Biography and History

Petrus Voorhoeve was born in 1899 [place unknown]. He worked as a government linguist in the Batak country in the isle of Sumatra from 1937 until the outbreak of World War II. He was the keeper of Oriental printed books and manuscripts at Leiden University Library in 1952 when the late Professor Kaare Gronbech asked him to catalogue the Batak manuscripts in Denmark. Afterward Dr. Voorhoeve cataloged the Batak manuscripts in the Chester Beatty Library (Dublin) and in The Royal Library (Copenhagen). He traveled extensively throughout his career to other European and American libraries to perform research on other Indonesian manuscript holdings. He was invited to Princeton University in the 1980s to research and provide catalogue descriptions for the John F. Mason Collection of Batak Manuscripts.

Source: From the finding aid for C0936