António Sardinha Fund

The António Sardinha Fund includes not only António Sardinha's personal archive, but also his private library and the contents of his office. The fund was donated to Universidade Católica Portuguesa by his widow Ana Júlia Sardinha in different stages - first the library, then the office and his archive. Over time, smaller donations of documentation have been made, including all of António Sardinha's personal correspondence with his wife, Ana Júlia, as well as photographs and museum objects.

António Maria de Sousa Sardinha (1887-1925) was a poet, historian and politician who stood out as an essayist, polemicist, and doctrinaire. As a doctrinaire, his role in the movement he founded, which went by the name of Lusitanian Integralism, stands out.

As the theme of Lusitanian Integralism is the most prominent in his personal archive, it is revealed in groups of different types of documents.  This is the case with correspondence with his Integralist peers and confreres, such as Hipólito Raposo, Luís de Almeida Braga or José Adriano Pequito Rebelo, but also, by way of example, Marcello Caetano. It also contains hundreds of letters addressed to his wife, Ana Júlia. This archive also contains a large section of newspapers and newspaper cuttings, including, for example, A Monarquia, the newspaper of which he was director, but also other types of documentation that are very important for studying this movement at the beginning of the 20th century.

As far as his private library is concerned, which consists of around 6,145 titles, whose thematic variety extends to History, the Catholic Church, traditionalist monarchical doctrine, or even controversial topics with their apogee in the 19th century with Liberalism, such as Freemasonry - in some cases quite rare editions. The publications included in this library are chronologically delimited between the years 1553 and 1992. The chronology extends after the year of his death, for the reasons that it includes posthumous publications of works by him, but also by disciples and followers of his doctrine, which his family collected.

As for the museum section that is part of this collection, it includes not only his office furniture, ceramics of various origins, paintings, but also personal objects, such as his glasses or writing nibs, for example. This museum section is located in a museum room inside the Biblioteca João Paulo II, which can be visited.

The bibliographic records of the works in this collection are available in the Collective Bibliographic Catalog of the Libraries of Universidade Católica Portuguesa. For more information contact