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World Cup online collection and exhibit

June 17, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Hi there, I hope you are staying cool on this very, very hot day. I walked to Saxby’s during lunch to grab a sandwich, and well, I don’t think I want to leave the building again until at least 10 PM.

Early today, Luis González, my counterpart at Indiana University, sent out an e-mail about an online collection and related exhibits to the SALALM listserv. They are from the Museu do Futebol in São Paulo and are housed on Google’s “Cultural Institute” platform.

Pay special attention to the options available in the upper left and right corners, they can refine and reorganize the display very quickly; I love that you just have to click to refine the results, although there is also a search option as well. I don’t believe the metadata is quite complete yet, but with just under 400 items, browsing is still manageable for the moment.

The site is here, and is really a great look into the history of futebol. Complete link:

PS: I did a quick search on “World Cup” in GEORGE, and we definitely have some interesting titles about the tournament!

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Copa do Mundo!

June 3, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Hi everyone. It is summer and I was away during graduation, so first, congrats to the new graduates! I look forward to meeting the new Georgetown students soon.

The World Cup starts next week. Today I want to offer some resources that offer different perspectives on it. By no means is this list exhaustive, it is just some resources I have come across.

First, the Brazilian government has established their own page. I found the videos at the very bottom of the page to be of particular interest; under “Histórias das Copas,” you’ll find interviews with historians, players, and other commentators discussing previous Copas.

On Twitter, you can find very recent information and news using the #copamundial2014 hashtag. Note that on the left you can break the search down by category. If you need more English-language news and comments, use the tag #worldcup2014.

Want to dig a bit deeper? That’s what the library is for! (Although to be fair, you can also do the first two things in the library as well!) We have a research guide for the Sports Management program in the School of Continuing Studies, and I found some excellent articles in the Sports Business Research Network database. I had better luck with finding articles about the World Cup using the keyword search on the right rather than clicking on the “soccer” link in the middle. SPORTDiscus also had a lot of good articles.

The site, which is part of the larger Catalytic Communities organization, has produced and written many news stories about the social and economic complexities surrounding the tournament.

Finally, try out Latin American Newsstand to get more Latin American perspectives; it is available on my Latin American Studies research guide. I had much better results with Copa Mundial 2014 as a search than the English. Note that you can limit by location and language as well, on the right side of the screen.

Right now we are on hold for new purchases until the fiscal year starts again next month, but I’m certain that there are already are Brazilian books out there about the Copa. I’ll try to find a few right after I finish this post, and let me know if you know of any, I’ll be happy to try to get them.

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Opening the Archives: Documenting U.S.-Brazil Relations, 1960s-80s (Brown University and Universidade Estadual de Maringá)

April 1, 2014 · Leave a Comment

I read an article in today’s Post about the 50th anniversary of the coup that began over 20 years of dictatorship in Brazil. I just checked out the online archive that is mentioned at the end of the article, and it is here. At this time, it contains over 3800 documents, mostly from the US State Department, about this turbulent time in Brazil. Para falantes nativos do português, note que é possível escolher a língua do site. I didn’t find many materials from the CIA at this point, but it appears more will be added later.

Once you are “in” the archive via the link on the home page, take note of the menu on the right to narrow or broaden your search as needed. My librarian brain hopes that at some point these are placed in alphabetical order, but for now it is easy enough to browse and find more specific terms. Also important to know is that the search box on the home page does not search the archive, but rather the informational pages attached to the home page; you have to “enter” the archive first in order to search it using the box at the top. The documents themselves are easy to read and can be manipulated in several ways. Click on the down arrow on the bottom right to navigate and zoom, and you can share links to the document with the symbol on the upper right corner. Finally, you can view the document in other formats at the bottom, including pdf for printing, under “More Ways to View this Item.”

