The Instituto Moreira Salles (IMS) is a no-profit organization founded by Walter Moreira Salles. Its goal is to promote the development of Brazilian culture including photography, literature, visual arts and Brazilian music.
Today I am excited to visit the IMS and meet the music coordinator Beatriz Paes Leme. Paulo Aragão will join to talk more on Chiquinha’s manuscripts.
The documents were collected by Chiquinha's last companion João Batista Fernandes and donated to the SBAT, where they stayed untouched till 1980-90 when Edinha Diniz* studied them in detail. The Acervo (archive) was given to the IMS in 2002.
The team work between IMS, Casa do Choro and Alexandre Dias was foundamental to restore, organize and catalog all the material in 75 boxes, including manuscripts of original scores, letters, pictures, documents, articles (of newspapers) and much more. As a work in progress, the team is currently working on making all the manuscripts available online (as public domain) within a year. The manuscripts are in a good state of conservation thanks to the excellent quality of paper used at that time.
*Edinha Diniz wrote 'Chiquinha Gonzaga- uma historia de vida' considered the best biography of the 'Maestrina Carioca'.
FYI I found 'Chiquinha Gonzaga- uma historia de vida' by Edinha Diniz extremely helpful to contextualize historically the work of Chiquinha and its implications in Brazilian society of that time.