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:

History of Brazilian Literature

História da Literatura Brasileira, by Carlos Nejar, is a research work on the origins of Brazilian literary creation and its development. The work, sponsored by the Odebrecht and launched in 2007, takes a look at the main writers of the Brazilian Portuguese language.

José de Anchieta

Spanish Jesuit José de Anchieta (1534-1597) arrived in Bahia in 1553 and from there, continued on to the Port Authority of São Vicente, where he created the Piratininga School and helped found the city of São Paulo. He left a vast collection of work there, including theater records written in a mixture of Spanish, Tupi-Guarani and Portuguese, which marked the origins of theater in Brazil.

Published in 1987 in two languages (Portuguese / English), José de Anchieta outlines the story of the Jesuit, from his birth and childhood in Spain, to his arrival in Brazil, on through the conversion and defense of the Indians. Written by Father Hélio Abranches Viotti, one of the greatest specialists on the topic, the book includes a rich iconography of sites, objects, works of art and documents associated with Anchieta’s life.

Juscelino Kubitschek – Dream Catcher

In its sixth edition, Projeto Memória (“Memory Project”) – a partnership between the Banco do Brasil Foundation and Odebrecht to revitalize national memory – celebrated 100-years of Juscelino Kubitschek with a photobiography.

Published in 2002, Juscelino Kubitschek, o Tocador de Sonhos narrates the personal and political history of "JK," which often closely mirrors the country's own history during the period. The book features texts by journalist Humberto Werneck and some 300 images selected by researcher Paulo Cesar Azevedo.

The results of the study that originated in the work were presented to the public at a traveling exhibit, shown in 300 cities and 26 Brazilian states and in the Federal District. The work was also transformed into a documentary and primer distributed free of charge to elementary and high school students and teachers.

Luiz Rossetti: the Faceless Editor & Other Aspects of the Press in Rio Grande do Sul

Luiz Rossetti: o Editor Sem Rosto & Outros Aspectos da Imprensa no Rio Grande do Sul is a historic survey of the Rio Grand do Sul culture and press. In this work, writers Elmar Bones and Carlos Reverbel also outline a profile of Luiz Rossetti. The Italian activist created and directed O Povo, the official newspaper of the Rio Grande do Sul republic during the so-called “Farrapos War.”

The work, sponsored by the Odebrecht, was launched in 1996.

Map – Images from the Formation of Brazilian Territory

The Ministry of Foreign Relations Map Collection – Itamaraty – is home to a valuable cartographic collection with thousands of geographic maps, nautical charts, atlases, blueprints and drawings that register the entire Brazilian territory starting with the 16th century.

Little known to the general public, this rich archive is partially presented in Mapa – Imagens da Formação Territorial Brasileira. Published in 1993 in three languages (Portuguese / English / Spanish), historian Isa Adonias was responsible for the research, text and cartographic selection for the trilingual publication. Graphic artist Bruno Furrer was responsible for the photographs and organization.

The most important moments of our past are documented in the book: from the first records left by Américo Vespucio (1451-1512) and Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) to the sketches of the naval combat during the Cisplatine War of the 19th century, on through the French and Dutch occupations in the Northeast.