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:

Four Hundred Years of the São Bento da Bahia Monastery

The São Bento da Bahia Monastery, founded in Salvador in 1582, was the first Benedictine institution constructed on American soil – and also the first to be maintained outside Europe.

Together with its important religious role of diffusing the Catholic faith, the Bahia institution also earned a name thanks to the formation of a rich archive of sacred art and historical documents.

Launched in 1982 to celebrate the fourth centennial since its foundation, Quatrocentos Anos do Mosteiro de São Bento da Bahia is a sample of this archive, highlighting architecture, relics, religious imaginary, painting and furniture. The trilingual publication (Portuguese / English / German) also emphasizes the monastery’s historical importance through documents, old maps of the city of Salvador, blueprints, drawings and views.

The book also features the historical and reflective texts of D. Paulo Rocha, D. Timóteo Amoroso, Clarival do Prado Valladares and Waldeloir Rego, who seek to rescue the founding spirit of the Order of the Benedictines.

Frontiers of Thinking, Portraits of a Complex World

Fronteiras do Pensamento, Retratos de um Mundo Complexo was produced by Fernando Schüler, Gunter Axt and Juremir Machado da Silva. The work contains texts that are largely IPSIS VERBIS transcriptions of the conferences that took place during the Fronteiras do Pensamento (“Frontiers of Thinking”) lecture circuit, 2007 edition.

The book, sponsored by Odebrecht, was launched in 2008.

General Osório and His Times

Sponsored by Odebrecht and published in 2008, General Osório e seu tempo was written by José Antônio Severo and focuses on the life of General Osório in a narrative that blends history and literature. The book reconstructs the facts that led to the definition of Brazil’s Southern borders.

Germanness in Brazil

Written by Nina Tubino, A Germanidade no Brasil describes the German presence in Brazil and celebrates the 150-year anniversary of Germânia, the first Porto Alegre association to gather German descendents. The work received Odebrecht’s sponsorship and was launched in 2007.

Graminho, Soul of a Sail Boat

A typical vessel in the region of Recôncavo Baiano (deep recess), the sail boat played an important role in Bahia’s economic and cultural formation. The secret to its impressive resistance was the appropriate use of the graminho, a special carpentry instrument the Portuguese brought from India. The device guarantees the precise marking and cut in boat construction.

Graminho, a Alma do Saveiro – is the product of 20 years of research by architect and Explorer Lev Smarcevski – it presents the history and a detailed technical inventory of the construction of this vessel. The work takes the reader on a true journey through the imaginary of the Bahian people.

Published in 1996 in two languages (Portuguese / English), with organization by Bruno Furrer, Graminho, Alma do Saveiro features a preface by Jorge Amado and drawings by the author himself.