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  • Carvalho Monteiro Collection


  • Amy Olson's 2021 Junior Fellows project in the Collections Management Division helped locate and digitally reunite the 30,000 books in the Carvalho Monteiro Collection. Carvalho Monteiro (1848-1920) was a Brazilian-born Portuguese businessman, philanthropist and entomologist who discovered many plants and insects in Brazil and Portugal. His library focused on Portuguese culture and history and became an important source material on art, architecture, and decorative arts in a variety of languages. He also had a special interest in the flora and fauna of Brazil. His impressive book collection was sold to the Library between 1927 and 1929 with no acquisition list. Since 2012 over 25 volunteers and interns have worked to find the collection dispersed in the Library's General Collections. Olson continued this work by researching Carvalho Monteiro's life to find clues for the collection, creating a spreadsheet of future search options, and updating the Carvalho Monteiro Database and the Library of Congress Bibliographic Database with the provenance and images of confirmed books, including a collection of Voltaire's work. Locating and digitally reuniting this collection is important for better understanding Carvalho Monteiro's life, Portuguese history, and book history, and to make these materials available to future researchers worldwide.

Event Date

  • July 21, 2021

Running Time

  • 4 minutes 7 seconds

Online Format

  • video
  • image
  • online text





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