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.


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.

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

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

Kenneth Maxwell Collection


The Art of Stealing (A Arte de Furtar)

Sunday, 1 October 2017

O Globo Monthly Column

Thesis Prizes

There is a dispute over who wrote “The Art of Stealing" ("a arte de furtar"). 
For over two hundred years the work was attributed to the great 17th century Jesuit Antonio Vieira. The place of publication was claimed to be Amsterdam in 1652. More recently scholars working in the secret archive of the Vatican have claimed the work was in fact written by Manuel da Costa, another Portuguese Jesuit. 
By Kenneth Maxwell

The long and troubled legacy of slavery unfolded again last weekend in Charlottesville, which is the home of the University of Virginia.  Thomas Jefferson designed its Rotunda.
His recently restored statue stands before it.
This is where the white “nationalists” marched with their burning torches, as well as gathering at the statue in Charlottesville of the Confederate military commander, General Robert E Lee.
Charlottesville is close to Jefferson’s hill top mansion of Monticello.