Costa Rican presidents do not have their own libraries after they leave office.
But they do have the Archivo Nacional in Zapote where the country’s important documents are kept.
That is where the documents generated by Rodrigo Carazo Odio are being put. He was president from 1978 to 1982. His widow, Estrella Zeledón, will be signing a contract this week with the Archivo Nacional in anticipation of presenting the archive with the presidential papers
Carazo was an economist by education, and his administration was one of difficult financial times in Costa Rica. He also saw the victory of the Sandinistas over the Somoza regime in Nicaragua and the beginnings of the U.S. intervention in that country.
Carazo was an opponent of the Free Trade Treaty with the United States and the Central American nations. Despite his age, he was a frequent participant in protests in the streets of San José against the treaty. He died in 2009 at 82.
When the documents and other artifacts of the Carazo presidency are in the archive, they will be available for historical study