2657 - The Image of the Getúlio Vargas Government Through the Latin American Library¿s Collections, Tulane and Vanderbilt Universities

The first government of Getúlio Vargas (1930-1945) has garnered considerable attention among scholars in Brazil and abroad. The regime’s political and social policies, foreign policy, labor regulations and relations, the suppression of the Left and cohersion of political opposition, as well as the cultural project of the Estado Novo (1937-1945) spearheaded by Departamento de Imprensa e Propaganda (DIP) have all received considerable attention. However, the propaganda efforts of the regime targeted towards an international audience have not been widely studied, especially when we consider that the Vargas era was contemporaneous with the Good Neighbor Policy and World War II, which urged the union of the whole continent. In this context, library collections preserved in important US institutions can help determine what kind of materials a nd information North American scholars had access to about the Vargas regime.

The subject is relevant especially when one takes into account that collections policies that determined the systematic acquisitions of books, special collections and microfilm projects started only in the mid-1950s, a full decade after the period I propose to research. The materials gathered in the libraries most likely came as donations from the Brazilian government and its agencies or they could be a result of professors interested in Brazil as their subject of studies or who had the opportunity to visit the country. M y research will identify these books as evidence of propaganda produced directly or indirectly by the DIP, as well as the books published by editors and authors who promoted Vargas.

Keywords: DIP, Vargas's cultural project, Estado Novo

Author: Tania Regina, DE LUCA (UNESP, Brazil / Brasilien)


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