Recognition of Culture


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.

The following is the Group's archive:

Brazilian Fauna and Flora – 18th Century

Italian architect and naturalist Antônio José Landi came to Brazil in 1756 at the request of D. João V of Portugal. For approximately six years, he traveled the Amazon to register the region's flora and fauna. His pictorial representations constitute a documentation of major historic, scientific and artistic value.

Fauna e Flora Brasileira – Século XVIII gathers the work of Landi – considered a faithful record of the greatness and might of the Amazon. A true landmark in scientific studies, his sketches are considered valuable documents on national zoological botany to this very day.
Launched in two languages (Portuguese / English) in 1986, Fauna e Flora Brasileira – Século XVIII presents the historical research of Isa Adonias and scientific research of Arline Souza de Oliveira, Carmen Lúcia de Almeida Ferraz, Dante Luís M. Teixeira and Gustavo Wilson Nunam. The preface is by landscaper Burle-Marx.

Brazilian Historical and Geographical Institute - 150 Years

In 1838, a group of politicians, military officials, historians and intellectuals founded the Brazilian Historical and Geographical Institute (IHGB) in Rio de Janeiro. Despite their different professions and ideas, they had one common objective: to promote the collection, systematization, analysis and disclosure of documents considered crucial to the study of national history and geography.

A commemorative edition to mark the 150 years since the foundation of IHGB, and published in1990, Instituto Histórico e Geográfico Brasileiro – 150 Anos features an in-depth study into this successful adventure in national historiography.

Researcher Isa Adonias was responsible for the text and project and historian Américo Jacobina Lacombe for the preface – at the time Chair and Vice-Chair of the institution, respectively. The work gathers documents, books, maps, currencies, lithographs, paintings, porcelain, photographs and periodicals. It also features objects associated with the Imperial governments, naturalists’ expeditions, the so-called “Minas Gerais Conspiracy” and the Abolition of slavery. It further includes information on Brazil’s immigration and colonization process, the city of Rio de Janeiro and the institute itself.

Cabral – The King’s Traveler – The Origins of Brazil

Pedro Álvares Cabral (1467- 1520) was the last of the great Portuguese explorers from the 15th century. His discovery – a country called Brazil – holds importance not only for the universe of the Portuguese language, but primarily for being a part of the inaugural moment of the Modern Age.

Cabral, o Viajante do Rei – As Origens do Brasil reconstitutes the explorer's adventure through unchartered seas under the orders of D. Manuel, king of Portugal. Published in 2000 as part of the Projeto Memória (“Memory Project”), the book was included among the celebrations for the 500 Years Since the Discovery.

Published in two languages (Portuguese / English), José Manuel Garcia contributed with research and text, Ana Laura Moura with the editorial coordination and Victor Burton and Adriana Moreno with the graphic design. The book seeks to combine the scientific rigor of the information with the visual and iconographic wealth of the maps, engravings from the period and illumination drawings.

The launch of Cabral, o Viajante do Rei – As Origens do Brasil complemented the exhibit by the same name, which was presented during 2000 in 300 Brazilian cities, including all states of the country.

Castro Alves (Poetry and Biography)

It is thought that Antônio de Castro Alves (1847-1871) and Gonçalves Dias (1823-1864) perhaps share the title of greatest Brazilian Romanticism poet. However, he certainly earned a name in the social sphere with his adamant criticism of slavery and his defense of Abolition.

The literary virtues and biographical tribulations that immortalized him are gathered together in Castro Alves (Poesias e Biografia), a two-volume edition published in 1997. The book was launched for the 150-year celebration of his birth as part of Projeto Memória (“Memory Project”).

The biographic volume summarizes the romantic life and political involvement of Castro Alves, whose work is defined by Flávio Aguiar, Literature professor at University of São Paulo, as “an invitation into the world of imagination.” The book of poetry includes his most famous works on romantic, idyllic and social themes, illustrated by different painters – including Carlos Bastos, Calasans Neto, Emanoel Araújo and Carybé.

With preface by Eduardo Portella, Castro Alves (Poetry and Biography) features the biographical research of Maria da Graça Mascarenhas and photos by Mário Cravo Neto.

Complete Works

Obra Completa, by João Simões Lopes Neto, gathers the books published during the life, the posthumous plays, theater production and rarer texts of the regionalist writer. The work, sponsored by the Odebrecht, was launched in 2003.