Lec19 - 19 HISTORICAL RESEARCH Historical Research on Kuna Documentary research can be slow and difficult but also exciting tracking down clues I

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19. HISTORICAL RESEARCH (4/15/04) Historical Research on Kuna Documentary research can be slow and difficult, but also exciting, tracking down clues. I had no idea how much materials was there, wildly underestimated amount. I thought I could wrap up the project in a couple of years. Those who had worked on subject before had mostly gone over and over same limited materials. But then materials started to appear. Memoirs of Jesuit father, often mentioned but few had seen. Xerox copy turned up. Protestant missionary had published memoirs; then amateur book turned out to have 15- 20 of her letters: great find, though the dates given were mostly wrong. National Archives of Panama in terrible shape, no budget. Panamanian colleague had found things, shared with me, but he could get permission to go in back and rummage around. I couldn't. Long search for key report in legal files, by Chief Justice, finally appeared in card file under SU for " sumario ". Then not there in files. Later found elsewhere. News papers: NY Times easy to get on microfilm, completely indexed, but unclear how much in other US and Panamanian papers. Panamanian papers old copies mostly unavailable in Panama. Found them in Library of Congress. Could zero in on key dates, but without index, still lots and lost of cranking microfilm readers. U.S. records, mostly good but highly variable. Diplomatic records on US intervention, got about 500 pages in one morning. Beautifully indexed. But then had to pursue other documents that never made it into file, arrange special for special microfilm to be made
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course ARCH 4.401 taught by Professor Utemetabauer during the Fall '06 term at MIT.

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