Mr. Costa joined the old Biblioteca
Nacional Vasco da Gama (presently the Central Library) in 1930.
He became the curator in 1949 and retired in 1967. During his
tenure of nearly four decades, Mr. Costa made an impressive collection
of some eleven thousand publications by Goans, written in fourteen
languages and spanning practically the entire Portuguese era.
- In addition, he also compiled the bibliographical
and biographical data of over 2000 Goan writers, representing
the period 1702 through 1961. This major compilation, Dicionário
da Literatura Goesa, was published in 1971 by Fundacao Oriente,
Lisbon, and has been acclaimed as "a wonderful bibliographic
repository for those who would like to undertake a study of the
political, social, economic and religious life of Goa's distant
- Mr. Costa's Dicionário da Literatura
Goesa, also includes biographical data on 200 Goans who wrote
in Marathi and Sanskrit, the notable among these being the novelists
Ramchandra Bicaji Gunjikar and Suriaji Mahatame.