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Preserving the Memory of Brazilian Science: personal archives of professors and researchers of the University of São Paulo

Grant number: 12/08378-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2012
Effective date (End): June 30, 2014
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Information Science - Archival Science
Principal researcher:Ana Maria de Almeida Camargo
Grantee:José Francisco Guelfi Campos
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Over their functional life at the University of São Paulo (USP), researchers and professors work on the fields of teaching and scientific investigation, also mounting up management positions. These activities generate a rich source of documents usually kept in their offices and laboratories. However, what happens to such documentation when they leave the academic staff? This study aims to answer this question. By recognizing the relevance and the informational potential of such archives - repositories of not only the individual memory of their creators, but also of the university itself and, by extension, of Brazilian scientific life -, and by facing the various operations of archives preservation developed by USP colleges and institutes without following common guidelines or frameworks, our purpose is to map the existence of such documentation in the different campuses of the University of São Paulo, characterizing their conditions of access and preservation. The result to be achieved is double-faced: on the one side, we aim to elaborate a guide, adopting the framework of the archival literature on finding aids elaboration; on the other side, we aim to diagnose the circumstances of acquisition, custody and treatment to which the documents were submitted, in a historical perspective. This study should provide subsidies for the creation, in short and medium term, of a memorial policy compatible with the importance of the University of São Paulo.

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(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
CAMPOS, José Francisco Guelfi. Preserving the memory of brazilian science: the personal archives from teachers and researchers of the University of São Paulo. 2014. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas São Paulo.

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