Some personal archives of Pacific researchers and missionaries are stored at the Katholiek Documentatie Centrum (KDC). Studying these personal archives is not free but needs permission of Prof. Dr. Toon van Meijl.

The personal archives accessible are of:

  • Ms. M.J.A. (Rita) de Koster, MA (1918-2010), anthropological fieldworker and photographer in the Solomon Islands
    • About M.J.A. de Koster and her photographic archive
    Contents of the archive's photograph albums.

  • A.C. (Lex) van der Leeden, PhD (1922-2001), anthropological fieldworker and linguist in Sarmi and the Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua and the Rose River Mission Station, Arnhem Land, Australia
    • The KDC page of the archive is here (in Dutch)

  • Prof. J. (Jan) Pouwer, PhD (1924-2010), anthropological fieldworker in Mimika (Kamoro) and the Bird's Head Peninsula, West Papua.
    • About J. Pouwer and his personal archive
    • Contents of the archive's files (in Dutch): concise
    • Contents (xlsx, 49 kB) of the archive's files (in Dutch): extensive

  • Prof. A.A. (Albert) Trouwborst, PhD (1928-2007), anthropological fieldworker in Burundi and Suriname (Matawai)
    • About (pdf, 386 kB) A.A. Trouwborst and his personal archive (in Dutch)
    Contents (xlsx, 28 kB) of the archive's files: extensive (in Dutch)

  • Father G.A. (Gerard) Zegwaard, MSC (1902-1996), missionary in Asmat and Mimika (Kamoro), West Papua
    Contents of the archive's files (in Dutch)

The archive of the Werkgemeenschap Oceanië and the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Oceanië Studies was transferred to the Documentary Information Service (DIV) of the Faculty of Social Studies of the Radboud University in October 2020. The archive will be stored at the Archive of the Radboud University. To consult the archive you can email to The Werkgemeenschap Oceanië assisted potential PhD students writing their research proposals for research in Oceania funded by WOTRO.

  • WGO and NVOS (WGO was continued as NVOS in 2001) 
    • Contents (pdf, 303 kB) of the archive's boxes (in Dutch)

From Anton Ploeg, Harfsen, Netherlands, we received:

  • SOLLEWIJN GELPKE, J.H.F. (n.d.). Heady Perfumes of Spice and Gold: The Secret Portuguese-Spanish Struggle over the Moluccas and New Guinea 1490-1570. S.l.: s.n. Unpublished typescript. Available at:  J.H.F. Sollewijn Gelpke (pdf, 18 MB)

Johan Herman Frederik (Frits) Sollewijn Gelpke (Den Haag 1922 - Leiden 2013) was a Dutch civil servant in Netherlands New Guinea from 1945 till 1962. He ended his colonial career as president of the New Guinea Council, the administrative body that governed the colony. This council was to prepare the Papuan people of the colony for managing their country as an independent nation-state. After his stay in New Guinea Sollewijn Gelpke was active in trade and industry in France till 1979. The early history of New Guinea and the Moluccas was a topic of special interest to him (Source: Online pages at the websites of Stichting Papua Cultureel Erfgoed, Digitale Bibliografie Nederlandse Geschiedenis and Wikipedia).

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