Richard Flores Taitano Micronesian Area Research Center
University of Guam
The Micronesian Area Research Center (MARC) at the University of Guam is a premier center for social sciences and humanities research in the western Pacific and a major resource for materials related to Guam and Micronesia. It was established by an act of the 9th Guam Legislature in 1967 as a repository of information about the Micronesian region. Initially conceived mainly as a special library collection on Guam and the wider Micronesian region, MARC added a research agenda in the mid-1970s in response to external reviews.
MARC library faculty have focused on building a world-class collection and translating important historical material into English, while MARC research faculty have contributed to regional development and knowledge through research on island history and archaeology, economics, socio-cultural change, language, education, and health. Island leaders who worked to establish MARC at UOG believed that the growth and progress of the community requires an informed citizenry, as knowledgeable of their local history and heritage as they are of the world offshore.
MARC library collection and faculty researchers provide a base for individuals to discover, study and become enlightened about the region’s rich history and diverse cultures, and to use this knowledge to better understand their current realities and the world around them.