Personal Manuscripts on the Periphery of Javanese Literature: A Survey and Digitisation of Private Collections from the Javanese North Coast, its Sundanese Hinterlands and the Fringes of Court (EAP1268)

Aims and objectives

The project highlights the periphery of Javanese and Sundanese literature. It covers tales written by scribes residing near shrines, notebooks scribbled by commoners and works produced by courtiers on their own behalf without apparent patronage from nobles or sovereigns. I stumbled upon these sources during the last four years while doing fieldwork in places like Gresik, Yogyakarta, Surakarta and Tasikmalaya. Their vernacular provenance increases their obscurity and simultaneously limits their preservation due to a lack of patrons. But it also allows for an interesting survey on the more personal sides of Javanese and Sundanese writing.

Outcomes

The records copied by this project have been catalogued as:

  • EAP1268/1 Personal Collection of Peter R.B. Carey (1932-1946)
  • EAP1268/2 Lumpur Collection (1850-1857)
  • EAP1268/3 The Panembahan Collection, Yogyakarta (20th century)
  • EAP1268/4 The Baluwarti Collection, Surakarta (1820-2000)
  • EAP1268/5 The Keprabon Collection, Surakarta (1887-1970)
  • EAP1268/6 The Wirobrajan Collection, Yogyakarta (1899-2000)