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Brazil: Political Pamphlets

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 3032 S 320 PAM
Held at: Institute for the Study of the Americas
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Full title: Brazil: Political Pamphlets
Date(s): 1968-
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 8 boxes
Name of creator(s): Institute for the Study of the Americas


Administrative/Biographical history:

The majority of the materials held in the collection here date from the period of military rule over Brazil between 1964 and 1985. Following the overthrow (with the alleged support of the United States) of the Goulart administration a series of generals presided during a period characterised by unprecedented economic growth and social repression. The former phenomenon, driven by huge state-backed industrialising projects such as the construction of the Itaipu hydroelectric dam and later by external borrowing culminating in the 1980s debt crisis, failed to bridge the inequalities of Brazilian society, as testified to here in the materials produced by development groups such as the Federação de Orgaos para Assistência Social e Educacional (FASE) as well as those of Christian organisations both indigenous and foreign. The latter is evinced here in the items produced by human rights and Latin American solidarity groups, whilst the restictions on organised labour which appeared to tie together authoritarianism and economic progress were increasingly challenged by the late 1970s by strikes particularly in the São Paulo industrial region, strengthening both the union confederations that are represented here and their political offshoot, the Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT). The grievances of rural and urban organisations working for land and labour reform continued to be expressed as Brazil transferred to civilian government after 1985, with the holdings here from this period being dominated by the Central Unica dos Trabalhadores (CUT) rather than the burgeoning number of political parties emerging in the post-military scene.


Scope and content/abstract:

