SEAM/Luce Vietnam project complete

Friday, August 28, 2009
James Simon -

After nearly 15 years of collaboration, CRL and the Southeast Asia Microform Project (SEAM) have concluded activities sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation to support microfilming, cataloging, and preservation of historical materials in Vietnam. 

The most significant outcome is the enormous body of vernacular and French language materials from the National Library in Hanoi preserved on microfilm, now accessible to an international audience. The project microfilmed 219 titles, available on nearly 500 reels of microfilm. Among the titles filmed are many of the key newspapers from the 1920s and 1930s that document the intellectual fervor and the political discourse that surrounded the foundation and rise of the Indochina Communist Party.  The National Library also included a wide array of important French language official reports from this period, including transcripts of the Colonial Council sessions, local government budget plans and many other resources that will prove invaluable to future research.

More information on the project, including a full title list, is available at this Web page.