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date: 31 January 2023

Digital Resources: Personal Archives and Historical Writing about Brazillocked

Digital Resources: Personal Archives and Historical Writing about Brazillocked

  • Pedro Telles da SilveiraPedro Telles da SilveiraUNICAMP
  •  and Thiago Lima NicodemoThiago Lima NicodemoDepartment of History, Universidade Estadual de Campinas


Digital resources are an encompassing category that frames distinct digital projects, from the digitization of collections to the presentation and increased accessibility of already-digitized documents. In Brazil, digitization projects have gained momentum from 2006, spurred by the debates related to digital sovereignty, and have peaked around the interval between 2014 and 2016. Since then, the intensity of these debates and the rate of digitization of collections have dwindled. Nonetheless, large projects, such as Biblioteca Brasiliana Digital and the numerous projects led by the Biblioteca Nacional do Rio de Janeiro, have become increasingly relevant in the current landscape of Brazilian historical research. Besides these developments, the scenario of digitization in Brazil has opened up space for different initiatives, among them personal archives. Although personal archives evoke numerous theoretical dilemmas, such as the distinction between private and public spheres and the deliberative agency of their forms of organization, they have been among the many roads to digitization of collections in Brazil. To understand the place that personal archives occupy among the digitization projects in Brazil, it is therefore necessary to understand how the more general category of digital resources has developed in Brazil.


  • History of Brazil
  • Digital Innovations, Sources, and Interdisciplinary Approaches

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