St John’s College, Cambridge University

The Kenneth Maxwell Collection at St. John’s College, Cambridge University consists collection of books covering colonial Brazil (with a emphasis on the 18th century, through the establishment of the Portuguese Court in Rio de Janeiro in 1808, until the recognition of Brazil's independence by Portugal in 1825); and on Portugal (covering the period from 1750, with a special focus on the rule of the Marques de Pombal. In addition, there is a contextual collection of books on colonial Latin America, books of maps and photographs of Brazil, and books concerning Atlantic history in the period of the American Revolution.

For a description of the Maxwell Collection by Professor Gabriel Paquette click The Eagle 2012 extract.pdf

St John’s has also announced a new Celso Furtado Fellowship which will bring a leading Brazilian historian or humanities scholar to Cambridge each year.

Princeton University

Princeton University Library Special Collections: "Documenting the Portuguese Revolution 1962-1994

The maxwell fund also finances purchases for Brazilian materials for the manuscript collection

Harvard University
The Kenneth Maxwell Thesis Prize in Brazilian Studies was awarded for the first time in the Spring of 2005, and was established to recognise the best Harvard College senior thesis on a subject related to Brazil. Candidates may be nominated by their department/concentration/instructional committee, or candidates may nominate their own thesis. This annual prize is funded by a gift to The Rockerfeller Centre DRCLAS from Professor Kenneth Maxwell. The prize carries a monetary award of $500.The Kenneth Maxwell Summer Research Grant established by Harvard Rockefeller Center in honour of Professor Kenneth Maxwell and his life long commitment to Brazil and the study of its history. A $2,000 grant awarded annually to a graduate or professional school student for summer research in Brazil.

Princeton University
Kenneth Maxwell Senior Thesis Prize. The Program in Latin American Studies awarded for the best thesis related to Brazil. May be in any field or discipline. The Prize carries a monetary award of $500.

Kenneth Maxwell Collection

Press Column

Kenneth Maxwell was the founding Director of the Brazil Studies Program at Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) (2006-2008) and a Professor in Harvard's Department of History (2004-2008) more


Monday, 17 October 2016

O Globo Monthly Column

Thesis Prize

We like to believe that we succeed on our own merit.  But in fact this is rarely the case. Certainly I did not. I owe a great deal to the intervention of others. 

First was Harry Hinsley  He interviewed me and offered me a place at St. John’s College, Cambridge University, when I was 15. I went up to St. John's when I was 18. He later became master of St. John's College and the vice-chancellor of Cambridge University. While a student at St. John's, at the beginning of WW2, he had been recruited to work on cryptanalysis at Bletchley Park, the legendary British code breaking establishment. Later he helped the US in Washington DC decode Japanese signals. None of this we knew while we were his students in the early 1960s. It was Harry Hinsley who first suggested during a history supervision at St. John's that I should "look south"  by which he meant Latin America, which at the time was virtually unstudied in the U.K. Which of course I did. First to live for a year in Spain and Portugal to learn the languages. Later to do research in Brazil. Professor Sir Harry Hinsley died in 1998.