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


Thursday, 25 June 2015

New blog this week

Racism has raised its ugly head again in the United States. Most grotesquely in the murder last week of nine African-American parishioners, including the pastor, Reverend Clemente Pinckney, a Democratic member of the South Carolina state senate, who were participating in a bible class at the 200 year old Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, the oldest African-American congregation in the Southern United States. The mass killings were allegedly perpetrated by a 21-year old white racist gunman, Dylann Roof, who had posted on a website white supremacist writings, a racist manifesto, and photos of himself holding a confederate flag.

President Barack Obama, who knew Pinckney, expressed his deep frustration over this latest episode in a in long list of killings of African-Americans over the past twelve months. As well as over the hopeless task of ever weaning Americans away from their seemingly obsessive love of firearms. And the failure of his efforts to persuade the Congress to tackle the issue of gun controls against the powerful influence of the National Rifle Association (NRA), the gun-rights lobbying group. And the resilience of the constitutional guarantee of right to bear arms, and of general public apathy on the question of his efforts to implement effective gun control measures.