Memory of Brazil's Landless Rural Workers Movement - MST

The Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) archive provides a unique perspective on the formation and operation of civil society movements. This archive preserves the organization's past and present commitment to radical agrarian reform, land and resource distribution to working/farming families, and creating a more equitable democratic society.

Brazil’s Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) is one of the most significant social movements in Latin America history. This project seeks to preserve and share its memory through cataloging and digitizing a large collection of documents, photographs, publications, recordings and institutional records. These are severely threatened by two factors: The archive suffers deterioration through humidity and uncontrolled temperature changes in the basement of the MST’s national headquarters in São Paulo where they are stored. Political uncertainty in Brazil makes the archive vulnerable to sequester and destruction.

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Location: Brazil, South America, Americas Organiser(s): Modern Endangered Archives Programme (MEAP), Casa Brasileira de Pesquisa e Cooperação Project partner(s): Casa Brasileira de Pesquisa e Cooperação, Landless Rural Workers Movement National Headquarters in São Paulo Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: $49,800.00 Commencement Date: 01/2022 Project Status: Active
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