Pamphlets, leaflets, newsletters, reports, conference reports and histories, 1968 onwards issued by 13 de Maio, Articulação Nacional de Movimentos Populares e Sindicais, Associação das Mulheres (São Paulo, Brazil), Associação de Cooperação Comunitária das Áreas Problemas de Salvador, Associação de Cooperação Comunitária das Áreas-Problema da Região Metropolitana de Salvador, Associacão Difusora de Treinamentos e Projetos Pedagógicos, Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, Campanha da Fraternidade (Brazil), Cáritas Brasileira, Carrefour International, Catholic Church, Central Unica dos Trabalhadores (CUT), Centro de Aperfeiçoamento do Trabalhador-Betim (CAT), Centro de Defesa dos Direitos Humanos de Sao Miguel, Centro de Documentação e Pesquisa Vergueiro, Centro de Estudos de Cultura Contemporânea, Centro de Estudos do Trabalho (Brazil), Centro de Estudos, Pesquisa e Planejamento (Rio de Janeiro), Centro de Informação, Documentação e Análise Sindical, Centro de Pastoral da Comunicação (Pacom), Centro de Pastoral Vergueiro, Centro Ecumênico de Documentaçao e Informaçao, Christian Aid, Collectif de Soutien à la lutte Révolutionnaire du Peuple Brésilien, Comissão Arquidiocesana da Pastoral dos Direitos Humanos e dos Marginalizados de São Paulo, Comissão de Bairros de Belém, Comissão de Fábrica dos Trabalhadores da Barbará, Comissão de Pastoral Operária Nacional(CPO Nacional), Comissão Nacional Pró-CUT, Comissão Pastoral da Terra, Comité Belge Europe-Amerique Latine, Comitê de Solidariedade aos Revolucionarios do Brasil, Comité de Solidarité avec le peuple Brésilien, Comité de Solidarité France-Brésil, Committee of Returned Volunteers, Comunidades Eclesiais de Base (Brasil), Confederação Evangélica do Brasil, Confederação Nacional de Trabalhadores na Agricultura (Brazil), Confederaçoa Evangélica do Brasil, Confédération Française démocratique du travail, Conferência Nacional da Classe Trabalhadora, Conferencia Nacional de Obispos de Brasil, Congresso dos Trabalhadores nas Industrias Metalúgicas, Mecánicas e de Material Eléctrico do Brasil, Congresso dos Trabalhadores Rurais, Coordenadoria Ecumênica de Serviços (Brazil), Corporate Accountability Research Group, Departamento de Criação e Promoções da Editora Abril (Brazil), Departamento de Imprensa Nacional (Brazil), Departamento Intersindical de Estatística e Estudos Sócio-Econômicos (Brazil), Diocese de Marabá-Pará, Ediciones Tierra Nueva, Encontro das Classes Trabalhadoras, Encontro Nacional de Experiências de Medicina Comunitária, Encontro Nacional do Partido dos Trabalhadores, Equipe Reconstrução, Federação de Orgaos para Assistência Social e Educacional (FASE), Federação e Sindicatos de Comerciários de Santa Catarina, Federation of Agricultural Workers of the State of Pernambuco, Frente Nacional do Trabalho, Fundação Centro de Estudos do Trabalho, Fundação Wilson Pinheiro, Indigena, Inc., Instituto Apoio Jurídico Popular, Instituto Cajamar, Instituto de Ação Cultural (Brazil), Instituto de Estudos Amazônicos, Instituto de Estudos Sócio-Econômicos (Brasília, Brazil), Instituto Metodista de Ensino Superior (São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil), Instituto Sedes Sapientiae (São Paulo, Brazil), Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, International Commission for the Co-ordination of Solidarity Among Sugar Workers, International Committee of the Red Cross, International Young Christian Workers, Liberation (Movement for Colonial Freedom), Metalúrgicos Comunistas de São Paulo, Movimento de Oposição Sindical Metalúrgica de São Paulo, Movimento Democrático Brasileiro, Movimiento Sindical de Trabalhadores Rurais (Brazil), Núcleo de Educação Popular (Brazil), Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT), Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Russell Tribunal on Repression in Brazil, Chile, and Latin America, SAPUCAI-Centro de Assessoria-Pouso Alegre-MG, Secretaria do Trabalho e Bem Estar Social (Bahia, Brazil), Secrétariat de la JOC internationale, Serviço de Integração de Migrantes (Brazil), Sindicato da Indústria Petroquímica e de Resinas Sintéticas no Estado da Bahia, Sindicato dos Plásticos de São Paulo, Sindicato dos Metalurgicos de Barra Mansa, Sindicato dos Metalúrgicos de Campinas e Região, Sindicato dos trabalhadores metalúrgicos de São Paulo, Sindicato dos Trabalhadores na Indústria Petroquímica no Estado da Bahia, Sindicato dos Trabalhadores nas Inds, Sindicato dos Trabalhadores nas Indústrias Metalúrgicas, Mecânicas e de Material Elétrico de Sao Bernardo do Campo e Diadema, Sindicato dos Trabalhadores Rurais, Sociedade Paraense de Defesa dos Direitos Humanos, Unidade Portuária, United Nations, Universidade Federal de Paraíba, World Council of Churches, and the Young Christian Workers International Secretariat.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
Portuguese, some French, English, odd item in Spanish.

System of arrangement:

Randomly within boxes (at present)

Conditions governing access:

Open for reference purposes to all researchers and postgraduate students.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies can usually be obtained - apply to library staff.

Finding aids:

Records at item level on library catalogue (SASCAT)

Archival Information

Archival history:

The majority of the materials held in the political archives of the Library Institute of Latin American Studies originate from the Contemporary Archive on Latin America (CALA), a documentation and research centre on Latin America which donated its holdings upon its closure in 1981. This core collection has continued to be supplemented by further donations and by materials acquired through the visits of Institute staff and their contacts to the relevant countries.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Institute for the Study of the Americas

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also Political Pamphlet material for the rest of Latin America, as well as related material in the library's main classified sequence, all held in the ILAS library.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Description compiled by Daniel Millum, Political Archives Project Officer at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the Institute for the Study of the Americas.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Created 01/02/2005 AIM25

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