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Patrimonio Digital Complutense: basic guide

Guide about the use and contents of the portal for the diffusion of the Complutense Digital Collection (


The content of PDC is structured into a number of collections based primarily on their format:

  • Manuscripts
  • Incunabula
  • Printed books
  • Engravings and drawings
  • Maps and plans
  • Photographs
  • Doctoral theses (up to 1920)

The development and improvement of PDC's functionalities has led to the creation of other types of documentary sets based on time-based and/or thematic criteria that facilitate the retrieval of information by users.

Currently, the large collections of Manuscripts, Incunabula and Printed Materials can also be accessed by period. Under the Collections menu, if we choose "By chronological order" we find this structure:

  • Medieval Manuscripts (9th-15th c.)
  • Modern manuscripts (16th-18th c.)
  • Contemporary manuscripts (19th-21st c.)
  • Incunabula
  • Printed manuscripts (16th c.)
  • Printed manuscripts (17th c.)
  • Printed works (18th c.)
  • Printed works (19th c.)
  • Printed works (20th c.)

And if we choose "Thematic Collections" we will find a set of collections selected by subject, origin or other criteria, which facilitate a more friendly navigation and the location of works.


Access to item collections

The different groups of collections can be accessed from the PDC:

- via the drop-down menu Collections.

- through the Documentary Collections and Thematic Collections buttons, or through the Highlighted Collections accesses.

In addition, the results page will always display a list of those documents that belong to the same collection and that, in the same way, may be included in other collections according to their authorship, subject and/or format.

In this case, three of the works belonging to the "Treasures" collection appear. Clicking on the images will take you to the record of the work with the possibility of viewing the full text.

This work is also assigned to other collection: "Manuscripts". Click on the images to access the list of documents included in each of them.