A group of ten Brown undergrads, under the coordination of History Department graduate student André Pagliarini and the direction of James N. Green, Céspedes Chair in Latin American History, have started Phase III of Opening the Archives Project. Begun in summer of 2012, this collaborative project with Brown University Library, the Brazilian National Archive, the State University of Maringá, Brazil, and the U.S. National Archive in College Park Maryland, has the goal of digitizing, indexing, and making available online 100,000 U.S. government documents related to the Brazilian military dictatorship (1964-85). During the last two summers, 15,000 documents have been scanned and 9,000 are already available online.
Andrew Jones of the Brown Daily Herald wrote a terrific piece on Phase I of the project, which involved the digitization of records in the National Archives. The new phase of this project involves documents from the Kennedy administration on Brazil. Throughout the fall semester three teams of Brown undergrads, including many History concentrators, will be traveling to the Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston to identify, scan, and index documents. The goal is to publish the documents online by May 2015.