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Jane Malinoff-Kamide Collection on Afro-Brazil

Identifier: MSS 0554

Scope and Content

This is a comprehensive and extensive collection on the history of Afro-Brazil issues in general, with a focus on literature, newspapers, scholars, poets, and organizations. The collection contains original newspaper issues of the first Black newspaper in Brazil, O Clarim D’Alvorada, as well as many copies of newspapers from the 1920s to the 1980s. The collection contains books and original publications and includes extensive documentation on notable Afro-Brazilian individuals such as Alberto Guerreiro Ramos, Paulo Colina, Oswaldo de Camargo, and Abdias do Nascimento, a poet, dramatist, scholar, activist, and 2010 Nobel Peace Prize nominee. This is a great collection for researchers interested in the history of Afro-Brazil, the rise of the Afro-Brazil press, poets, writers, and thinkers.


  • Creation: 1924 - 2023


Language of Materials

Includes materials written in English and Portuguese.


The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. Jane Malinoff-Kamide was a scholar who specialized in Afro-Brazilian literature, history, and culture. She earned her B.A., majoring in languages (Portuguese, French) and the social sciences, at the University of Florida in 1963. She went on to earn an M.A. in French Literature at Texas Tech University before deciding to concentrate her focus on Portuguese language and Brazilian Studies at Harvard University. In 1976 she was awarded her doctorate there in Romance Languages and Literatures with her thesis title being "From Anguish to Affirmation: A Study of Afro-Brazilian Poetry."

In 1977 Dr. Malinoff-Kamide took a position as Assistant Professor of Portuguese in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa, and during her three years teaching there, she set up a Latin American Studies Certificate Program for undergraduates and served as its coordinator. After receiving two traveling fellowships, she returned to her Alma Mater and was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in residence at the University of Florida's Center for Latin American Studies between June--December, 1980. In early 1981 she took up residence in Brazil and often travelled from Londrina, Parana to other major cities in the country while conducting her research. Two years into her stay in Brazil she took a position as an Associate Professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures in State University of Londrina, Parana. In 1985, Dr. Malinoff-Kamide returned with her family to the U.S. and eventually relocated to the Washington, D.C. area where she took a position with the State Department's Foreign Service Institute (FSI). Initially she managed the Portuguese Language Section but after the disintegration of the old Soviet Union, she was called on to make her skills "generic" and she eventually started up and managed more than 13 different languages over 9 years. In the year 2000, it was time for a change, and Dr. Malinoff-Kamide, left the FSI Language School and went back to an earlier love, Latin America Studies.

For most of the next 10 years she managed FSI's Western Hemisphere Area Studies, which entailed overseeing the work of the experts for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, Haiti, the Andean region, the Southern Cone, and Canada. She taught the course on Brazil until she retired in August 2011.

Dr. Malinoff-Kamide received more than five awards for meritorious service from the Department of State including three Meritorious Honors Awards, and one Superior Honor Award. She received multiple academic awards during her career, including a Tinker Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship, an AAUW Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship, and a Harvard Graduate Prize Fellowship. She received a Phi Kappa Phi Prize Scholarship and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Dr. Jane Malinoff-Kamide wrote a considerable number of academic articles and participated in over twenty conferences throughout her career.


2.68 Linear Feet (4 boxes)


An extensive and comprehensive collection on Afro-Brazilian literary history and general issues pertinent to the theme. The collection contains original issues and copies of Afro-Brazil newspapers; publications from Afro-Brazilian organizations such as the Sao Paulo State Federation of Afro-Brazilian Organizations; original booklets with historical content about the history of Afro-Brazil, artists, poets, and scholars. Original and copies of documents, magazine articles, journals, speeches, symposia and conference presentations. Documents include original manuscripts and publications of Afro-Brazilian literary figures and scholars; audiocassettes of interviews with scholars, writers, and poets; microfilms with complete newspaper issues. The collection includes several books, including a rare first edition.


The collection is arranged thematically into six Series: Series 1- Afro-Brazilian Press, 1924-1981; Series 2 - Publications, 1976-1979; Series 3 - Symposia Papers on Afro-Brazil, 1977-1982; Series 4 - Afro-Brazilian Literature, 1938-1991; Series 5 - Afro-Brazilian Scholars and Thinkers, 1954-2023; Series 6 - Audiocassettes and Microfilm, 1920s-1991. The collection is arranged alphabetically and chronologically at the folder level.


University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Dr. Jane Malinoff-Kamide.

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A Guide to the Jane Malinoff-Kamide Collection on Afro-Brazil
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August 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America