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