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Voorhoeve, Peter
P. Voorhoeve Collection of Batak Manuscript Translations
Manuscripts Division
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2 boxes and 0.8 linear feet
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2


The P. Voorhoeve Collection of Batak Manuscript Translations consists primarily of English translations of Batak manuscripts by Petrus Voorhooeve. Also includes some related articles (drafts) and catalogue descriptions.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of Voorhoeve's English translations of some of the manuscripts in the the John. F. Mason Collection of Batak Manuscripts. Also included are catalogue descriptions, a copy of a Batak Pustaha, and related articles by Voorhoeve and others regarding the John F. Mason Collection of Batak Manuscripts and the Princeton Batak bark manuscripts included in the Robert Garrett Collection and the Scheide Library.


The translations are arranged numerically: their numbers correspond to the manuscript numbers in the John F. Mason Collection of Batak Manuscripts.

Collection Creator Biography:

Voorhoeve, Peter

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.

Collection History


Gift of P. Voorhoeve.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Teresa T. Basler in 2003. Finding aid written by Teresa T. Basler in 2003.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

P. Voorhoeve Collection of Batak Manuscript Translations; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2

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Some of the manuscripts found in draft form in the collection came to print in the following publication: Voorhoeve, P. "Four Batak Manuscripts in Princeton," The Princeton University Library Chronicle. v. 30, no. 3 (Spring 1969).

Subject Terms:
Batak (Indonesian people) -- Manuscripts
Batak language -- Manuscripts.
Manuscripts -- 20th century.
Manuscripts, Batak -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- Translations into English.
Genre Terms:
Correspondence -- 20th century
Letters -- 20th century.
Typescripts -- 20th century.
Voorhoeve, Peter
Sumatra (Indonesia) -- Languages.