Many thanks to Brown University and the Universidade Estadual de Maringá for providing this important resource about this troubled time in Brazil’s history. I will be adding this to my Latin American Studies and Brazilian Studies research guides later today. Full link:

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Diário de Pernambuco (University of Florida)

April 30, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Today I received the news that the University of Florida’s Latin American collections have digitized early 19th-century issues of Diário de Pernambuco, which is believed to be the oldest Latin American newspaper still in circulation. I am copying and pasting the entire press release below. Not quite every issue is up yet, but at the moment there are over 10000 issues available…plenty to look through for now! I am trying find a search function, and I will update this post once I know more about that. You can get to the entire collection here. The press release follows:

“Announcing the Diario de Pernambuco, November 1825 – March 1863 Online

April 2013

The Latin American Collections in the Special & Area Studies Collections Department, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida are proud to announce the online launch of the Diario de Pernambuco, starting with the first issue on November 7, 1825 through March 1863.

The Diario de Pernambuco is acknowledged as the oldest newspaper in circulation in Latin America. The issues from 1825-1923 offer insights into early Brazilian commerce, social affairs, politics, family life, slavery, and such. Published in the port of Recife, Brazil, the Diario contains numerous announcements of maritime movements, crop production, legal affairs, and cultural matters. The 19th century includes reporting on the rise of Brazilian nationalism as the Empire gave way to the earliest expressions of the Brazilian republic. The 1910s and 1920s are years of economic and artistic change, with surging exports of sugar and coffee pushing revenues and allowing for rapid expansions of infrastructure, popular expression, and national politics.

See the Diario de Pernambuco in the UF Smathers Libraries’ South American Digital Collections here:

The Diario de Pernambuco is held by very few libraries, and only on microfilm, making it difficult to conduct research and even to access this important publication. Recognizing this critical need, Richard Phillips, Head of the Latin American Collections at UF, proposed and was awarded funding to conduct the first phase of this project. The first phase of the digital project to digitize the Diario de Pernambuco is now complete with the first issue from November 7, 1825 through March 1863 now all openly online for worldwide access. The Latin American Collection has submitted a proposal for funding a second phase of this important project.

Funding for the digitization of Diario de Pernambuco provided by LAMP (formerly known as the Latin American Microform Project), which is coordinated by the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Global Resources Network. Ongoing support for the open, full, and free online access and permanent digital preservation provided by the UF Smathers Libraries.

Note: The functionalities and features of the [UF Digital Collections or Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC)] are supported using the UF-developed SobekCM software. SobekCM is released as open source software under the GNU GPL license and can be downloaded from the SobekCM Software Download Site: To learn more about the technologies, please visit the SobekCM page:]

Richard Phillips, Head of the Latin American Collections,, 352-273-2746
Laurie Taylor, UF Digital Collections,, 352-273-2902”

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Two local collections

April 4, 2013 · Leave a Comment

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve visited two excellent library collections that are right here in DC, The Oliveira Lima Library at the Catholic University of America, and the Dumbarton Oaks Library and Archives, which are actually part of the Harvard University Library system.

The Oliveira Lima Library began as a donation from the writer and diplomat Manoel de Oliveira Lima, who actually ran the library himself after he donated it to CUA. While it chiefly focuses on Brazil, it contains titles from throughout the world. If you wish to use the collection, please give careful attention to the collection’s access policies. Like many specialized collections, it is important to have a good idea to know what you’re searching for before you contact the library. Here at Georgetown, we have quite a few works by Oliveira Lima, including a catalog about the rarest titles in the collection, as well as a more general (yet incomplete) print catalog. In this tab of the WRLC catalog, I was able to limit my results to only the Lima library as well. The Catholic University of America is quite accessible, just off of the Red Line, about a 15-20 minute trip from the Dupont Circle stop towards Glenmont.

The Dumbarton Oaks library specializes in Pre-Columbian art and culture, and primarily serves scholars who are in residence at the research center there. However, for other specialized researchers, generally at the graduate level and above, it is possible to obtain a weekday pass. Like the Oliveira Lima Library, because of its special and often quite rare materials, it is not possible to simply walk in and use the collection, so please see the access rules for more information. The librarian there also mentioned that there is a strong collection on the linguistics of indigenous languages, both historical and present-day. Also take note of their fellowships, which would also provide access to the collection for their duration. To search the collection, you use Harvard’s library catalog. Its advanced search allows you to limit your search specifically to Dumbarton Oaks.

