Building distinguished collections one title at a time-3: S/No.: SEM NÚMERO: MODA, IMAGEM, CULTURA NO BRASIL.

Our library is set to acquire a set of Brazilian periodicals, “S/no.: Sem Número: Moda, Imagem, Cultura No Brasil.”

S/No.: SEM NÚMERO: MODA, IMAGEM, CULTURA NO BRASIL. N. 1, Jul. 2002-2015.- São Paulo, Editora Bookmark, Livre Conteudo. ISSN 1677-2164.

S / N magazine was launched in 2002 by photographer Bob Wolfenson and journalist Hélio Hara as a platform for unusual creative encounters and has established itself over the years as a relevant publication on fashion and culture in Brazil. LIVRE Content has been part of the magazine’s team since 2010, acting as editor and Ricardo Feldman as Publisher.

Photos below courtesy of Sandra of S.Bach.


Trial: Classic Brazilian Cinema Online (Brill) ends on June 6, 2020

Classic Brazilian Cinema Online

Classic Brazilian Cinema Online
Editor: Rafael de Luna Freire
Resource self-description: “A unique collection of digitized historical film magazines from the 1910s to the 1970s, providing students and researchers with easy access to rare and previously dispersed sources documenting the cinematographic history of the largest country in Latin America.”

If you now go to you will find you have complete access to the resource. Brazilian cinema gained international acclaim through the Cinema Novo of Glauber Rocha, Nelson Pereira dos Santos and other directors in the 1960s. Yet Brazil produced numerous films throughout its various regions since as early as 1896. Until now, a proper appreciation of early Brazilian cinema has been hampered by the loss of a significant number of the films, as well as a lack of available printed sources pertaining to Brazil’s movie industry.”

The trial will go on through June 6, 2020

Sources from the Cinemateca do Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM) in Rio de Janeiro; New York University Libraries; and four private collectors in Brazil
• Unique access to more than 60 magazines • Fan magazines, trade magazines, Cinema Novo magazines
• Covering the period 1913–1974 • Ca. 75,000 full-color images • Full-text search functionality

Fair Academic Use Only.
These images may be protected by the U. S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C).

Select new books from Brazil

In light of the Lava Jato scandal and subsequent arrest of the former president Lula, Brazilian printshops have been publishing several different narratives of the events. The batch of the books below also contains some of these books that are dedicated to Lava Jato scandal that the readers might be of some interest.  Please click on the image of the cover art of the book below and you will access the album of photos of different Brazilian books.

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“Literatura de Cordel” Collection at UC Berkeley

Literatura de Cordel” or “Cordel Literature or Literature on a string” represents a Brazilian literary tradition that revolves around selling these chapbooks by hanging them on strings at the stalls primarily in Northeastern Brazil.  At the UC Berkeley library,  we will be launching a limited collecting activity around developing a sustainable collection of these booklets. Most of these booklets are as a rule deposited in the Special Collections departments and circulate on a limited basis. As these do not go out on the Interlibrary Loan, it was deemed necessary to support and instructions of Professor Candace Slater and Professor Nathaniel Wolfson through limited acquisitions of these literary objects. Professor Slater’s book on the genre is well-known.  Please click on the icon below to access the images. The booklets will be deposited for building use only in our NRLF upon cataloging.

academic use only.
Literatura de Cordel Collection at UC Berkeley’s Doe Library!

Please note the following:

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Berkeley Library. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Primary Sources: Records of the US Department of State for Panama & Brazil

image of document from resourcesThe Library has recently acquired online access to these government documents:

Panama: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1950-1963
Documents in this collection trace U.S.-Panamanian relations during the Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy administrations. Issues relating to shipping and the significance of the Panama Canal during the Cold War include: “Panama Stymies Use of Her Flag in Vietminh Trade … A parallel situation exists in the trade with Red China” (September 1955); and “Ships Enroute to U.S. from Soviet or Satellite Ports” (October 1957). A letter to U.S. Ambassador Julian F. Harrington details “the possibility that the Conference on the Law of the Sea in 1960 would result in a general acceptance by the United States of a six-mile breadth of territorial sea” (April 1960). Other documents chart day-to-day aspects of the economy: a report on sugar production with tables on sugar production and consumption (June 1950); and an announcement by the Panamá Canal Company of a contract award for native lumber (August 1952).

Brazil: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1960-1963
This archive focuses on Brazil in the early 1960s. Sample documents include a report from Recife on the cultivation and export of pineapples, “especially in the states of Pernambuco and Paraíba,” as “an increasing source of foreign exchange for the Northeast.” A November 1962 memorandum details the issuance of 40 billion cruzeiros in new currency “to meet runs on commercial banks during the political crisis, gradually flowing back to the Bank of Brazil following the return of normal conditions.” The collection covers the period following the resignation from the presidency of Janio Quadros in 1961 and the succession of Vice President Joao Goulart, whose years in office were marked by high inflation, economic stagnation, and the increasing influence of radical political elements. The armed forces, alarmed by these developments, staged a coup on March 31, 1964, during the administration of U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Primary Sources: Brazilian Government Documents digitized by CRL

image of sealThis is the first of a series of posts featuring digitized collections available through the Center for Research Libraries (CRL).

In 2000, CRL, working with the Biblioteca Nacional do Rio de Janeiro, completed digitizing over 670,000 Brazilian government documents selected because of their scarcity, importance, and volume. It is not possible to search these collections; access points are described below.

Provincial Presidential Reports (1830–1930)

These state-level messages, issued annually, summarize activities within each province. Access is by province and year, while subject access to selected quantitative information is provided through the Subject Guide to Statistics in the Presidential Reports of the Brazilian Provinces, 1830–89 compiled by Ann Hartness.

Presidential Messages (1889–93)

The President’s annual message has summarized executive branch activities since Brazil became a republic in 1889. These documents are accessible by year and, where available, by the message’s table of contents.

Almanak Laemmert (1844–89)

The Almanak, published annually, reported on the Brazilian Royal Court. It listed officials of the Court and its Ministries. Also included were sections on provincial officials for Rio de Janeiro and a supplement including a variety of information such as legislation, census data, and commerical advertising.

Ministerial Reports (1821–1960)

Each federal ministry issues an annual report that recounts its activities. Access is by ministry, year, and table of contents (where available).