17.720 Library of Congress and National Library of Brazil Launch Joint Web Site

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 720.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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             Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 06:34:40 +0000
             From: "Laura Gottesman" <lgot@LOC.GOV>
             Subject: Library of Congress and National Library of Brazil Launch
    Joint Web Site

    Library of Congress and National Library of Brazil Launch Joint Web Site
    Dedicated to U.S.- Brazil Interactions

    Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and President of the National
    Library of Brazil Foundation Pedro Correa do Lago have launched a
    collaborative Web site that explores the historical similarities and
    contrasts, ethnic diversity and interactions between Brazil and the United
    States.

    "The United States and Brazil: Expanding Frontiers, Comparing Cultures,"
    part of the Library of Congress's Global Gateway collaborative digital
    library initiative
    [http://international.loc.gov/intldl/find/digital_collaborations.html],
    includes some 9,800 images from the rare book, manuscript, map, print and
    photographic collections of the Library of Congress and the National
    Library of Brazil. The site represents the first phase of a continuing
    project by the National Library of Brazil and the Library of Congress that
    is being carried out under a cooperative agreement signed by Billington and
    Correa a do Lago. The site can be accessed at
    http://international.loc.gov/intldl/brhtml/.

    The project focuses on five main themes related to the history of Brazil
    and its interactions with the United States: "Historical Foundations,"
    "Ethnic Diversity," Culture and Literature, "Mutual Impressions" and
    "Biodiversity. "

    Among the items available on the site in digital form are letters by
    President Thomas Jefferson about Brazil's independence
    movement, illustrations of 19th century Brazil by the French artist Jean
    Baptiste Debret, drawings by Maria Graham, Lady Calcott, documents relating
    to the reigns of the Emperors Pedro I and Pedro II, 18th century maps, and
    the text of "O Guarani," Brazil's earliest heroic poem.

    "The United States and Brazil: Expanding Frontiers, Comparing Cultures" is
    bilingual, in English and Portuguese, and is intended for use in schools
    and libraries and by the general public in both countries and around the
    world. The project grew out of a visit to Brazil in 1999 by Librarian of
    Congress Billington and subsequent discussions between the two libraries
    about the numerous parallels in the histories of the two largest countries
    in the Americas. Support for the project was provided by the Vitae
    Foundation of Sao Paulo, Brazil, directed by Josť Mindlin, and the Library
    of Congress.

    "The United States and Brazil" is part of the Library's Global Gateway
    initiative of digital library collaborations with leading libraries and
    cultural institutions from around the world. Other Global Gateway projects
    are underway or planned with libraries in Russia, Spain, Egypt, France, and
    Japan.

    The Library of Congress, founded April 24, 1800, is the nation's oldest
    federal cultural institution. It preserves a collection of 128 million
    items * more than two thirds of which are in media other than books. These
    include the largest map and film and television collections in the world.
    In addition to its primary mission of serving the research needs of the
    U.S. Congress, the Library serves all Americans through its popular web
    site (www.loc.gov) and in its 22 reading rooms on Capitol Hill.

    The National Library of Brazil is the largest in Latin America. It was
    founded in 1808 with the collections of the Portuguese Royal Library. It
    preserves a collection of approximately 9 million items, including books,
    stamps, illustrations, manuscripts, maps and audiovisual materials. Its Web
    site is at www.bn.br.

    Questions?
    Please contact the Library of Congress's Global Gateway Project Team using
    the web form available at: http://www.loc.gov/help/contact-international.html

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