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Northern Brazilian chapbook collection

Identifier: MC-120

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of 67 chapbooks and 76 single prints by chapbook artists. The collection arrived in the same frames that were used to circulate the exhibit through the SITES program in 198?). The collection was compiled by Dr. Jose Neistein, BACI director and chief curator, from his travels to Northern Brazil.


  • 1981-1990

Language of Materials

Materials almost entirely in Portuguese with some English.

Conditions Governing Access


Biographical / Historical

In the markets of Northeast Brazil, where literatura de cordel, or chapbooks, are most popular, local poets hang their chapbooks from strings. “Literatura de cordel,” literally means “stories on a string.” The poets, known as cordelistas, entertain the market crowd by reciting their narrative poems about current events, morality, or the adventures of a famous folk hero. Chapbooks are illustrated by woodcut prints, photographs, and other cover art and are most often printed on newsprint stock.


143 items (143 items (67 chapbooks and 76 prints))

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from the Brazilian American Cultural Institute, January 2008, Accession # 08-11.

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Repository Details

Part of the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Repository

285 Old Westport Rd.
N. Dartmouth MA 02747 USA