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Building Preservation Knowledge in Brazil

pub86. Building Preservation Knowledge in Brazil
(11/99, 46pp) $15
ISBN 1-887334-71-8

This report describes a highly successful project to mobilize preservation awareness and action throughout Brazil.

The project, which has trained more than 3,600 staff members from libraries, archives, and museums throughout the country, began in 1996 and will end phase II of its activity in 2000. The report shows how a core group of committed individuals organized a “grass roots” effort in preservation so broad and effective that it reached parts of Amazonia accessible only by boat. In 1998, the Brazilian government recognized the project by awarding it the prestigious Rodrigo Melo Franco de Andrade, the country’s highest award for achievement in cultural heritage.

In his foreword to the report, CLIR’s Director of International Developments Hans Rütimann notes that the project had a modest beginning. It started as a request to the Commission on Preservation and Access (later incorporated by CLIR) to help support the translation of important preservation literature into Portuguese. It then grew to include workshops and the creation of a national preservation database and a preservation map of Brazil, thanks to significant support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Vitae.

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