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).....read more

“Brazilianists, God Bless ‘Em”

Friday, 15 January 2016

O Globo Monthly Column

Thesis Prize

I recently rediscovered Richard Morse's occasional paper on the "Brazilianists." In 1980 I had been elected chair of the Brazil Studies Committee of the American Historical Association. It was a two year term. We decided to devote the annual session to a discussion of the recent publications of the "Brazilianists." The first year we invited Fernando Novais of the University of Sao Paulo to New York. In 1981 we invited Richard Morse to Los Angeles.

Richard McGee ("Dick") Morse was at the time the William Bonsall Professor of History at Stanford. Born in 1922, his family had been among the very earliest settlers in New England, arriving in the early 17th century. He had attended Hotchkiss, Connecticut's most prestigious private school. Like his father, he had attended Princeton University.

After military service in the Pacific during the final stages of WW2, he completed a PhD at Columbia University. His dissertation was a history of the urban development of Sao Paulo, published in Brazil in 1970. He then taught at the University of Puerto Rico, Yale, and Stanford, before ending his career as the director of the Latin American program at the Wilson Centre in Washington DC. 
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