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Finding Aid for the Donald Rady papers on the Brazilian Steel Industry and Volta Redonda, 1883-1986 (bulk 1933-1973)
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This collection contains items Donald E. Rady compiled for his dissertation and book project focusing on the Brazilian Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN) and surrounding Volta Redonda community. After a bidding war between German and US firms to create a new steel center in Brazil, construction began during Vargas's Estado Novo with the help of a US firm, Arthur G. McKee and Company. Materials often originate from government or company sources and situate the importance of the steel mill in Brazilian international politics in the 1930s through the 1950s and in growing Brazil's industrial capacity in the 1950 through the 1970s. Materials also provide a sense of the quality of life and growth of the Volta Redonda community in the city of Barra Mansa in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Content is not restricted to the CSN and highlights the Companhia Siderúrgica Paulista (COSIPA), the Associação Brasileira de Metais (ABM), and the Arthur G. McKee and Company.
Donald Rady began compiling the resources in this collection as part of a doctoral dissertation project at the University of California, Berkeley history department. Rady completed the dissertation entitled "Brazil's Volta Redonda Steel Center: A Quarter Century of Progress, 1941-1966" in 1967. He reworked the dissertation and published it in 1973 under the title Volta Redonda: A Steel Mill Comes to a Brazilian Coffee Plantation. The genesis for the project stemmed from a seminar paper written in 1960 and developed significantly while Rady spent two research years (September 1961 through May 1963) in Brazil. In the end he provided a history of the Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN) and surrounding Volta Redonda community located in the city of Barra Mansa in the state of Rio de Janeiro, presenting them as a case study of both Brazilian industrialization and American financial and technical assistance in Brazil.
18 document boxes (8.75 linear feet) 1 microfilm box 2 oversize flat boxes 1 carton 1 map folder
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
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