A
few years ago an anonymous donor established the
ThomasJeffersonAwardforcreativeresearchattheUni-
versity of Tennessee. My receipt of this generous award dur-
ing the first year of its existence freed me from the need
to spend time and energy writing grant proposals. Instead,
I was able to engage in archival research in Brazil immedi-
ately, and my work proceeded quickly and smoothly. Thus I
wishtothank,firstandforemost,thatunnamedindividualfor
thiswonderfulendowment.Foradditionalfundingforearlier
partsofmyresearchIalsothanktheNationalEndowmentfor
theHumanities(SummerStipendProgram)andtheFulbright
Foundation (Lecturing and Research Award).
Conducting archival research in Brazil is always a reward-
ing experience, due primarily to the staffs of the archives
discussed below. These fine professionals are committed to
furthering historical research in Brazil. But more than that,
the Brazilian archivists with whom I worked became both
my friends and advisors; indeed, these days a trip to Rio de
Janeiro would not be complete without stopping by to say
hello to them. At the Museu Histórico do Exército, located in
the Copacabana Fort, Solange Coelho Calvano, Maria Isabel
Travassos Romano, Maria Bley da Silveira, Isabel Maria San-
son Portela, Maria Lídgia Peçanha Alonso Gonçalves, Ivan
Coelho de Sá, and Tenente Gilson César da Silveira Bastos
made my work profitable and comfortable.
There is no better place to conduct research in Brazil than
at the Museu do Índio in Rio de Janeiro. The building and
grounds are lovely, but it is the people who make it special.
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