Klabin Memory

Founded over 100 years ago, Klabin has produced unique document archives. Over this time, encouraging the preservation of our history has become an important differential in the business context, since it allows us to visualize our vast experience on a line of time and space and to see the consequences of past decisions and the results of future actions.

The founding partners of Klabin Irmãos & Companhia (KIC) with family members and employees of Companhia Fabricadora de Papel (CFP) in front of the mill.

Team

Klabin Memory relies on a team of historians specialized in information and archive management.

Flavia Borges Pereira – General supervision
Luiz Peixeiro – Technical coordination

SERVICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC

Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., by e-mail.

Archives

The archive dates back to the company’s founding in 1899 and has been maintained until today. It is divided between an open archive fund (Klabin S.A.) and four closed archive funds:

  • Klabin Irmãos & Companhia
  • Manufatura Nacional de Porcelana
  • Sociedade Anônima Jardim Europa
  • Fábrica Universal de Fósforos Promocionais

In addition to the funds, the archive also maintains five collections compiled using donations from former employees or people close to them, the company or the Klabin family, as well as cultural institutions with archival collections that donated image and textual documents related to the Klabin family:

  • Klabin Lafer Family and São Paulo in the Belle Époque
  • Period prior to construction of the mill of Indústrias Klabin do Paraná de Celulose
  • Daily life on the Monte Alegre Farm
  • Karl Zappert Collection
  • Daily life in the city of Telêmaco Borba

The types of documents that researchers can find in the funds and collections are described below:

Formed by corporate videos and videos about Klabin's activities and testimonials from employees and former employees. The highlights of this collection include footage taken in the 1950s and 1960s of the Monte Alegre Unit as well as of the visit by President Getulio Vargas in 1953. In 2011, all rolls of 8mm and 16mm film as well as VHS, Betacam, Umatic and cassette tape recordings were digitalized.

Formed by photographic records of the early years of the company and its founders; the construction of the first mills and machinery; daily life at Klabin units and their facilities and machinery; expansion projects; current and former employees; products; environmental education and sustainability programs. The collection also features the floor plans and maps of Klabin units. The highlights of the collection include photos taken in the 1950s by photographers Peter Scheier and Jean Manson at the Monte Alegre Farm and the photo albums of engineer Ignácio Sporn, which is a precious step-by-step record of the first topographic project executed on the farm until its completion in 1946.

This collection is formed by textual documents related to Klabin's management representing the entire routines of various areas of the company (e.g., executive board, communication, etc.). The most important textual records include managerial documents from the early years of the company, such as correspondence exchanged between Maurício Klabin and Wolff Klabin about the company's business in Yiddish and the first letterhead of Klabin Irmãos & Companhia and or Companhia Fabricadora de Papel. The collection includes Klabin’s activity reports, promotional folders and product advertisements, which provide a portrait of the evolution of the business and of the environmental education and sustainability programs.

The archive also features two important dossiers: one for the expansion projects IV for construction of Machine No. 7 and another for the MA-1100 Expansion Project, which transformed the Monte Alegre Unit into one the world’s ten largest paper plants and Klabin into one of the six largest global manufacturers of paperboard from virgin fiber (non-recycled fiber). The new paper machine (MP9) expanded paperboard production by twofold and incorporated energy and environmental efficiency initiatives. The mill's capacity increased from 700,000 to 1.1 million tons/year.

Formed by old equipment used in the company's paper mills, such as Companhia Fabricadora de Papel, and in the administrative areas during the Group's early years. One of the highlights of this collection is a Remington typewriter from the early 20th century.

Methodology

The archive belonging to the Klabin Memory was salvaged over its 20 years of existence through the transfer of documents with historical value.

After prospected from manufacturing units and areas, a process that includes visits to the mills and interviews, the documents are sent to the Memory Center, where they are selected and organized in accordance with the Classification Scheme and their origin.

The documents are then catalogued and made available for consultation in the database, where researchers have not only access to information, but also to the digital collection. Lastly, they are cleaned and stored at the best conditions and temperature for their preservation.

Cultural Institutions

Cultural institutions that are partners of the Klabin Memory and preserve the memory of the Klabin family: