Retrospective reports by Dutch civil servants in Indonesia, these briefings contain important source materials for those who research local, social, political and economic history of Indonesia. The Memories were used to brief newly appointed officials about their assigned administrative area. They cover the entire Indonesian Archipelago.
IDC Publishers has now selected the Memories pertaining to (Netherlands) New Guinea. This includes reports up to the 1950s and 1960s. The documents provide details of the period in which Dutch authorities attempted to keep New Guinea independent from Indonesia, which had been granted sovereignty in 1949.