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 book Brasil Contemporâneo, by Fernando Schüler and Gunter Axt, gathers 30 critical essays on modern Brazil, addressing a range of different topics, from politics to painting. The publication received Odebrecht’s sponsorship and was launched in 2006.
“Botocúndia” was both the ironic and affectionate name that writer Monteiro Lobato (1882-1948) gave to Brazil. The nickname reflected the backward and underdeveloped aspects that he so worked to combat, with all the might of a hurricane.
Monteiro Lobato: Furacão na Botocúndia presents the multiple artistic, business and political facets of Brazil's greatest children's writer, responsible for provoking a true editorial revolution in the country. Produced from the research of family archives, museums and public and private libraries, the work presents many unpublished documents and images, revealing aspects that are less well known to the public.
Launched in 1997 as part of Projeto Memória – a partnership with the Banco do Brasil Foundation – Monteiro Lobato: Furacão na Botocúndia features a preface by bibliophile and businessman José Mindlin. The texts are by Carmen Lúcia de Azevedo, Márcia Camargos and Vladimir Sachetta, with illustrations based on photo reproductions by J. S. Rangel and Jaime Acioli.
Monteiro Lobato: Furacão na Botucúndia received the Jabuti Award in 1998 in the “Essay and Biography” category and was elected the Book of the Year in the “non-fiction” category.
The novel Netto Perde sua Alma, by Tabajara Ruas, tells the story of the Rio Grande do Sul hero, General Antônio de Souza Netto, who was injured during the Paraguay War. The work, sponsored by the Odebrecht, was published in 1998.
The most remembered by Brazilians when asked to cite the name of a scientist from the country, Oswaldo Cruz is a central reference in the country’s area of medicine. Not only for his victories in the fight against diseases, such as yellow fever, but also for having instituted a new medical mentality. He commanded expeditions that mapped the country’s major health issues and led the institute – which today carries his name – to become a center of excellence in scientific research.
The book was published within the sphere of Projeto Memória, through a partnership between Odebrecht, Banco do Brasil Foundation and the Oswaldo Cruz Institute. Oswaldo Cruz – o médico do Brasil presents the work and personality of the scientist against the backdrop of Brazilian society during the First Republic.
The book features texts by journalist Humberto Werneck, backed by the careful research of the Oswaldo Cruz Home. The book includes illustrations and photos from the personal archive of the biography subject, articles published in newspapers of the time and excerpts from correspondence exchanged with family members, friends, physicians and scientists. Through these resources, the work presents a living portrait of the man who became a true monument to Brazilian science.
Ever since he entered Navy School, Admiral Trajano Augusto de Carvalho (1876-1942) fed his desire to register the main epic events of the Brazilian Navy on canvas.
Nossa Marinha – Seus Feitos e Glórias – 1822-1940 shows how this project came to life. The publication features 89 watercolors painted by Trajano, from 1908 to 1940, portraying important episodes and ship profiles that date back to the very creation of the Brazilian Imperial Navy in 1822.
Published in 1986 in two languages (Portuguese / English), the book involved the general coordination of military commander Max Justo Guedes and historical research and final text by the Belmiro de Lyra Maia.