US library hosts exhibit on Brazilian Independence
Historical facts related to the Brazilian Independence process will be on display at the Oliveira Lima Library of the Catholic University of America, in Washington DC. The exhibit runs through September 10.
Locals and Brazilians living in the US can visit the event to check out books, pamphlets, engravings, paintings, sculptures and other items related to Brazilian Independence, even including personal items of the imperial family. "The purpose of the exhibit is to celebrate the date of Brazilian Independence at the university, taking advantage of the occasion to inform the academic community and the Washington region about the history of Brazil while at the same time highlighting the Oliveira Lima Library as a unique collection in the United States", explains Nathalia Henrich, interim director of the Library.
Some of the pieces that stand out include the bronze bust of Dom Pedro I, who posed for sculptor Marc Ferrez in 1826; a plate used for the service of Emperor Dom Pedro II; a pamphlet printed in 1824 with Dom Pedro I's proclamation to the subjects of the Empire of Brazil; and a copy of the work "Journal of a Voyage to Brazil, and Residence There, during Part of the Years 1821, 1822, 1823", published in 1824 by British writer and artist Maria Graham and which belonged to the author herself.
The Oliveira Lima Library is dedicated to the history and culture of Portugal and Brazil. It features books, manuscripts, pamphlets, maps, photographs and works of art. The original collection of 40 thousand volumes was part of the personal library of Oliveira Lima (1867-1928). It currently has 60,000 printed works plus more than 700 manuscripts. The collection includes Portuguese chronicles of the time of the exploration; the history of religious orders in the Portuguese world, especially works by and about Jesuits; the social, cultural, and diplomatic history of nineteenth-century Portugal and Brazil; and the complete works of a wide range of Portuguese and Brazilian writers.