Library of Congress and National Library of Brazil
Launch Joint Web Site Dedicated to U.S.- Brazil Interactions

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and President of
the National Library of Brazil Foundation Pedro Correa
do Lago have launched a collaborative Web site that explores
the historical similarities and contrasts, ethnic diversity
and interactions between Brazil and the United States.

"The United States and Brazil: Expanding Frontiers, Comparing
Cultures" <>,
part of the Library of Congress's Global Gateway
collaborative digital library initiative
includes some 9,800 images from the rare book, manuscript,
map, print and photographic collections of the Library of
Congress and the National Library of Brazil. The site
represents the first phase of a continuing project by the
National Library of Brazil and the Library of Congress that
is being carried out under a cooperative agreement signed
by Billington and Correa a do Lago.

The project focuses on five main themes related to the history
of Brazil and its interactions with the United States:
"Historical Foundations," "Ethnic Diversity," Culture
and Literature, "Mutual Impressions" and "Biodiversity."

Among the items available on the site in digital form are
letters by President Thomas Jefferson about Brazilís
independence movement,  illustrations of 19th century
Brazil by the French artist Jean Baptiste Debret, drawings
by Maria Graham, Lady Calcott, documents relating to the
reigns of the Emperors Pedro I and Pedro II, 18th century
maps, and the text of "O Guarani," Brazilís earliest
heroic poem.

"The United States and Brazil: Expanding Frontiers,
Comparing Cultures" is bilingual, in English and Portuguese,
and is intended for use in schools and libraries and by the
general public in both countries and around the world. The
project grew out of a visit to Brazil in 1999 by Librarian
of Congress Billington and subsequent discussions between
the two libraries about the numerous parallels in the
histories of the two largest countries in the Americas.
Support for the project was provided by the Vitae
Foundation of Sao Paulo, Brazil, directed by Josť
Mindlin, and the Library of Congress.

"The United States and Brazil" is part of the Libraryís
Global Gateway initiative of digital library collaborations
with leading libraries and cultural institutions from around
the world. Other Global Gateway projects are underway or
planned with libraries in Russia, Spain, Egypt, France,
and Japan.

The Library of Congress, founded April 24, 1800, is the
nationís oldest federal cultural institution. It preserves
a collection of 128 million items - more than two thirds
of which are in media other than books. These include the
largest map and film and television collections in the
world. In addition to its primary mission of serving the
research needs of the U.S. Congress, the Library serves all
Americans through its popular web site <>
and in its twenty-two reading rooms on Capitol Hill.

The National Library of Brazil <> is the
largest in Latin America. It was founded in 1808 with the
collections of the Portuguese Royal Library. It preserves
a collection of approximately 9 million items, including
books, stamps, illustrations, manuscripts, maps and
audiovisual materials.

Questions and comments should be sent to the Global Gateway
Project Team at the Library of Congress via the team's web
form <>.