National archives is celebrating its international day today

The scene in this undated photo is Plaza Gonzáles Víquez in San José where the sprawling park is today. The same train tracks run there. The photo shows both an oxcart and a truck.

The Archivo Nacional plans a fiesta today to mark the International Day of Archives as established by the United Nations. Visitors to the facility should not expect confetti or dancing girls. But the Archives said that 14 public institutions would be setting up displays, ranging from the archives itself to Facultad de Artes Musicales of the Universidad de Costa Rica and the Sistema Nacional de Radio y Televisión.
There also will be historical documents that date from 1539 to the present.

The archives is the nation’s attic and contains all sorts of paperwork. Notaries, too, deposit their official books there. The facility also is a great source of old photos.

The archives building is 900 meters south and 150 meters west of Plaza del Sol, Curridabat.

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