This selective collection of pamphlets, serials, and posters organized by the Rio Office of the Library of Congress, makes accessible to researchers a body of primary materials, mostly non-commercially produced and difficult to acquire and obtain, which is basic to the study of grass-roots political and social movements in Brazil.
The initial collection, Brazil's Popular Groups: 1966 - 1986, was conceived as a means of documenting popular movements which grew during the period of Brazilian military rule (1964 - 1984) and after the inauguration of Brazil's New Republic in 1985. The twenty-year retrospective collection is followed by supplements for 1987-1989, 1990-1992 and annually thereafter. The documentation includes newsletters, house organs, reports, posters, collections of clippings, brochures, resolutions of congresses, educational manuals, independent news services, catalogs of publications and handouts. Geographically, all states of Brazil are represented in the collection.
The collection is arranged by subject, with fourteen broad topical groups
Agrarian Reform and Land Issues
Children and Youth
Education and Communication
Environment and Ecology
Ethnic Groups: Blacks
Ethnic Groups: Indians
Ethnic Groups: Others
Homosexual and Bisexual
Human and Civil Rights
Labor and Laboring Classes
Political Parties and Issues
Religious Organizations, Ecumenical Groups and Movements