Encouraging the preservation and propagation of Society's memory is crucial for strengthening collective identity and guaranteeing the sustainable development of the Communities. Attentive to this fact, Odebrecht invests in the archives of institutes, biographies and records marking the history of different countries and corporations.
They are works such as the one that reconstructs the journey of Brazil's discovery; which narrates the end of the Empire and the instauration of Republic in Brazil, or the one that details how the population of African descent helped build the country. There are also the biographies, such as of Castro Alves and Father José de Anchieta; and the compilations of works, such as the Itamaraty Map Collection, a dictionary of scientific biographies and a work by Italian naturalist Antônio José Landi, completed in the 18th century, which features sketches of Brazilian fauna and flora.
In 1946, the French man Pierre Verger began his long journey across the five continents. He arrived in Bahia and made it his passion and object of study, with Salvador as his permanent home. What he recorded as a photographer entered through his retinas. Absorbed by intellect, he then decided to become an ethnologist.
For the 50 following years, Verger delved into studies on the religion of the Yoruba Indians and their descendents in Africa and Brazil. He studied the political and social-economic consequences of slave trafficking for Brazil and the medicinal and liturgical use of plants.
To tell this story and celebrate the 100-year anniversary since his birth, in 2002, Cida Nóbrega and Regina Echeverria gathered testimonials, documents and photographs in the book Verger - Retrato em Preto e Branco (“Verger – Portrait in Black and White”). The book, published by Editora Corrupio, received Odebrecht sponsorship and the support of the Pierre Verger Foundation.
With a presentation by Arlete de Andrade Soares, one of Verger’s closest colleagues and publisher of this work, the book became a main source sought after by researchers and scholars from all over the world.
Visões da Terra, entre Deuses e Máquinas, produced by Rualdo Menegat, gathers texts and images from the exhibit Visões da Terra, undertaken by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.
The exhibit presents some of the moments of the great human adventure to learn more about the planet. Even though these visions of the cosmos are recorded in history, they also reflect the stages of cognitive course that each one of us, as individuals, pass through to understand the world we live in.
Using an interdisciplinary approach, the book seeks to explore dialogues on the visions of our world - the means for developing a culture of sustainable life on this planet.