Reasons for consideration:
The contents of these historical documents demonstrate that in the early twentieth century the local press of Southern Patagonia established itself as a power structure directing social, cultural,
ideological and political norms. Access to this rare and untapped historical material will allow the community as well as researchers to contextualize and analyze the cultural and social narrative presented by the elites and allow for a re-evaluation of historical events to include the perspectives of under-represented groups. The proposed collection of documents is broad in scope and will be of value and interest to scholars from a wide range of disciplines including history, political science, communication, education and anthropology. More importantly, it will allow the marginalized people not included in the official historical record as chronicled in the newspapers and other historical documents to claim a space in a more "authentic" narrative of Southern Patagonia. The process of digitization will provide users with the primary sources needed to reconstruct and discover historical occurrences, contemporary debates and attitudes in order to contextualize and reassess the official record.