Black historian assumes general direction of the National Archive

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The historian and professor at the University of Brasília (UnB) Ana Flávia Magalhães Pinto is the new general director of the National Archive. The name will be announced on Tuesday (23).

In the new government, the agency gained secretarial status within the newly created Ministry of Management and Innovation in Public Services, under the command of Minister Esther Dweck.

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The first black woman to occupy the function in 185 years at the Archive, Ana holds a PhD from Unicamp, a master’s degree from UnB, a degree in History from Universidade Paulista (Unip) and also a degree in Journalism from the Centro de Ensino Unificado de Brasília (CEUB).

She develops research in the areas of History, Communication, Literature and Education, with emphasis on political-cultural activities of black thinkers, black press and racial struggle.

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The National Archive has an invaluable collection for society, gathering millions of textual documents both at its headquarters in Rio de Janeiro and at its Regional Superintendence in Brasília.

According to the government, if they were stacked, they would add up to 55 kilometers.

In addition, there are approximately 1.91 million photographs and negatives, 200 photo albums, 15,000 devices, 4,000 caricatures and charges, 6,000 posters and placards.

Also part of the collection are 1,000 postcards, 1,200 drawings, 200 prints and 21,000 illustrations, 44,000 maps and architectural plans, films, sound recordings and a book collection that exceeds 112,000 titles, 8,000 of which are rare.

Source: CNN Brasil

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