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:

Royal Príncipe da Beira Fort

Príncipe da Beira Fort, constructed at the end of the 18th century at the edges of the Guaporé River (currently in the state of Rondônia), was part of an extensive line of defense of Colonial Brazil. It was there that the Portuguese troops and pioneer populations undertook the task of integrating the national territory.

Real Forte Príncipe da Beira, published in 1985, is the historical report of this building, which is based on a detailed document survey. The work was published in two languages (Portuguese / English), written by José Maria de Souza Nunes and complemented by the cartography and iconography of researcher Isa Adonias.

Rui Barbosa – Photobiography

Journalist, politician and lawyer, Rui Barbosa (1849-1923) played an important role in the events that marked the fall of the Empire and establishment of the Republic in Brazil at the end of the 19th century. Rui Barbosa – Fotobiografia is a collection of photos, phrases and images designed to present his life and thoughts in an encompassing and dynamic way.

Launched in 1999, the project was part Projeto Memória (“Memory Project”) and celebrated the 150-year anniversary since his birth. The book is the result of extensive research in an archive made up of 60,000 documents and over 2,000 photos and caricatures stored at the Rui Barbosa Home in Rio de Janeiro.

A project undertaken by the institution’s president, Mario Brockmann Machado, Rui Barbosa – Fotobiografia received contributions by researchers Rachel Valença, Maria Lúcia Ludolf, Isabel Lustosa and Rejane de Almeida Magalhães. Karyn Mathuiy was responsible for the graphic design.

Stories from the Charity Hospital

Histórias da Santa Casa, written by Elmar Bones, narrates the 200-year history of the Santa Casa De Misericórdia de Porto Alegre (or Charity Hospital) based on the personal stories of thousands of families from Rio Grande do Sul. The work received Odebrecht’s sponsorship and was launched in 2003.

Stories to Make you Smile

In Histórias para Sorrir, Rio Grande do Sul author Luiz Carlos Barbosa Lessa shares a collection of stories and poetry. The book was launched in 2005 after receiving Odebrecht sponsorship.

Sugar in Turbulent Waters: Trade between Brazil, Portugal and Holland (1595-1618)

Author: Daniel Strum, Economist and Historian.
Project: The work describes the trade process of Colonial Brazil’s main commodity, sugar, and presents an overview of changes in the production, trade and consumption of the product from the colonization of Brazil to the Dutch invasion in 1630.