The Oliveira Lima Library

Originally the personal library of the Brazilian diplomat, historian, and journalist Manoel de Oliveira Lima; the Oliveira Lima Library has long been regarded as one of the finest collections of Luso-Brazilian materials available to academics.

Now this collection is more available than ever, thanks to Gale’s partnership with the library to digitise this content and present it in the new archive,
Brazilian and Portuguese History and Culture: The Oliveira Lima Library

This collection contains a ratio of approximately 70% Brazilian content to 30% Portuguese. A large majority of this archive is comprised of Portuguese language materials with additional content provided in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, and a number of other languages.

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Who was Oliveira Lima?

Manoel de Oliveira Lima was a well-known diplomat, journalist, and scholar during the early twentieth century. He developed an early appreciation of the importance of primary sources, acquiring works on Portuguese philology and etymology to complement his core collections in the history and literature of the Luso-Brazilian world. His travels gave him the opportunity to strengthen his collection, which he built for his own use and for the use of future generations of scholars.

Topics covered

Spanning the “long” 19th century, this collection turns the spotlight on Brazil and Portugal's history and culture, covering topics such as:

ColonialismBrazilian independence period
Slavery and abolitionThe Catholic Church
Indigenous peoplesImmigration
International relationsMedicine and public health
Economic developmentBrazilian and Portuguese literature

To date, Brazilian and Portuguese History and Culture: The Oliveira Lima Library comprises two parts:

Part I

This resource includes approximately 2,750 pamphlets, defined as monographs of fifty or fewer pages, representing more than 80,000 digitized pages of speeches, flyers, official decrees, sermons, poems, plays, concert and theatre programs, funeral orations, letters to editors, individual newspaper and magazine articles, and separata of newspaper and magazine articles. Covering a date range from 1800 to the mid twentieth century, many of these pamphlets represent the only known copy in the world.

Part II [New]

This resource includes approximately 1 million pages of monographs, the majority from 1800-1926.

Find out more about the Oliveira Lima Library

Related Resources from Gale include:

Sabin Americana, 1500-1926
Gale World Scholar: Latin America and the Caribbean
Archives Unbound
Making of the Modern World
Nineteenth Century Collections Online

This collection is available on Gale Primary Sources

Gale Primary Sources provides a seamless research experience that enables scholars to search across millions of pages of primary and secondary sources in the humanities from the 15th to the 20th centuries.

Please note:

“Our databases and digital archives are only available for institutions to trial and purchase. They are not available at this stage for individual subscriptions. For individuals seeking specific content within one of our resources, Gale, part of Cengage Learning does not have the rights to provide this service. If you wish to obtain a specific article, issue or book, please contact your library and enquire about online access to our products. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”