Dumbarton Oaks is about a 15-20 minute walk from the Georgetown campus, and even you don’t end up doing research there, take some time to visit its beautiful grounds, they are stunning.

In the future, I will be visiting other collections in the area and writing about them here. No library has absolutely everything, and so learning more about what’s nearby helps everyone.

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Brazilian translation grants; Hurricane Sandy help

November 8, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Yes, I am still alive and blogging! It feels like I’ve been away from my desk more than at my desk over the past few weeks but I do have a moment to post something. I hope everyone got through the storm ok. More information (en español) about how to get help, if you know anyone who needs it is here.

Via PublishNews Brazil, I found out about a program sponsored by the Biblioteca Nacional that promotes Brazilian literature abroad. Translators can apply to receive grants to translate Brazilian literature into other languages, as well as travel to and within Brazil for research for his or her translations. The article I read is here, and the application and more information is available from the Biblioteca here.

Let me know if you know of any other programs in other countries. I do know of the Dalkey Archive program, but I’m sure there are others.

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Some new titles from Brazil

July 10, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Three new things just arrived that may interest those researching or studying in Brazilian literature and cultural history.

The first is a new series called Roteiro da poesia brasileira, fifteen titles in all. Each volume in the series deals with a specific topic or decade. The series is mostly an anthology, but also contains a good amount of information about each poet.

The second is a short graphic novel called Quando meu pai se encontrou com o ET fazia um dia quente, by Lourenço Mutarelli. Here are a couple of pages from the book:
And a publisher’s blurb about it is here.

And the third is an unusual title about banquet menus. Yes, banquet menus! But banquet menus from the Belle Époque, when the Brazilian elite were being heavily influenced by French culture and aesthetics. It is titled Para uma história da Belle époque : coleção de cardápios de Olavo Bilac. Those who are interested in food history, the history of the Brazilian elite, relations between France and Brazil, or even in historical graphic design should take a look at this book. Sample page:
More about the book here.

These take a bit of time to get to the shelves (we receive many books throughout the year), but please get in touch if you would like them rush-processed. My e-mail is

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Two quick things

June 29, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Still here! It’s just been a busy week of working on a reference publication project, meetings, and getting used to non-conference living again. I have two quick posts today, and when I return from my vacation next week, I will write more about SALALM and also a great new electronic resource that we have just purchased, called Digitalia.

First, last fall I went to a presentation by Theresa Williamson, head of Catalytic Communities, an organization in Rio that works on improving the lives of people who live in the city’s favelas. And today I received an e-mail from them saying they have a new film available, called “Favela como Modelo Sustentável | Favela as a Sustainable Model.” It is excellent, and you can watch it here (in Portuguese with English subtitles.)

Second, on Sunday, in conjunction with the Joan Miró exhibit there, the Institut Ramon Llull is holding a concert at the National Gallery of Art called “Sounds of Catalonia.” More info here.

Off next week, and then back to semi-regularly scheduled posting. Happy 4th!

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Fernando Henrique Cardoso wins award from the Library of Congress

May 15, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Former president of Brazil Fernando Henrique Cardoso has just won the Kluge Prize for the Study of Humanity from the Library of Congress. There will be a ceremony on July 10 at the Jefferson Building. More details here.

I took a tour of the Hispanic Reading Room and the library’s other area studies reading rooms not too long ago, and learned a great deal about the Kluge Center in the process. A friend of mine was a fellow there in 2008, and he said it was one of the best academic experiences he has ever had. More information about the Center and its various programs is here.

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Marcelo Jeneci

April 27, 2012 · Leave a Comment

I was lucky to see this excellent Brazilian singer/songwriter last fall at the Millennium Stage series at the Kennedy Center. If you haven’t gone to these concerts, they are every day at 6 PM (including all holidays!) and often include Latin American and Iberian performers, and…they are FREE.

Marcelo Jeneci interpreta "Felicidade"

More on the Millennium Stage series here.

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