Memory Center

Memory Center Our photographic archives with around 17,000 photographic documents, including albums, negatives, slides
Credit: Butantan Communication

The Memory Center of Instituto Butantan (CM-IB) was created to integrate and expand the actions of surveying, organizing, conserving and disseminating the heritage and history of Instituto Butantan, being responsible for managing the museum archives and permanent archives from the directorate, research, production and cultural divisions of the institution.

The Memory Center houses a significant archive that records the activities and transformations of Instituto Butantan since its foundation, such as:

  • Textual archives composed of single and bound documents;

  • Iconographic archives with around 330 engravings and drawings;

  • Photographic archives with around 17,000 photographic documents, including albums, negatives, slides;

  • Cartographic archives with more than 1,200 maps and blueprints recording the area and the buildings of Instituto Butantan;

  • Sound and audiovisual archives with around 450 VHS and DVDs, as well as 16 and 35 mm rolls, B/W and color, deposited at the Brazilian Cinematheque;

  • Museum archive composed of more than 2,000 items, such as scientific instruments, laboratory equipment, furniture and office equipment used in the Institute;

  • Personal archives of those who contributed to the scientific and administrative path of Butantan, such as Afrânio do Amaral, José Lemos Monteiro, Carlos Rodolpho Fischer, Rosa Pavone Pimont, Eduardo Vaz, Flávio da Fonseca, Willy Beçak, among others.

The potential of this archive for research and knowledge production in the areas of document management and preservation and in the history of science makes the Memory Center the place where different lines of research related to the history of public health in São Paulo, including institutional history, and on the management of public documents, has been carried out systematically. In addition, the Memory Center opens up other possibilities for integration between the different sectors of Instituto Butantan, making multidisciplinary studies possible, a reality that has already yielded results in research with museological, archival and architectural heritage archives.

Consisting of the areas of technical processing, conservation laboratory, researcher assistance, dissemination of the archive and research in the history of science, the Memory Center works to encourage knowledge production by making the archive available for public consultation, holding workshops and cultural and academic events, production and publication of research instruments, with the goal of being a reference in research on the history of science and cultural heritage of public health in São Paulo.