Two summers ago (2007) I went to Santiago, Chile to do my master's thesis research. I stayed two months, and visited either the Biblioteca Nacional (national library) or the Archivo Nacional (national archive) whenever they were open. This is less than you would think, because of all of the 'holidays' on their calendar...including saint days, national/political holidays, and other religious observances. Anyway, I wrote emails back to friends and family every now and then, and this is one that I thought I'd share. Reading it now I remember the room I was describing in such vivid terms...(that means the description is amazing, right?). I don't have any photos (no cameras allowed, period!), but the following should give you a feel for the place.