981. UIUC Call Number: Main Stacks 012 M34sk; 161 & 149 pp.

Compiled by the chief librarian of the Yugoslav Bibliographic Institute, Slobodan Komadinic, in honor of the 100 year anniversary of the death of Markovic in 1875, this is an extensive international collection of monographic and periodocal publications about the important literary, cultural and national Serbian figure. While at initial glance this may hold little interest for anyone other than a biographer of Markovic, in fact there are intersting sources of late 19th century Serbian history.



Bibliografija Srpske Književne Zadruge, 1892-1967. Beograd, 1967.  443 pp. UIUC Call Number: Yugoslav Reference 016.89182 Z6b

Compiled by Yugoslav bibliographer Milan Ž. Živanovič, this is a guide to works published by one of the leading literary and intellectual circles, and one of the oldest publishers, in Belgrade, the Serbian “Literary Family.”  The zadruga has a large bookstore in Belgrade and runs a website at There are several sections to the body of the work.  The first is a long introduction about the history of the Zadruga specifically and publishing and intellectual life in Serbia more broadly.  The main bibliographic section then lists 400 works published by the Zadruga over the course of this 75 year period, which was not the extent of its publishing but rather a chosen list of books.  Most of these works are described in significant detail.  Following several sections, including a list of foreign works published in Serbian and a list of Serbian writers, there are detailed and lengthy title and name indexes.  While many of the works listed here are literary, historians in general and cultural historians in particular will find numerous useful texts. 



Jugoslovenski bibliografski godisnjak za 1933 god = Annuaire bibliographique yougoslave.
Beograd: Stamparija Drag. Popovica, 1935. (Srpska kraljevska akademija. Posebna izdanja, knj. 106).
UIUC Call Number: Main Stacks Q.506 SRP v. 106

According to its introduction, this bibliography is the first attempt to record everything that has been published in Yugoslavia regardless of language. It covers books, series, and periodicals produced in 1933. The work was completed by employees of the National Library in Belgrade and published as part of the annual publication of the library in volume no. 106. The entries are arranged into two sections: books and journals/newspapers. Books in Serbo-Croatian and Slovene were listed first (with Cyrillic and Latin print intersperced in that unique Yugoslav manner) and followed by an additional section with books in other languages. Within each section the items are arranged in alphabetical order by author or title. Bold face print of authors and titles and sometimes keywords make this source much easier to use. Indeed, it is unfortunate that such thorough bibliographic collections (especially for foreign language publications) were not available every year. It is indexed by editors of journals and newspapers as well as by subject. See the image below for an example of how titles in series are treated.



xiJugoslovenska bibliografija.
Beograd: Savez knjizarskih organizacija Kraljevine Jugoslavije, 1934-1935. (Jan 1934-Sept 1935).
UIUC Call Number: Main Stacks 015.497 J936 v.1-2:9 1934-35

This monthly bibliography covering 1934-35 includes publications from all parts of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. In fact, it also has a brief section at the beginning which lists later 1933 publications. Entries are arranged by subject. All subjects are listed with their Roman numeral equivalents on the first page of every issue. You need to note the Roman numerals for the subjects you are interested in, because the subjects themselves are not printed in the body of bibliographies, they are indicated by the numerals. Abbreviations for places of publication and publishers are also given on the first page. There are no indices. Although this was an early attempt at national bibliographic coverage, comprehensiveness may not be assumed. See the entries on the left which appeared in the 1934:1-2 issue under the subject XI or Children's literature.


  Jugoslovenska bibliografija 1945: Građa.
Jovanovic, Zivorad P. Beograd: Jugoslovenska knjiga, 1947. 201 p.
UIUC Call Number: Main Stacks 015.497 J93621945

According to the introduction the purpose of this bibliography is to record what was published in Jugoslavia in book or pamphlet format after the Liberation in the years 1944-1946. In actuality only 1944 and 1945 are included. Some periodicals are also described. The compiler discusses some of the issues surrounding the compilation such as the difficulty determining certain basic facts about the items such as print runs, original sale price, etc., and briefly, the unstable nature of the publishing industry at that time. The resulting bibliography serves as an overview of Jugoslav publishing activity for 1944-45. Entries are arranged by subject such as Law, Marxism-Leninism, Philosophy, etc. Within each subject the books are grouped by language of publication, Serbo-Croatian, Slovene or Macedonian. Periodicals are listed at the end. There is an index of names. See the image below for a Macedonian book that appears under the heading of law.



