The present issue includes a survey of CRL resources for the study of South Asian music, and a longer commentary on key works on dance in Indonesia, with emphasis in the rich performance traditions of Java and Sumatra. The former was produced by Nilanjana Bhattacharjya, Assistant Professor of Music of Colorado College; the latter is the work of Arizona State University’s Christopher A. Miller. These articles build on the efforts of CRL’s Undergraduate Research Work Group to select primary source material for digitization by CRL to support undergraduate coursework and instruction.
This issue also marks the 40th anniversary of the Southeast Asia Microform Project with a look at SEAM’s history, accomplishments, and its “road ahead” by Fe Susan Go of the University of Michigan. We proudly acknowledge the recent completion of the SEAM/Luce Vietnam Filming Project, which microfilmed, cataloged, and preserved historical materials held by the National Library in Hanoi. Under the direction of Judith Henchy (Head, Southeast Asia Section, University of Washington), the project preserved early Vietnamese newspapers published in the vernacular quốc ngữ script. It also microfilmed materials generated by the revolutionary authorities in the Resistance Zones outside of French-controlled areas during the Indochina War of 1946–54. The project owes its success to support from the Henry Luce Foundation and the Harvard Yenching Institute, and to the persistence and diplomatic efforts of Ms. Henchy.
Links in this issue lead readers to catalog records for the works cited, and in some cases, to the full-texts in digital format. Copies of all works cited are available on interlibrary loan from CRL.