I have researched in over 15 archives in Chile, Argentina, and Paraguay, plus numerous digital U.S. archives. Through transnational archiving, I’ve learned more about the spread of information and the ways people communicate. While it’s important to go to “the field” for research, archives, libraries, and other repositories are actively working to digitize information. Digitizing materials is an important step. It allows greater equity in sharing patrimony and accountability through telling hidden histories. Furthermore, it removes prohibitive costs incurred to travel to said archives and few their materials in-person.
For more, check my blog posts on archiving or “Digital Resources: Chilean History,” in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History: https://oxfordre.com/latinamericanhistory/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780199366439.001.0001/acrefore-9780199366439-e-628 (PDF available on request).