Jugoslovenska Retrospektivna Bibliografija Građa: knjige, brošure i muzikalje, 1945-1967. Vol. VII. Beograd: Jugoslovenski Bibliografski Institut, 1969-1971. 21 vols.  UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Former Yugoslav Reference (Slavic) 015.497 B41j

This massive project sought to organize a complete bibliography of all publication in all fields during the first 20 years of communist Yugoslavia in 20 volumes: volume seven covers history, together with geography, education and several other fields.  The list of publications is organized by author and includes the circulation statistics; unfortunately it does not have an index which would have helped.  The history section includes books for primary and secondary schools, always useful for historians working on the teaching of national history.  For more details see



Bibliografija Jugoslavije: knjige, brosure i muzikalije.
Beograd : Bibliografiski institut FNRJ, 1950- .
UIUC Call Number: Oak Street Facility 015.497 B472 v.40:13-24, 41-42:1-10, 48:3-12 [UIUC lacks 1991-1996, 1998-2003]
UIUC Call Number: Main Stacks 015.497 B472 v.1-39 + Indexes for 1950-1971, 1973-1990, 1997 [some of the annual indexes are bound at the back of the regular volumes, some are bound individually]

This title is the official national bibliography of Yugoslavia from 1950 to the disintegration of the country in 1991. Although Yugoslavia no longer exists, this bibliography continues to appear, but listing only the publications of the areas remaining in the country (Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, and some parts of Bosnia). See the appropriate pages for the national bibliographies of the new countries of Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia/Hercegovina, and Macedonia. It covers books, pamphlets and music published in any language on the territory of Yugoslavia, but all of the citations are reproduced in the Latin alphabet regardless of the original alphabet of the title. This serial appears monthly and is arranged by subject. The list of subjects is printed at the back of each issue. Each issue also has indexes for names, subjects, and titles. Annual cumulative name, title, and classified subject indexes also are published. In some issues there were even indexes to show which titles were published in which republics including non-republic regions such as Vojvodina and Kosovo. See the entries on the right for two items that appeared in the 1989:19-20 issue under the heading of Accounting and Bookkeeping.



Katalog knjiga na jezicima jugoslovenskih naroda 1519-1867.
Djuric, Svetislav. Beograd: Narodna biblioteka SR Srbije, 1973. 537 p.
UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Former Yugoslav Reference (Slavic) Q.015.497 N233

Publications in South Slavic languages published between 1519 and 1867 that are held in the National Library of Serbia in Belgrade are the subject of this bibliographical collection in its oversized, hard-bound volume. Entries are arranged alphabetically by author or by title if there is no author and they contain full bibliographic data. Over three thousands titles are listed, all in Cyrillic, even those published in Hungarian or Slovene. There are numerous indexes providing additional access to authors, Cyrillic titles, Latin titles, publishers, places of publication, chronology, printers, and books with lists of subscribers. Territories covered include Serbia, Croatia, Slovenian, parts of Italy, Montenegro, Bosnia, Romania, etc, although most of the content pertains to Serbia, logical given the holdings of the Serbian National Library. Many illustrations of old title pages and drawings pertaining to the listed works make this bibliography more attractive than most. See the entry below for two books by Vuk Karadzic (out of about 35 listed in the Katalog).



Katalog knjiga na jezicima jugoslovenskih naroda, 1868-1972.
Puric, Svetislav. Beograd: Narodna biblioteka SR Srbije, 1975- . 14 vols.
UIUC lacks all 14 volumes of this set.

This collection of 14 volumes compiled by Svetislav Đuric and Vladimir Stevanovic represents the collection of the National Library of Serbia in Belgrade, . It covering thousands of titles published between 1868, after the creation of the Dual Monarchy, and 1972 in the various languages of Former Jugoslavia. According to Murlin Croucher's annotation in Slavic Studies it is "intended as a national retrospective bibliography." Although UIUC does not own this collection, it is available through interlibrary loan from the University of Illinois at Chicago. It is of tremendous importance for historians of Serbia and the other former Yugoslav republics.



