This week I visited the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (CVR) archive for the first time. I have concluded that the CVR archive is the primary source for my research, although I have been made aware of other collections that can supplement it. For example, I was told about a collection of letters to Lima’s mayor in the 1980s, Alfonso Barrantes, from local leaders regarding escalating violence. This collection is found at the national library, I don’t know much else. I’ve written to a historian who has used it and hope she will help me.
On my visit to the archive, one major point I can make is that it is very easily accessed. All you have to do is present your DNI or passport at the visitor window, and you will be given a pass. Afterwards, the archive is located on the second floor where you can ask for specific case files or ask for help narrowing down your search. The person that helped me, and was recommended by three people, was very kind and even provided me with a list of cases from Lima on my flashdrive. Once I get to peruse this list I’ll return and look at those cases.
My next stop, before immersing myself in the archive is the Institute of Peruvian Studies (IEP). Once I finish this initial stage I hope to provide more detailed content on Lima.