The material in the Ricardo J. Alfaro Archive includes
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.