Prilog jugoslovenskoj bibliografiji za 1938 godinu.
Veljkovic, Bosko M. Beograd: ZORA, 1939.
UIUC Call Number: Main Stacks 015.497 P935 1938

Although in the introduction the compiler admit that this is not a comprehensive bibliography, it is the only non-retrospective resource for Yugoslav publications for the year 1938 (with the exception of book dealer's catalogs). Both books and periodicals are covered with items from all of the regions of Yugoslavia. The entries are arranged by subject and the bibliography concludes with an index of authors and translators. See the image below for a few entries under the heading of Pedagogy and Psychology.



Bibliografija: Rasprava, Članaka i Književnih Radova: Historija. Horvat, Ivo, Chief Editor. Jugoslavenski Leksikografski Zavod Hrvatski. Zagreb. Volumes 8-11, 1965-1973.  UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Former Yugoslav Reference (Slavic): 015.497 Z13b v.8-v.11.

Likely the most detailed and rich bibliography published in the former Yugoslavia is also the most complex and difficult to use.  Consisting of 14 volumes published over a 30 year time span between 1956 and 1986, this bibliography attempts to synthesize all published works concerning literature, art, history and music of the peoples that comprised Yugoslavia from “the beginning” until 1945, the formation of the FNRJ.  The history bibliography is comprised of four volumes, 8-11.  Volumes 8 and 9 are a numbered list of entries organized by alphabetized authors’ names.  The entries in these two volumes are articles or books written by the author presented, with detailed citations of where the given written piece, including articles, reviews, and books, appears.  Sometimes the entries are followed by descriptions of the text; these are very useful.  Volume 10 is a subject index for the over 27,000 entries presented in volumes 8 and 9.  The index citation system is based on the numbered entries, and cites the subject whenever it appears in the previous two volumes in any form. Many of the subjects are broken down into additional headings that relate to the main entry.  While not easy to use, this is no doubt one of the most complete bibliographies compiled on humanities in pre-1945 Yugoslav lands.  While some of its usefulness may have been supplanted by the growth of electronic databases, it is still worth checking.



"Spisak vaznijih jugoslovenskih knjiga" in Almanah Kraljevine Srba, Hrvata i Slovenaca. (V. 1, pt 2, pp 161-174).
Zagreb: Komisionalna naklada Hrvatskog stamparskog zavoda, 1921-22.
UIUC Call Number: Main Stacks and Oak Street Facility 314.97 Al62 1921-22

Although this source admits it is in no way a comprehensive, scholarly bibliography, it is one of the only items that covers Yugoslav books for the years 1921-22. The introduction claims that it is an attempt to show important editions still in stock that survived the wars in the Balkans during the first two decades of the 20th century or that have been reprinted. This bibliography has very short entries without publisher information and with the alphabet indicated by an abbreviation in parentheses. Because of its selective scope and abbreviated entries it should be a last resort. Entries are arranged by subject. Immediately following the bibliography of books is one for periodicals. One peculiar note: the bibliography seems to randomly present subject headings and citations either all in the Cyrillic or all in the Latin alphabet regardless of the alphabet of the Slavic originals. See the image below for the beginning of the section on dictionaries and grammars.



Opsti katalog knjiga, 1921, 1923, 1935, 1938.
Kon, Geca, firm, Beograd.
UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Former Yugoslav Reference (Slavic) 015.497 K83o [UIUC holds only the 1935 catalog]udz

Yugoslav national bibliography between the First and Second World Wars was not a well-organized affair, which meant that books dealers' and publishing houses' catalogs were were an important source of publishing information. One such important private book publisher was Geca Kon, founded in 1901 in Belgrade, which after the war became one of the central, state-regulated pulishers in communist Yugoslavia, Prosveta. The more-or-less annual bibliographic compilations done by Geca Kon cover primarily the 1920s-mid-1930s, but there are also some earlier materials. This is true for the 1935 issue held by the University of Illinois. The catalog includes legal documents and commentaries as well as books, books in series, and periodicals. The entries are divided by subject, but unfortunately there are no additional indexes. Furthermore there is no way to know where the records are from and if they are complete, and the information provided is not always consistent. Nonetheless, these bibliographies remain an important source of interwar publishing in the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes and after 1929, Yugoslavia. See the image on the right for a few entries that appear under the heading of Textbooks.


