A multitude of people is responsible for bringing
this project to fruition but I would like to take the time to express my
thanks and appreciation to a handful who contributed most significantly to
First, I would like to thank Drs. Chih Wang,
past-Dean of the University of Guam Robert F. Kennedy Library, and Kenneth
L. Carriveau, Sr. for their encouragement in undertaking this project and
assisting in its initial development and design.
Many thanks go out to Profs. Monique Storie and Karen
Peacock, the respective curators of the Richard Flores Taitano Micronesian
Area Research Center Guam and Micronesia Reference Collection and the
University of Hawaii Pacific Collections, for allowing me to have free,
unrestricted access to two of the greatest collections of Micronesiana in
the western world during my research travels.
I also thank Dean Avery Sharp, Prof. John Wilson, and
Prof. Ruthann McTyre, my colleagues and mentors at the Baylor Libraries,
for their support, encouragement, and helpful suggestions.
I am very grateful to the Baylor Interlibrary Loan
Office staff, particularly Beverly Cownover, Sheryl Salazar, Clark
Griffin, and Jennifer Prieto, for their cheer and aplomb in obtaining
documents for me, especially those with Russian, Japanese, or Chinese
Si Yu’us Ma’ase’ and Mahalo to the staffs of
the Richard Flores Taitano Micronesian Area Research Center, University of
Guam RFK Library, and University of Hawaii libraries for their assistance
with locating items in their collections.
Last, but not least, I would like to thank the Baylor
University Research Committee and the Office of Sponsored Programs for
their financial support, without which this project would never have been
possible. This study was
supported in part by funds from the Baylor University Research Committee.