Arquivo Público do Estado de São Paulo
The Arquivo Público do Estado de São Paulo contains a large variety of colonial documents; local, state, and national newspapers; public records; personal archives; and the records of the Departamento Estadual de Ordem e Política Social (DEOPS).
Rua Voluntários da Pátria, 596, Santana, São Paulo, SP 02010-000
Schedule & hours
Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
(No requests for documents after 4:00 p.m. DEOPS records not available on Saturdays.)
Directions to the archive
Take the Metrô (Linha 1 - Azul) to Portuguesa-Tietê. Exit from the west side of the station, walk half a block north along Av. Cruzeiro do Sul, and the temporary entrance to the archive during the expansion will be on the left.
Local, state, and national newspapers - This includes local papers like the Folha de S. Paulo, O Estado de S. Paulo, and Jornal da Tarde, as well as smaller local papers; national papers like the Jornal do Brasil, and newspapers from all over the interior of the state. It is not uncommon for long runs of any given newspaper to be unavailable due to never-completed microfilming, so check before you go if the newspaper you want is available for the years you need.
Personal archives - Among others, the archive of former President Washington Luis and the personal archive of former governor Adhemar de Barros are held here.
Departamento Estadual de Ordem e Política Social (DEOPS) - Perhaps the most well-known and frequently-consulted collection at the archive, the DEOPS records contain the files of the state political-social police that monitored politicians, social movements, labor, religious organizations, and others for subversion during the Estado Novo, Populist Republic, and military regime. The files include informants' reports on various groups' activities and meetings, as well as personal files on politicians, revolutionaries, labor leaders, etc.;
You must register at the entrance with a passport, RG (Brazilian identity document), or RNE (foreigner registration document). No advance arrangements are required.
Permitted and prohibited items
- Permitted: Laptops, cameras, scanners, pencils, loose paper.
- Prohibited: Bags, pens (not enforced), cell phones (not strictly enforced).
Document ordering and delivery
The DEOPS records are fairly thoroughly listed on a computer catalogue available for consultation at the archive. Most other holdings are listed in paper binders on a shelf in the main reading room. Retrieval usually takes 5-10 minutes.
You may request up to three folders/items at a time for retrieval and may view them one by one. You must wear latex gloves while handling any items from the archive.
Photocopying, photography, microfilming
Photography is permitted (no flashes allowed - strictly enforced). Tripods are also permitted. Uncertain about photocopying procedures. Microfilming is not available to researchers.
As of November 2009, the archive began a R$20,000,000 (US$12,000,000) renovation and expansion, scheduled for completion in August 2010, that will nearly double the size of the archive. In the interim, researchers must deal with the noise of drills, jackhammers, and other construction equipment, as well as a reading room that frequently changes location as the construction progresses.
There is no food or coffee available. There is a water cooler by the main entrance, which, depending on how hot it is that day, may or may not have any water in it. There are a few cheap lanchonetes nearby, a couple of fairly decent per-kilo restaurant on Rua Mal. Odílio Denys, some fast food in the nearby Tietê bus station, and a variety of restaurants in the food court of Shopping D, a 5-10-minute walk across the bridge over the Tietê River.
There are lockers in which you must leave any purse, bag, or laptop bag you have brought with you.
On-site parking is unavailable during the renovation, but there are several pay lots nearby. However, considering São Paulo traffic, public transportation is much more convenient.
There is no Internet access, wireless or wired, currently available, and electrical outlets for laptops are limited. If you have a laptop with a three-pronged US or a UK plug, bring an adapter, as some of the outlets only accept round two-pronged plugs.