Januario Leal Video Collection [1975-1991]

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Januario Leal Video Collection [1975-1991]




The Januario Leal Video collection covers events related to the Portuguese community from many towns within the Greater Boston area from the dates 1975 to 1991. The videos linked here focus on the communities north and northwest of Boston, however many more videos can be found on the LealVideos Youtube page, including videos filmed in the Azores. The videos in this collection include many events, festivals, processions, and Carnaval celebrations.

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Biographical Note
Januario L. Leal was born on October 15, 1946, in São Bras, Terceira to Januario and Maria (Linhares) Leal. He grew up attending school and, as an adult, operated his father’s convenience store.

In 1970, Januario relocated to the United States with his wife, Fernanda (DeSousa) Leal, and they settled in Lowell, Massachusetts. He became a communicant of St. Anthony’s Church and a member of many local clubs including the Portuguese American Civic League, the Portuguese American Center, and the Holy Ghost Society. After immigrating to Lowell, he worked at Paris Shoe as a machine operator until 1978. He later began working for Bradford Industries, formerly known as Pandel, as an inspector until his retirement.

Januario was also an avid videographer and maintained his own YouTube channel called “Leal Videos”. In 1972 Januario's first video camera was a Super 8mm. The Super 8 used 50ft film roll cassettes which only provided 3 minutes of video recording. As video camera technology advanced he later upgraded 3 years later in 1975 to 16mm film. The Super 8 and 16mm cameras that Januario owned were hand-cranked at first but later upgraded to battery powered a couple years later. As Januario continued to follow his passion he upgraded his camera with each video camera technology advancements which included the video formats of VHS (1980-1999), MiniDV (2000-2015) and to the modern day High Definition 1080p (2015-2022) .He recorded hundreds of local events related to the Portuguese community, including many processions and festivals. Thanks to his videography passion, an entire generation of Portuguese American festivities will now be preserved for posterity.

Januario passed away on February 28, 2022 and is survived by his four children (Roberta Agostinho, Alizabete Brum, Davido Leal, and Roberto Leal) and their families, including many grandchildren.


Leal, Januario


Folk dancing, Portuguese
Music--Portuguese influences
Portuguese American women
Female impersonators


Lowell (Mass.)
Lawrence (Mass.)
Warren (R.I.)
Pawtucket (R.I.)
Hudson (Mass.)


Permission to link out to YouTube page granted by Januario's son, Rob Leal.


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