Opsti katalog knjiga.
Veljkovic, Boško M. Beograd: Prosveta, 1953.
UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Former Yugoslav Reference (Slavic) 016.002 Op62

This bibliography continues the series above, compiled by many of the same specialists now working after the war in Tito's Yugoslavia under the name Prosveta (formerly Geca Kon). With the state now much more intensely involved in the publishing business of this company, this is a general list of books available from 1919-1952, not exclusively those published by Prosveta. Ease of use remains something of a problem, as the arrangement is primarily by subject but also includes sections on publications by academies of science, as well as divisions within large subjects (such as natural sciences) which is not readily clear when turning to a specific page. A table of context would have made the catalogue more user-friendly, but it is lacking. Books in series and musical scores are also represented. There is an author and subject index at the end. Particularly intersting is the lengthy collection of advertisements for other presses and publishing houses throughout the country, given the communist authorities emphasis on increasing literacy. See the entries below which appeared under the heading of Music for Two Violins.



Bibliograf: popis novih knjiga i periodicnih publikacija u kraljevini Srba, Hrvata i Slovenaca.
UIUC Call Number: Main Stacks 015.497 B471

This bibliographic serial appeared only for one year, 1926, and it presents all new materials printed in the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes that were received by the National Library in Belgrade. However, because it represents the receipts of just one institution, comprehensiveness cannot be assumed. Although the bibliography was published in 1926, the titles covered may have been published in 1925 or 1926. It covers both books and periodicals. The citations are arranged alphabetically in each monthly issue. Beginning with issue 4 the entries are arranged by subject and the journal entries show the contents of the issues. See the entry on the left for a journal entitled Hrvatska Prosvjeta.


Jugoslovenska bibliografija. 1945-1949.
Beograd: Izdanje direk. za infor. vlade FNRJ, 1950. 5 vols.
UIUC Call Number: Main Stacks 015.497 J9361

These five volumes represent one of the early attempts at a Yugoslav national bibliography. They cover monographs and pamphlets from the period 1945-1949 from all of the republics. Unfortunately, there are no introductory materials explaining the method or scope of compilation so comprehensiveness of coverage may not be assumed. Entries are arranged by subject with the full subject arrangement given at the back of each volume. All citations are given in the alphabet of the original publication. There are indexes for names as well as some statistical publication tables which show among other things how many items were printed in each republic. Although this work has been superceded by the retrospective bibliography annotated immediately below, it is included here for its historical significance. See the table below which shows the breakdown of publications for 1945 by republic.




Bibliografija Novosadske Štampe, 1824-1918. Novi Sad: Biblioteka Matice Srpske, 1977.    159 pp. UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Former Yugoslav Reference (Slavic) 011.34 B489b.

Compiled by Milana Bikicki and Ana Kaħanski, this is a slightly earlier companion to the Bibliograpfija Vojvodine, this volume presents the periodical publications in the cultural heart of the region’s cultural heart, Novi Sad.  The focus is again on the multi-ethnic history of the region during the last century of Hapsburg rule: the bibliography is presented in Serbian, Hungarian, and Slovak, and the journals and newspapers presented within are likewise from these three languages.  The annotated list of the periodicals is excellent; in addition to a photo of most periodicals, one can find the frequency of publication, the length of the periodical and other vital statistics.  There are also numerous indexes of great aid to research, including by title, author and subject names, publishers, and a statistical index of publications per year during the period covered.



Graća Za Istoriju i Bibliografiju Srpske Periodike do 1920. Godine. Mitrović, Jeremija D. (Belgrade: Prosveta, 1984). UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Yugoslav Reference (Slavic) 057.82 M697g.

This uncomplicated guide lists, in alphabetical order by name, Serbian language periodical publications from earliest printed materials to 1920.  The annotated list provides place and dates of publication, usually with a short history that describes the periodical and its publisher, although some of the major journals or newspapers have detailed descriptions. 



Anali Leksikografskog Zavoda FNRJ, Svezak II: Građa Za Bibliografiju Jugoslavenske Periodike. (Zagreb, 1955). UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Former Yugoslav Reference (Slavic) 015.497 Z13b index

Compiled by Mate Ujević, this source is little more than a basic list of periodical publications held in the libraries of the former Yugoslavia, although it is perhaps one of the most complete such periodical lists available, certainly for the interwar years. With usually no more than one or two lines given a specific publication, the researcher can validate a publication sought and learn of its current location: each description contains one or more numbers that correspond to a list of libraries found in the back of the book. As of 1955, this was the location of all or part of the periodical in question. The list also typically specifies a place of publication for the periodical and its run. The general list takes up most of the book; but there is also a shorter list called "Partisan Press" that specializes in socialist publications focusing on the war, Tito and Yugoslav patriotism. This is followed by a very short list of periodcals published without a known place or year of publication; and finally by the code index of Yugoslav libraries corresponding to holdings in the description.



