Today we continue our mini-series on digital repositories with a post on the Oliveira Lima Library Digital Collections, a site of interest to scholars of Brazil and Portugal. Nathalia Henrich has been the Director and Curator of the Oliveira Lima Library at the Catholic University of America since 2018. She holds a Ph.D. and MA in Political Sociology from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) where she also received a BA in Social Sciences. She has an MA in Political Science from the University of Salamanca and a BA in International Relations from the University of Southern Santa Catarina (UNISUL). Her research interests relate to intellectual history and the history of social and political ideas in Latin America in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century, especially in Brazil. Her recent publications include “Joaquim Nabuco e Oliveira Lima em diálogo: separados pelos Estados Unidos,” Revista de Historia de América (2019) and “Oliveira Lima and the Oliveira Lima Library at the Catholic University of America,” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History (2018). She co-edited “Projetos de Estado na América Latina Contemporânea (1930-1960)” (EDIPUCRS, 2019).
Oliveira Lima Library Digital Collections - The Oliveira Lima Family Papers
The Oliveira Lima Library at the Catholic University of America is a collection of books, manuscripts, pamphlets, maps, photographs, and works of art dedicated to the history and culture of the Ibero-American world, notably Portugal and Brazil. The collection reflects the interests and tastes of its founder, Brazilian diplomat, historian, and journalist Manoel de Oliveira Lima (1867–1928). He donated his personal library to CUA in 1916 and opened it to the public in 1924. Since then, the OLL has become one of the finest repositories of its kind in the United States.
In recent years, there has been a continuous effort to digitize and make available to the public one of the most relevant collections in the library, the Oliveira Lima Family Papers. Oliveira Lima was one of the most prestigious intellectuals and public figures of his time, publishing more than twenty books, numerous scholarly articles, and pieces in the national and foreign press. He was a member of a great number of learned societies in the Americas and Europe. As a diplomat, he represented Brazil in seven countries and three continents, not to mention his research trips. As a result of such a momentous life, he developed working and personal relationships with many of the most relevant intellectuals, academics, artists, diplomats, writers, and politicians in Latin America.
These relationships are recorded in an abundant correspondence that constitutes a key component of the Oliveira Lima Family Papers. The list of correspondents represented consists of more than 1200 names (people and institutions). Currently, correspondence from thirty-seven of them, including Euclides da Cunha and L. S. Rowe, is accessible through the Oliveira Lima Library Digital Collections repository online (see Figure 1). The letters, calling cards, notes, and postcards are all available for download.