Like all books with past lives as dissertations, this one has gone through
multiple reincarnations. Along the way, it has incurred many, many debts.
As a Fulbright scholar in Chile in 1995, I first broached the themes and
materials that would lead to this project. I received funding for my disser-
tation from the Social Science Research Council International Disserta-
tion Research Fellowship, the Henry Hart Rice Research Fellowship, the
Yale Program in Agrarian Studies, and the Whiting Fellowship in the
Humanities. More recently, this project greatly benefited from support
from the National Endowment for the Humanities. I also wish to acknowl-
edge the generous maternity leave policy at Barnard College. It seems
fitting that one of the first beneficiaries of the newly revamped college
policy would write a book about children.
I hope that this book succeeds in communicating some of the richness
of the historical materials I worked with and the great fun I had while
doing so. At the Archivo Nacional in Santiago, I wish to thank Mario
Monsalve, Ricardo Valenzuela, and Marco Reyes Collao for their assis-
tance and for permitting access to uncatalogued materials in the base-
ment of the archive. I also thank Dionisio Ortiz and Guillermo Torres for
their cheery forbearance on chilly winter mornings in the reading room.
These highly capable sta√ members consistently went beyond the call of
professional duty. Mr. Monsalve also collaborated in the transfer of judi-
cial documents from a closet in the First Criminal Court of San Felipe,
where they lay in danger of imminent deterioration, to a safer home in
the Archivo Nacional. The late Germán Rosales Pérez provided transpor-
tation, and Mauricio Silva Pizarro, Judge of the First Criminal Court of
San Felipe, and Max Cancino, Secretary of the Court, also assisted in the
matter. The sta√ of the Archivo del Siglo XX (Archivo Nacional de la
Administración) was similarly helpful. I am grateful to Dr. Ricardo Cruz-
Coke Madrid, director of the Museo Nacional de Medicina ‘‘Dr. Enrique
Laval,’’ housed in the Faculty of Medicine at the Universidad de Chile,
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