Fonds TAV - Távora

Declaração de Utilidade Pública - Reestruturação da Zona-Planta Alçados Planimétricos [Perspetiva] [Planta] [Perspetiva] [Planta e alçados de anexos e muros exteriores] [Portas] [Plantas e alçados] [Planta da cozinha e serviço] [Planta e Cortes] [Corte e Plantas] [Alçado e Pormenor] Ante-projecto: Plantas Ante-projecto: Corte do edifício Esquema de urbanização de uma parcela de terreno pertencente ao A.M. da Silva Vasconcelos Projecto: Alçados Projecto: Planta do 2º pavimento Plantas Pormenores Projecto: Plantas, alçado e corte
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  • [19--]-2005 (Creation)

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8 vertical architecture cabinets (80 drawers) with conceptual designs from about 380 work/project files;
C. 70 m written documentation of some of the work/project files;
C. 130 scale models of some of the work/project files;
C. 12,000 photographs and photographic films relating to the work/project files, travels and the family.

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Biographical history

The designation of the information collection produced and received by various members of the family is based on the family names Meneses Tavares and Távora, with which Fernando Távora is affiliated. The family name derives from the last names of the first generation represented in the archive, Maria José Lobo de Sousa Machado Cardoso de Meneses and José Ferrão de Tavares e Távora, who got married in 1912 and had a son, Fernando Luís Cardoso de Meneses de Tavares e Távora. He, with Maria Luísa Meneses, forms the second generation represented in the archive.

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Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The information collection was donated by the wife and sons of architect Fernando Távora through a loan agreement signed on 18 April 2011.

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The documentation of the Meneses Tavares e Távora information system includes documents produced during architect Fernando Távora's career. Document production corresponding to the first and second generation of the family (photographs) are also available and are organised by life stages: childhood (photographs), adolescence (academic documents), and adulthood (professional documents).
This collection is divided into types such as drawings, scale models, projects and associated files, writings, diaries, correspondence, photographs, screen prints, office furniture and architecture books.

In 2014, on the occasion of the application for the project Inventariação, digitalização e disponibilização do acervo documental do Arquitecto Fernando Távora [Inventorying, digitalization and release of the Architect Fernando Távora Collection], funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the work/project files from the Fernando Távora Information Subsystem were scanned and made available to the public, through the AtoM platform.

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Open information system.

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Partial provision of information available online. The information can be accessed at the FIMS premises, by prior appointment and during the opening hours of the institution.

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The reproduction of the documents is subject to some restrictions based on the document type, state of preservation and intended purpose of the reproduction, and it must be authorised beforehand by FIMS, in compliance with the Internal rules of procedure for document reproduction. It is also subject to copyright and related rights.

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  • French
  • English
  • Portuguese

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Archivist's note

Documentação organizada e descrita por Conceição Pratas, Gilberto Silva e Ana Ramos.

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