The Richard Flores Taitano Micronesian Area Research Center (MARC) has been publishing research-based, evidence-driven academic texts primarily focused on historical and contemporary issues impacting the social, political, economic, and sustainable development of Western Pacific islands and communities for over 30 years.
MARC Publications include a variety of historical texts about Guam and Micronesia dating back to the late 1600s. From Spanish and other European accounts of their travels to the Marianas to the history of baseball in Palau, MARC Publications offers readers an extensive collection to choose from.
MARC Publications also include a series of working papers and other resources available upon email request at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please find the full listing of MARC Publications, Working Papers and Resources in our Catalog (provide link to catalog here).
In partnership with Guampedia, MARC Publications also has free e-publications available on the Guampedia website.
Editors: Rebecca A. Stephenson and Mary L. Spencer
Located in the western Pacific Ocean, the Ulithi Atoll is considered one of the most important Pacific Island communities today, and consists of the islets Mogmog, Asor, Falalop, Fasserai, and Lossau.
Chris Perez Howard
Mariquita, first published in 1982, has become the most widely read novel about the CHamoru experience during World War II on Guam. Author Chris Perez Howard chronicles his mother's vibrant life before the War, her enduring strength during the Japanese occupation of the island, and her tragic death at the end of it. He also paints a vivid picture of life on Guam during these pivotal years. For this edition, Perez Howard revisits the story and adds more details, photos, and letters. It is a continuing tribute to a mother whose legacy lives on in the memories of all who read it.
Luis de Morales, S.J. & Charles Le Gobien, S.J. Edited and commented by: Alexandre Coello de la Rosa
Histoire des isles Marianes (History of the Mariana Islands), written in Paris in 1700, provides a detailed glimpse into a tumultuous and critically significant period in the history of the Mariana Islands and the Chamorro people – the period commonly referred to as the Spanish-Chamorro Wars.
Francisco Olive y Garcia, Translated and Annotated by: Marjorie G. Driver
This report written by Governor Francisco Olive contains his insights about the social, political, and economic conditions of the Marianas. He focuses on the underdevelopment of the islands and draws the Spanish Government to look back at the colony’s history, specifically the second half of the 19th century. The report reflects the colonial mentality of Olive, who stresses the responsibility of the Spanish Government to the inhabitants of the Marianas, leaving unchallenged the right of Spain to maintain its sovereignty over the islands.
Mary L. Spencer
Children of Chuuk Lagoon examines the everyday lives of school-aged children in the Chuuk Lagoon island of Romonum in the Federated States of Micronesia. The book documents the natural histories, and home and school experiences of 12 case-study children ranging in age from 6 to 14.
Jose M. Torres
This book tells the story of the courageous people of Malesso', an idyllic village in southern Guam. During the Japanese occupation, after scores of their people were killed, a group of men rose up in a little-known place called Atåte, where they fought and massacred the Japanese to protect their families and, in doing so, liberated themselves.
In this anthropological study of a neurodegenerative disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis/Parkinsonism-Dementia Complex (ALS/PDC) in Guam, Western Pacific, Verena Keck intertwines three separate perspectives of history, medicine, and anthropology.
Father Aniceto Ibanez del Carmen, O.A.R. & Father Francisco Resano del Corazón de Jesús, O.A.R. o Translated, Annotated, and Edited by: Marjorie G. Driver & Omaira Brunal-Perry
Over time, the CHamoru people of the Mariana Islands have been subjected to the ravishes of natural disasters, pestilence, war, and myriads of disquieting circumstances. After the arrival of the Spanish missionaries in the islands, such events were recorded, first by the Jesuits (1668-1769), and later by their successors, the Augustinian Recollects (1789-1908). The many Jesuit records have long been available; those of the Augustinians have been conspicuous by their absence. In 1969, an abridged version of a long sought after nineteenth century register, or chronicle, known to have been kept in the Hagåtña parish church was presented to the Micronesian Area Research Center, thereby confirming the survival of at least portions of the parish's Libro de cosas notables (The Book of Notable Things). For today’s readers, the Chronicle of the Mariana Islands is a treasure-trove of Chamorro nineteenth century memorabilia.
Joyce K. McCauley, Ph.D; Evelyn Flores-Mays, M.A.; Craig D. Lewis, Ed.D; Daniel S. McCauley, Ed.D; Clarissa Quan, Ph.D
The Pacific Islands Educational Leadership Summit offered a forum to major educational leaders of the Pacific Basin to share experiences, perspectives and aspirations regarding the future of Pacific education.
Marjorie G. Driver (Editor), Victor F. Mallada (Translator)
Antonio de Pineda y Ramirez was both a military officer and scientist for the Spanish crown, being most famous for his botanical research. Heading the scientific expedition under the auspices of King Carlos III, he sailed across the world collecting data in different countries, which eventually lead him to the Mariana Islands in 1792. After spending twelve days on Guam, he observed both the geological and zoological aspects of Fort Santo Angel, a small fortification at the entrance to Umatac Bay. Shortly after his departure from Guam, he passed away, leaving behind valuable scientific information about the island.