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Joseph A. Page Papers

Identifier: GTM-20150608

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the research work of former Georgetown Law Professor, Joseph A. Page. While Page specialized in the fields of torts, product liability, and food, drug, and cosmetic regulation, the collection primarily details his research on Brazilian culture from the 1960s to the early 1990s. Specifically, the collection contains 23 travel journals detailing multiple trips to Brazil between 1964 and 1992. Within these journals, Page makes broad observations about Brazillian culture and other South American countries such as Argentina and Bolivia. These generalizations reflect his perception of South American cultures and could misrepresent these cultures in an inaccurate and/or offensive manner. These journal serve as the bulk of the collection. The collection also contains two folders of additional materials, including maps of Brazil and South America from 1972, 1987, and 1992 and materials from the U.S. Consulate in Recife, Brazil from 1959-1962 that Page received from his research request via the Freedom of Information Act in 1982.


  • 1961-1992


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Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical Note

Joseph A. Page is an emeritus law professor at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. Educated at Harvard Law School, he is a specialist in torts, products liability, and food/drug regulation. Page is also a scholar of Latin America. Between 1964 and 1992, Page traveled extensively in South America, primarily in Brazil, researching Brazilian culture and politics. He recently published a book entitled, "The Brazilians." He also authored "Peron: A Biography" (1983). From 2003 through 2017, Page was director of the Center for the Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas at Georgetown Law Center.

[Source: "Georgetown Law" Web site].


0.75 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)

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Metadata Rights Declarations

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Joseph A. Page, 2015.

Joseph A. Page Papers
Grace Baty
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057