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

Brasiliana in São Paulo

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

O Globo Monthly Column

Thesis Prize

While I was in São Paulo recently I went to see the Itaú Brasiliana collection. Milú Villela had suggested I see it. She was a good friend of Martha Muse who I worked for at the Tinker Foundation in New York City during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Martha was a major
supporter of the Americas Society. It is the oldest organization in the United States which has as its major objective the promotion of better understanding between all parts of the Western Hemisphere.
Martha always attended its annual gala which is the Americas Society' major fundraising event, and she invited me to attend the party at the "Tavern of the Green," a legendary restaurant in Central Park as her
guest. Martha asked me to accompany Milú Villela for the evening.

The "Tavern on the Green" at the time was one of the most fashionable locations in New York City. It later fell on hard times, went bankrupt, and the owners became mired in law suits claiming sexual and racial discrimination. Donald Trump offered to rescue it. 



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