The UP Asian Center will be holding a virtual launch of the Dr. Peter Boomgaard Southeast Asian Collection on 25 November 2020, 5 pm. The event is free and open to the public, but interested participants are required to register using an authenticated Zoom account.
In this talk, Dr. Lopez will reflect on his personal experiences studying Indonesia using Dutch archives, and share how Philippine-based scholars can make use of the Boomgaard Collection.
Raquel A. G. Reyes, PhD is the author of Love, Passion and Patriotism: Sexuality and the Philippine Propaganda Movement, 1882–1892 (2009), and the editor of Sexual Diversity in Asia c. 600–1950 (2012; co-edited with William Gervase Clarence-Smith) and Art, Trade and Cultural Mediation in Asia, 1600–1950 (2019). Her research interests include, according to a 2019 author profile, “the history of science and medicine, the history of gender and sexuality, and global trade and local cultural innovation in early modern Southeast Asia, with particular reference to the Philippines.”
ABOUT THE COLLECTION
The “Dr. Peter Boomgaard Southeast Asia Collection” holds approximately 1500-2000 books, monographs and edited volumes, including data materials from Indonesia’s National Archive in Jakarta.
Largely written in English and Dutch, the materials in the collection focus on disparate subjects ranging from economic, social, cultural, environmental, agricultural (forests, non-timber products, staple crops including rice and sugar), and scientific histories of Asia (mainland and southeast), particularly Indonesia. It also includes miscellaneous works on European history and politics.
The collection also includes issues of reputable journals, the titles of which include Environmental History, Journal of Economic and Social History of the Orient, Environment, and History. The archive data sources culled from Indonesia’s National Archive are organized by geographic region. These sources, covering the period from 1600 to 1950, are largely statistical, compiled from colonial government censuses relating to births, marriages, and deaths.
A handwritten card reference catalog by Dr. Boomgaard is also a notable inclusion in the collection, which will be valuable for researchers working on topics concerning demographic, agricultural, and labor history of the Dutch East Indies. The collection was donated by his widow, Dr. Raquel A.G. Reyes, a historian and newspaper columnist.
ABOUT DR. PETER BOOMGAARD
Dr. Boomgaard (1946 – 2017) was Professor of Economic and Environmental History of Southeast Asia, University of Amsterdam. He was also former Director and Senior Researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies/Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (KITLV) in Leiden. He specialized in Indonesia, with a particular focus on Java, authoring many books, edited volumes, and journal articles on demographic, social, and environmental history.
HOW TO ACCESS THE COLLECTION
The collection is open to faculty, students, and researchers, subject to current borrowing regulations in light of the community quarantine.
ASIAN CENTER @ 65
This activity is part of the Asian Center’s 65th anniversary celebration, with the theme “Asian Center @ 65: Zealously Cultivating Ideas, Ceaselessly Inspiring Minds Across Asia.”