Collection-level scope and content note
The Alfaro Family Papers consist of five series as follows:
1. Alfaro Family Series (Box 1, 31 folders): Consists of correspondence received/sent/about various family members, as well as autograph/printed ephemera relating to them. Notable items in this series include material pertaining to Amelia Lyons de Alfaro, consisting of correspondence to friend Jeannette T. Blum; an accounts book 1905-1973; and a record of lists of books read, acquaintances, places visited (1899 to 1960's); as well as clippings of newspaper articles featuring Mrs. Alfaro. The collection includes material in the form of correspondence, writings, and clippings about and by other family members: Ivan J. Alfaro, Dr. Luis D. Alfaro, Nancy Hamilton de Alfaro (wife of Victor Ricardo Alfaro), Rogelio E. Alfaro, and Yolanda Alfaro de Maddux. Some ephemera collected by or pertaining to the Alfaro family are also included in this series: clippings of articles about the family, Panama, as well as a program from the National Symphony Orchestra of Panama, and a sticker reproduction of a shield of the Panama National Guard (1968).
2. Ricardo J. Alfaro Series, Box 2, 26 folders; Box 3, 36 folders; Box 4, 11 folders: Consists of correspondence primarily to his daughter Yolanda Alfaro de Maddux (1934-69); a diary written in 1904 during his courtship of Ameilia Lyons (restricted without permission from the family); and material (correspondence, clippings, photographs and a videotape recording) relating to Dr. Alfaro's death in 1971. The series also includes correspondence and article clippings pertaining to the 1982 centennial celebration of Dr. Alfaro's birth, as well as a number of journal articles by and about Dr. Alfaro. Other notable ephemera in this series include a list of wedding gifts received by Dr. and Mrs. Alfaro (1905); printed invitation cards sent and received by Dr. and Mrs. Alfaro, as well as menus for luncheons and dinners they hosted; and a typescript copy of a guide to encoding/decoding secret telegram messages used by the Panamanian government, probably used by Dr. Alfaro during his time in the diplomatic service or as president of Panama.
3. Photographs Series, Box 5, 26 folders: Consists of black-and-white photographs of Ricardo J. Alfaro: many taken at official functions during his time as president of Panama, as a U.N. delegate, a judge in the International Court of Justice, and as a member of the Pan American Union. Includes one reel 32 mm, black-and-white film (Box 6) taken of a national primary in Panama (date unknown).
4. Addenda:Contains photographs of Ricardo J. Alfaro and printed materials about him.
5. Addenda: Contains phorographs of Ricardo J. Alfaro and invitations and menus.
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From the Collection: 4.5 Linear Feet (8 Hollinger boxes)
Language of Materials
Newspaper clipping of an article by that title.
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