Jugoslovenska Štampa: Referati i Bibliografija (Beograd: Srpskog Novinarskog Udruzhenja, 1911).    292p.   UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Former Yugoslav Reference (Slavic) 011.34 J936

The result of a congress of journalists in 1911 from lands that would soon comprise the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, as well as Bulgarian.  This volume lists periodical publications in Serbian, Croatian, Slovenian, and Bulgarian from the late 18th century to 1911; in the Serbian case from 1791.  The publications are listed in alphabetical order by title, by year of publication.  For the historian, particularly important is annotation for each entry, which describes the subject of the publication, its organizational affiliation, and the frequency of publication and the years that the paper or journal remained in print.  Additional information include chief editor when known, and the cost in contemporary Serbian dinars (usually per year).  More than half the bibliography deals with Serbian periodicals, with over 1300 entries, including two additional sections.  The bibliography of Croatian periodicals (from 1789) is also substantial, including 800 titles.  The sections on the Bulgarian and Slovenian periodical bibliographies are quite short but are accompanied by detailed and informative bibliographic essays about their national periodical industry.



Srpska Štampa Izmeću dva Rata I: Osnova za Bibliografiju Srpske Periodike, 1915-1945. (Beograd: Srpska Akademija Nauka, 1956). OCLC: 35189972

Thisvolume, part of several series of bibliographical publications of the interwar period, is very informative and well organized. The annotations provide basic information about the publication, and in some cases greater detail, including history of the publication, is available. Following a lengthy and informative introduction about interwar serials, publishing and intellectual life in Serbia secifically and Yugoslavia more generally, the guide is organized alphabetically by location. Much of the volume is concerned with serial publications from Belgrade, but there are additional chapters detailing publishing in Voivodina, the rest of Serbia, and Montenegro. There are additional sections for Bosnia-Hercegovina and Croatia, as well as chapters on publications in Hungarian, German, and all other languages in Yugoslavia. Most unusual (and useful) are chapters specifically dedicated to permitted and underground publications circulating during the Nazi occupation. The final chapters outline special agencies, such as journalistic associations, that did their own publishing and/or were particularly active during the war and resistance. The index at the end is simple: by name or title if no name is available.



Štampa Naroda I Narodnosti SFRJ, 1945-1973. Stoković, Živorad K. (Belgrade, 1975).
UIUC Call no.: International & Area Studies Former Yugoslav Reference (Slavic) 070.9 ST67S  
This volume can be useful for historians of the first three decades of communist Yugoslavia because it presents a thorough catalog of periodicals, including both daily newspapers and weekly and monthly journals.  The political goal of the organizational methodology, to show that the rapidly growing circulation statistics clearly indicate socialist victory, is obvious and indeed humorous, but the collection of periodical materials is nevertheless useful.  Short annotations accompany the entries, detailing publication information and purpose.  There are several sections, including newspapers and journals published in each republic of Yugoslavia.  The final two sections are publications in minority languages (Albanian, Hungarian, Slovak, Bulgarian, Romanian, etc) and publications of communities of belief, mostly Christian publications but also one official Muslim paper in Bosnia.  The primary index, with alphabetized, numbered entries organized by subject, is excellent.  A second index by subject headings is shorter.



Sadržaj Letopisa Matice Srpske. Trećakov, Stojan. Novi Sad: Matica Srpska, 1968, 1977. UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Former Yugoslav Reference (Slavic) 506 MAT, 2 volumes, 1825-1950 (published 1968, index to v. 1-366) and 1950-1960 (published 1977, index to v. 367-386). 

These two volumes represent the fifth, and upto that point complete, effort of a index the contents of the Letopis Matice Srpske, one of the longest running and most respected literary journals in Southeastern Europe. Previous indexes have appeared in 1828, 1851, and 1896, however the fourth index was never published and so appears in print for the first timewith this collection. For researchers who need to know what important figures and especially writiers wrote on the pages of the journal annually, this is an invaluable reference. The great majority of these two volumes meticulously indexes what every important literary and cultural figure wrote, organizing the materials by authors' last names, from 1825 to 1950 in the first volume and from 1951-1960 in the second. There are additional indexes for pseudonyms and antonyms and for translators and translations. The second volume on the 1950s also includes a detailed item index in addition to the author one. See the example from volume 1 below.




