The Odebrecht Historical Research Award - Clarival do Prado Valladares encourages the recovery of historical memory in Brazil and in other countries in which the Group is present, creating sponsorship opportunities for projects that contribute significantly toward an improved understanding of economic, social-political or artistic development.
Created in 2003, the initiative has already made it possible to generate and record original knowledge about the Pre-Colombian period on Brazilian territory, the sugar trade during the first years of effective colonization, the role that religious orders played in national education initiatives and the engineering and urbanization of our cities during the 19th and 20th centuries, among other topics.
The result is a collection of art books, published with care and richly illustrated. The works are distributed free of charge to universities and cultural institutions and available for sale at bookstores.
Of the 10 works produced within the sphere of the Odebrecht Historical Research Award, four were considered for the Jabuti Award – the most important and traditional in the Brazilian publishing market, organized by the Brazilian Book Chamber.
In 2009, the publication A História do Brazil de Frei Vicente do Salvador ("The History of Brazil by Monk Vicente do Salvador"), written by Professora Maria Leda Oliveira, earned second place in the Graphic Design category. The following year, the work by Maria Helena Ochi Flexor and Monk Hugo Fragoso earned first place in the same category, entitled Igreja e convento de São Francisco da Bahia ("Church and Convent and Saint Francis of Bahia").
In 2011, the book Theodoro Sampaio – nos sertões e nas cidades ("Theodoro Sampaio - In the Backlands and in the Cities"), by Ademir Pereira dos Santos, earned first place as well in the Graphic Design category and third place in the Architecture and City Planning category. In 2013, the Jabuti Award was granted to the book O Comércio do Açúcar – Brasil, Portugal e Países Baixos (1595 - 1630) (“The Sugar Trade – Brazil, Portugal and the Low Countries - 1595-1630), by Daniel Strum, which came in 2nd in the Graphic Design category.
The book O mapa que inventou o Brasil ("The Map that Invented Brazil"), by Júnia Ferreira Furtado, was winner in the Human Sciences category for the 2014 edition of the Jabuti Award.