» Introduction

In the political history of Modern Portugal there is a long electoral and parliamentary tradition, largely connected with the Liberal period, which is recorded by many varied sources. Preserving the memory of this historical legacy, while making forgotten documents available and preventing the inevitable physical deterioration of others, as well as providing specialists and students with an useful tool of research and of learning are the two basic aims that guided the making of this new website located in the portal of the National Library of Portugal.

In Materials for the History of Elections and Parliament in Portugal, 1820-1926, mainly based on the collections of printed works of the National Library, the user will find a detailed bibliographic guide, a synopsis of basic data and information (chronology of parliamentary elections and legislatures, electoral laws and electoral results), and the reproduction of a significant number of texts (Constitutions, Parliament's rules of procedures, electoral manifestos) and images (cartoons, photographs), organized in two periods: the Constitutional Monarchy and the First Republic (1910-1926). The "links" provide connection to other websites, national and abroad, with similar materials. The websites of both the Assembleia da República, where it is possible to consult the parliamentary journals of the past, and of the Arquivo Fotográfico Municipal de Lisboa, where it is possible to explore a rich collection of photographs (some of which relate with the political life of the first quarter of the 20th century), should be singled out here.

Being regularly updated, this site may be improved through the incorporation of new materials, as well as of the suggestions and corrections provided by its users.

The making of Materials for the History of Elections and Parliament in Portugal, 1820-1926 results from an agreement signed on 20 June 2005 between the National Library of Portugal and the team responsible for the research project "Parliamentary Recruitment in Portugal, 1834-1926", funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology.

Lisbon, 1 September 2006

Pedro Tavares de Almeida

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