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So of course, they could C Level Contact List understand you better or worse, and they could be more or less collaborative. It was really difficult to get material that way, to the point that, in the process, I learned a lot about bureaucracy and archives. If you asked for, for example, the minutes of the meetings of a certain institution, but the C Level Contact List minutes were called protocols, they might not bring them unless they liked you. But if you said "I want protocols" and they had protocols, they often felt compelled to bring them. And C Level Contact List once you had the protocols or the minutes, then you could better continue the work, date by date. Now, a lot of the archivists, those junior officials that I dealt with, they were tremendously helpful. They did what they could for me, and often very willingly.