Doktorske Disertacije na Beogradskom Univerzitetu, 1905-1950. Belgrade: Nauchna Kniga, Izdavachko Preduzeće Narodne Republike Srbije, 1951. 21 p. UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Reference Former Yugoslav Reference (Slavic): 013 B41d

This is a short compilation of doctoral dissertations defended at Belgrade University from 1905-1950.  The dissertations are arranged in sections by subject area and presented within each section in alphabetical order by author’s last name. No introduction or other explanatory information is provided. See the following image for an example of the entries.



Bibliografija Doktorskih Disertacija, 1951-1963. Belgrade: Publikacija Rektorata Univerziteta, 1964.   109p.  UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Former Yugoslav Reference (Slavic) 013 B41b

An expanded second edition to the first half of the twentieth century covers a dozen years but includes many more subject areas, particularly focusing on the natural sciences, very much a reflection of academic culture in young communist societies in the postwar years.  The organizational model is the same as the first compilation, although this volume has an introduction unlike the first.



Bibliografija doktorskih disertacija odbranjenih na fakultetima Univerziteta u Novom Sadu od 1985-1993. godine. Novi Sad: Univerzitet, 1994. 308 p.
UIUC Call Number: Main Stacks and Acquisitions Q.011.75 B471 1985/93

This is actually the third volume of a bibliography of dissertations from Novi Sad, but the University of Illinois does not hold the first two which cover 1960-1979 and 1980-1984 respectively. Together all three volumes contain over 1500 dissertation citations. The citations are arranged chronologically by date of conferment and include the author's name and birthdate, title in the vernacular language and translated into English, members of the doctoral committee, defense and conferment dates, and subject area. There are indexes for authors, committee members, subject areas, and departments. See the image below for a dissertation on NGO's.



Pregled doktorskih disertacija odbranjenih u Srbiji u periodu od 1945-1975. god. Beograd: Univerzitetska biblioteka "Svetozar Markovic", 1977. 509 p.
UIUC Call Number: Oak Street Facility F. Q.011.7 B411

Covering the thirty year period of 1945-1975, this retrospective bibliography presents doctoral dissertations from educational institutions in Serbia. The first section lists the dissertations by degree-granting institution and then by year and then by subject. The degrees from the University of Belgrade comprise the bulk of this section. The second section is a keyword index that gives access to more specific subjects. The final section includes an author index, an index by Universal decimal classification, and some charts illustrating statistics about the number of doctoral degrees awarded and in what subject field. The entries show the bibliographic data and the faculty in which the student received the degree. In the Yugoslav tradition, this reference book has an introduction in each official language of Former Yugoslavia, as well as in English. Because this bibliography was compiled using an early computer program, there are no diacritics in the citations. See the image below for two dissertations from the University of Belgrade produced during 1956 in the area of literature and linguistics.




Univerzitetska Biblioteka "Svetozar Marković" (Belgrade: Univerzitet u Beogradu, 1964). UIUC Call Number: Oak Street Facility 027.7497Un3u

This short guidebook, prepared under the supervision of former chief librarian Ljubinka Jovanović is a very useful source for anyone planning to do research at the Svetozar Markovic library in Belgrade. The guide provides a brief history of the library; an overview of its administrative composition and holdings; photographs and descriptions of its reading rooms and policies (as they were in 1960s Yugoslavia). Perhaps most useful is a brief review of its catogues, or holdings indexes, including some exlanation of approaches to searching the library.



Arhiv Srbije, 1900-2000. (Beograd: 2000). UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Former Yugoslav Reference (Slavic) 027.04971Ar39

This is a well-organized giude of the holdings of the Serbian state archive. Commermorating one hundred years of the Serbian archive (which, interesting enough, serves a country called Serbia again as it did in 1900 but not for most of the twentieth century) this publication offers a short history of the archive itself and a detailed accounting of its holdings, which is mostly state and government documents from various political expressions of the Serbian kingdom beginning with the late nineteenth century. Sparing no expense, the guide was pyt together on fine paper that beuatifully reproduce numerous color copies of documents (including from King Milan Obrenović from 1886) and photos from the reading rooms.




