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

Folha Weekly 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 Visiting Professor in Harvard's Department of History (2004-2008) more


Thesis Prize

Dona Santinha Revisitada

Thursday, 21 May 2015

New blog this week

Dona Carmela Dutra is often remembered as "Dona Santinha." She was a lady well known for her fervent Catholic moralism. She is said to have been responsible for the outlawing of gambling in Brazil in April 1946. She is also blamed for the purging of the communist party members from the Brazilian legislature in 1948. 

"Dona Santinha" it is claimed was the “power behind the throne" during the rule of her husband, Marshal Eurico Gaspar Dutra, the first democratic president elected after the fall of the Vargas dictatorship in 1945 (even though Dutra had served as minister of war for Vargas between 1936 and 1945

Of course gambling did not end in Brazil in 1946. The casinos were put out of business.  Thousands lost their jobs. The great Quintandinha Palace Hotel in Petropolis, Poços de Caldas in Minas Gerais, and the Casino of Urca in Rio de Janeiro, all lost their glamour and their “raison d’être.”  But the "jogo do bicho" continues to thrive. And lotteries are run at the Federal and State levels through the Caixa Econômica. 

But I have been impressed while I have been in London this past week by the marvellous cultural investments which have been made as a result of funds granted from the British Lottery Fund. It struck me that it is a model that combines the insatiable human desire to gamble. And the impossibility of legislating it out of existence as "Dona Santinha" wished. With the very best of public results.