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Goulart-Ladino-Leal collection

Identifier: MC-156

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of records related to all three generations of the Goulart family; Walter Goulart, Arthur Goulart I, Arthur Goulart Jr. and Arthur Goulart III. In the collection are photographs, albums, marriage, birth certificates, personal items and letters.


  • Majority of material found within 1917-2007

Language of Materials

Materials in English

Conditions Governing Access

No known restrictions

Biographical / Historical

Private Walter Goulart was born in New Bedford, Mass. on February 1, 1895, to Mr. and Mrs. Antone P. Goulart. Called on September 15th, 1917, he was sent to Camp Devens; transferred to Camp Georgia, and later embarked for France. During the Meuse-Argonne offensive, he died at Hill No. 180 on October 7th, 1918. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his service. Today, Walter Goulart is remembered as one of New Bedford’s first Portuguese distinguished heroes in the world war and is honored by the Goulart Square Monument, located in New Bedford, Mass.

Arthur Goulart Sr. (October 10, 1893- July 29, 1932), brother of Walter Goulart, was born to Azorean immigrants, Antonio Ferreira Goulart and Francisca Pereira. He was the first person of Portuguese descent to be elected to public office in southeastern Massachusetts. Representative Goulart served the 8th Bristol District of Massachusetts from 1929 to 1932. He was the first official in the New Bedford area to champion the cause of then Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt for President.

Arthur Goulart Jr. (April 22, 1917-May 29, 1979) was the son of Arthur Goulart Sr. and Florence Leal Goulart. He was a public servant for the city of New Bedford, Mass. He served in World War II and was married to Marie Anita Bertrande (Robert) Goulart; they had two children; Arthur Goulart III (February 6th, 1943-Septmeber 17, 2007) and Robert Goulart.

Arthur Goulart III, like his father, served in the U.S. Army from 1962 until 1964. He was a member of the Retired State, County and Municipal Employees Association. Arthur also served as a member of the New Bedford Police Department from 1977 until his retirement in 1998. He later worked at Heritage of Dartmouth. Detective Goulart dedicated his career to promoting social justice, specializing in cases concerning the elderly and children.


5 Linear Feet (4 photo binders, 1 large sized binder, 1 medium flat box, small flat box)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Rosemary Pereira, wife of the late Arthur Goulart III, July 2014 (accession #15-05).
Goulart-Ladino-Leal collection
Caterina Francisco
August 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the UMass Dartmouth Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives Repository

Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Rd.
N. Dartmouth MA 02747 USA