Enciklopedija Srpske Istoriografije (Beograd: Knowledge, 1997), 741 p.   UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Former Yugoslav Reference (Slavic) Q. 949.71003 En16

This collection is an invaluable compilation of knowledge for historians of Serbia, Yugoslavia and to a lesser degree the other former Yugoslav republics. Edited by two prominent historians of Serbia, Sima Ćirković and Rade Mihaljćić, the encyclopedia is divided into three primary parts.  The first is a select list of historical subjects concerned with the history of Serbs and/or Serbia, including Montenegro, Kosovo, specific religious texts, prominent newspapers, journals and institutions of the past and the present.  Set out in encyclopedic format, the subjects are accompanied by lengthy and detailed annotated descriptions, together with limited bibliographies.  The section concludes with a detailed bibliography of Serbian language sources divided by historical period.  The second section describes in significantly greater detail the sources and institutions of history in Serbia, including historical faculties of various universities, the specialized institutes at the Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Matica Srpska series, etc.  Most of the section provides detailed accounts of Serbian archives throughout the country, as well as collections at the most prominent Serbian museums, cultural organizations, and libraries. The third and longest section of the encyclopedia presents an annotated list of historians and writers.  The focus is Serbian historians, but also included are prominent names from outside the country, such as Romanian historian Nicolae Iorga, Russian academician Sergei Nikitin, and Byzantine scholar Dmitry Obolensky.  Incdluded also are a short index and list of abbreviations.    



Srbi: Biografije Znamenitih A-Š. Paunović, Marinko (Beograd: Emka, 1998) 299p.  UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Former Yugoslav Reference (Slavic) Q.949.7100922 P286s

This biographical collection of famous Serbs throughout history is useful as an introduction toward deeper research into historical figures.  Many entries are accompanied by rare photographs of the historical figure, together with a condensed, factual description of his/her accomplishments and contributions to Serbian national culture.  Detached, professional approach is helpful particularly in discussing controversial figures such as Gavrilo Princip.  



100 najznamenitijih Srba, Zvonimir Kostić ; saradnici Ljubiša Urošević ... et al. (Beograd : Princip ; Novi Sad : Š-Jupublik, 1993.) UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Former Yugoslav Reference (Slavic) 920.0497 St61.

Similar to Srbi: Biografije Znamenitih, except that the descriptions are more detailed and lengthy (as only one hundred people are discuused), beginning from the mythical 12th century founder of the medieval Serbian kingdom Stephan Nemanja all the way to post-war anti-socialist realist poet Vasko Popa. The problem with this volume is that unlike the latter mentioned, its objectivity is highly suspect due to numerous contested, nationalistic claims. The volume is thus more interesting to historians as an expression of Serbian nationalism than as a biographical reference source.



Matica Srpska, 1826-1964. Matica Srpska: Novi Sad, 1965. UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Former Yugoslav Reference (Slavic) 506 MAT2mi

This is basically a history of Matica Srpska, beginning with the setting and people responsible for getting the literary association of the ground in 1826, through its role as a leading literary and cultural voice in Serbian society for generations through national consolidation in the late 19th century, war and tragedy in the first half of the twentieth and of course a rather ideologically driven description of socialist Yugolsav society and intellectual life after WWII. What is of course useful abut this work for historians is that it is impossible to write a history of Matica Srpska without writing, to some extent, a history of Serbian society and intellectual life. In that sense it it is about more than a literary association and publisher.



Pregled Hrvatske, Srbske, in Makedonske Književnosti Ravbar, Miroslav. (Maribor: Založba Obzorja, 1958). 433pp. UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Former Yugoslav Reference and Oak Street Facility 891.8209 R76p

This condensed and informative review of Serbian, Croatian and Mecedonian literary history (from the Sovene point of view) is impressive, although it is not accessible to many readers because it is written in Slovene. It covers the entirety of three national-literary traditions beginning with the divisions in South Slavic dialects (an important tradition in Slovene literary historiography), then moves into the religious publishing traditions (and their regional differences) of the middle ages. The bulk of the work focuses on the modern period, especially the romatic and realist literary traditions of the Serbian and Croatian nineteenth century authors. The high-point of literary production is of course communist Yugoslavia, where there is a blsnding of literary energies for the benefit of the socialist fatherland. This is a very useful review for those able to decipher Slovene, with photographs and biographical descriptions of practically every noteworthy writer in the history of each tradition.