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The Ricardo J. Alfaro Archive is a documented history of the life and work of one of the most notable sons of the Isthmus of Panama, whose career (1882-1971) begins in the last years of Colombian Panama and extends throughout the first seven decades. of the country, as an independent and sovereign nation.
Given the prominence of Alfaro, both in the Republic of Panama, and in several of the events that determined the western panorama in the 20th century, the Ricardo J. Alfaro Archive is of singular value for those seeking a greater insight into contemporary history.
The researcher will find the footprint of the Panamanian jurist in valuable documents that record seven decades of relations between Panama and the United States; and you will find it, also, in others that reveal details of the conception and advent of the United Nations (UN), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and many other legal instruments conceived for the social , cultural and economic improvement of nations.

The material in the Ricardo J. Alfaro Archive includes

  • Personal documents
  • Manuscripts
  • Publications
  • Speeches
  • Essays
  • Articles and lecture
  • Correspondence
  • Telegrams
  • Newspaper and magazine clippings
  • Photographs
  • Honors and distinctions
  • Scrolls

All documentation has been digitized, so that inquiries are made by electronic means available for this purpose.

Alfaro's library and newspaper library (except for the library of legal matters, bequeathed by him to the Demófilo de Buen Library, of the Faculty of Law, of the University of Panama), has its own catalog, which has been incorporated into the General Catalog of the National Library of Panama.

The organization, classification and cataloging of the Ricardo J. Alfaro Archive is the first work of its kind to be carried out in Panama.

The document description method follows the guidelines of the General International Standard for Archival Description ISAD (G), adopted by the Ad-Hoc Commission for Description Standards, Stockholm, Sweden, January 21-23, 1993 (Version final approved by the International Council of Archives), published in Madrid in 1995 and in Mexico, DF in 1997.

In the particular case of the Ricardo J. Alfaro Archive, four levels of description are distinguished, namely: Fund - Series - Box and Documentary Unit. The description at the background level is the text from the Cover to the Classification Chart.

Due to the volume of the file and the multiple elements of description involved in the ISAD (G) standards, the widest possible use of "abbreviations" has been made in the description at the document unit level.

According to the concept of chronological and thematic organization, corresponding to its status as a private historical fund, the archive contains eighteen series.

  • Personal documents
  • Correspondence
  • Presidency of the Republic of Panama
  • Presidential Candidacy - 1940 elections
  • Relations and Treaties between Panama and the United States
  • International Organizations
  • International Arbitrations
  • Chairs at the University of Panama
  • Practice of Law and other professional activities
  • 10. Telegrams
  • 11. Newspaper and magazine clippings
  • 12.Diplomas, Decorations and Tributes,
  • 13. Iconography and other audiovisual media
  • 14.  Historical documents or articles and other subjects
  • 15. The written work of RJA
  • 16. Bibliography on the life and work of RJA
  • 17. Family and personal correspondence
  • 18. Associated Documents

Index of the catalog

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