FGV receives personal archives of congresswoman Luiza Erundina de Sousa
Fundação Getulio Vargas’ School of Social Sciences (FGV CPDOC) has been given documents from the personal archive of congresswoman Luiza Erundina de Sousa for public consultation. In all, there are 14,225 pages of documents, 342 videos and 789 photographs related to her political and public activities. The initiative is part of a series of actions by FGV CPDOC to highlight its women’s archives.
Sousa was born in Uírauna, Paraíba. She obtained an undergraduate degree in social work and a master’s in social sciences. In 1970, she passed a public exam to work at Paraíba Federal University but she was prevented from taking up this job as she was considered “subversive.” The following year, she felt obligated to move to Sao Paulo, feeling insecure in Paraíba due to the military dictatorship. Her parliamentary career began when she was elected a municipal councilor in Sao Paulo in 1982.
The highlights of her public career include her participation in 1988 in the State Constitutional Convention, as a state representative for Sao Paulo, followed by her election as mayor of the city of Sao Paulo. Since 1998, Sousa has been reelected successively as federal deputy for the state of Sao Paulo. In 2023, she began another term in this role.
The archives contain records of speeches, correspondence, interviews, campaign materials and legislative bills, encompassing moments from her youth in Paraíba to her public service at state and national levels, including records of her work as a union activist and minister for federal administration under President Itamar Franco. There are also documents related to Sousa’s activities as a civil servant, social worker, university professor and student, among other academic and personal activities, many of which she carried out while serving as an elected official.
The archives’ photos record moments of her public and private life, including campaigns, political events, marches and trips, as well as personal photos with family and friends, and records of her youth.
The archives’ photographs have been digitized and they can be accessed free of charge on FGV CPDOC’s website.
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