a c k n o w l e d g m e n t s
The research and writing of this book were made possible by two
fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Ful-
bright American Republics’ Grant and financial assistance, and sabbati-
cal leave from Smith College.
I thank the directors and staff of the Archivo and Biblioteca Na-
cional de Bolivia in Sucre; the Archivo Histórico de La Paz; the Archivo
de la Casa de la Cultura ‘‘Rosendo Gutiérrez,’’ of La Paz; the library of
the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés of La Paz; and the Rockefeller
Archive Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Most especially I would
like to thank the staff at the Hospital General in La Paz for giving me
access to their records when they were not at all set up to accommo-
date researchers. I am also grateful to Rolando Costa Arduz and Alberto
Vázquez for allowing me to work in their private libraries. I thank the
individuals who very graciously allowed me to interview them for this
book. Their names are listed in the bibliography.
I owe a great deal to many people who have helped me at different
stages of this project but, first and foremost, I must acknowledge my
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