The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2010

Exhibition and Lecture Featuring the Collection of the late Miguel Corte-Real

Friday, October 22nd, 2010 at 6:00 PM
Prince Henry Society Reading Room of the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives,
Claire T. Carney Library, Parking Lot 13.

Free and open to the public

Miguel de Figueiredo Corte-Real
Miguel de Figueiredo Corte-Real

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives announces the opening of the exhibit "Miguel Corte-Real: the Man and his Collection" and a lecture, organized in collaboration with the Claire T. Carney Library.

The event will take place on Friday, October 22nd, 2010 at 6:00 PM, in the Prince Henry Society Reading Room of the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, Claire T. Carney Library, Parking Lot 13.

Curated by librarian/archivist Sonia Pacheco, the exhibit features key items from the collection, such as books and archival documents. Irene de Amaral, a PhD candidate in the Department of Portuguese at UMD, who is using the Côrte-Real materials to research her doctoral dissertation, will speak about her experience using the collection and its importance for the field of Azorean studies in the U.S.

Born in Ponta Delgada, S. Miguel, Azores, to Luis de Figueiredo Lemos do Canto Corte-Real and Filomena M. da Conceição, Miguel de Figueiredo Corte-Real was the youngest son of an old aristocratic family. He was raised in Santa Maria, an island which always held a special place in his heart. In 1969, he immigrated to the United States with his wife and children and settled in New Bedford.

Miguel de Figueiredo Corte-Real
Miguel de Figueiredo Corte-Real
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Unlike the majority of immigrants who arrive in the U.S. with little more than a suitcase of personal items, Miguel Corte-Real was able to bring along an extensive number of cherished family heirlooms and household items including a large number of books, manuscripts and other historical documents. Once established in his new country, he continued to add to his existing library and archive by collecting items associated with the presence of the Portuguese in the U.S. In 2008, he donated his personal library and archive to the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives asking that the collection receive the name of his father Luis de Figueiredo Côrte-Real.

Miguel Corte-Real’s library was the work of a lifetime and contains rare, and sometimes difficult to find volumes. Considered by some to be the best private collection of Açoriana outside of the Acores, it includes fictional works by Azorean authors and about the Azores; comprehensive histories of individual islands and of the archipelago; geographical and geological studies;

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