The France-Brazil digital library relates the history of Franco-Brazilian relations through more than 2,000 documents from the BnF, the National Library of Brazil and other partner institutions. Within the Shared Heritage collection, France-Brazil traces the historical links between the two countries from the 16th to the 20th centuries by delving into the heart of a unique history involving the circulation of people, knowledge and ideas.


Virgin forest, the banks of the Parahïba. “Voyage pittoresque et historique au Brésil“ by Jean-Baptiste Debret (1768-1848), BnF

An editorialised corpus

Manuscripts, prints, maps, drawings and photographs, as well as sound and audio-visual recordings, form a corpus of more than 2,000 documents. This documentary heritage has been contextualised through previously-unpublished articles, written by French and Brazilian specialists and divided into 4 major thematic sections and 14 sub-sections.


Guided tour

Discover the Rencontre de Gallica about critical perspectives between France and Brazil (available in French only).


Rencontres de Gallica is a series of monthly sessions that present the digital collections of the BnF and its partners by focusing on a specific theme or corpus of documents.

The origins of France-Brazil

The France-Brazil site currently contains documents from the collections of:

The history of the France-Brazil digital library began in 2009, on the occasion of the Year of France in Brazil. The two national libraries decided to collect, in a bilingual virtual space, a body of documents describing Franco-Brazilian relations from the attempts at colonisation during the Renaissance to the 20th century, in all their richness and complexity. With the support of the Institut français in Brazil, the two institutions have jointly co-produced the La France au Brésil / A França no Brasil collection.

To celebrate the ten year anniversary of this partnership, the BnF and the National Library of Brazil decided to renew their collaboration in order to overhaul and enrich the site. In 2019, France in Brazil / A França no Brasil thus becomes the France-Brazil digital library and was integrated into the Shared Heritage collection of the BnF.