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The University's Southeast Asia Collections include a number of specialized collections as well as bequests and gifts. These are mostly distributed through the Main Library and various subject specialty libraries, including the South/Southeast Asia Library and are accessible through GLADIS / MELVYL catalogs.

Asia Foundation | David P. Barrows | Briggs Gift
Cormosea Technical Processes Archives
The Hann So collection on Cambodia archive | Indonesian popular serial fiction
Interviews and life histories of Thai writers
Malay narrative poems from South Kalimantan written in Jawi script
Maps of Southeast Asia | McFarland Collection | Pali Manuscripts
Publications of Various Indonesian Student Associations
Collection of Soeharto Speeches | Collection of Soekarno Speeches
John Spragens Collection | Swift Family Collection

The Asia Foundation A large number of books, documents, pamphlets, periodicals and other materials provided by the Asia Foundation in 1950, including works in the Indonesian language, Pali tripitaka in Burmese script and other scarce items. In 1983 the Asia Foundation donated its pamphlet collection to the South/Southeast Asia Library.

Barrows Papers A collection of David P. Barrows' books, diaries manuscripts, photographs, maps and papers, including materials on the Philippines for the 1900-1909 period when Barrows held several government positions there culminating in his appointment as general supervisor of education for six years.

Briggs Gifts Former U.S. Consul donated a large number of precious items on Indonesia, Indochina and the Malay Peninsula.

CORMOSEA Technical Processes Archives This is a collection of historical technical processes files about Southeast Asia cataloging and classification issues collected by CORMOSEA (Committee on Research Materials on Southeast Asia), Subcommittee on Technical Processes from 1980-1990. Very useful reference source for Southeast Asia cataloging.
Call # : Z693.5.a785.C67.1980 Library has box 1-2 (Stored at NRLF; inquire at SSEA about access to this collection)

The Hann So collection on Cambodia archive The materials of this collection focus largely upon Cambodian-American support for the forces opposing the Vietnamese occupation of Cambodia, in the years leading up to the Paris Peace Accords. The collection, which includes a broad range of documents in English, French and Khmer, spans the period 1979-1993, and is especially strong in documenting the development of the publication "Khmer Conscience." This collection's materials consist of approximately 100 monographs on a range of cultural, political, and historical.
Call # : DS554.84.H36 1979 (Stored at NRLF; inquire at SSEA about access to this collection)

Indonesian Popular Serial Fiction This collection of popular serial fiction from Indonesia consists of translations into Malay and Indonesian of Chinese "kung fu" stories by Chinese Indonesian and indigenous Indonesian authors. A small number of "Cerita silat bergambar or silat comic books are also included.
Call # : PN6790.I5.I53 SSEA (Stored at NRLF; inquire at SSEA about access to this collection)

Interviews and Life Histories of Thai Writers A collection of 48 sound tape reels containing the life histories and ideas of Thai intellectuals writing during the 1950's - 70's. Collected by Professor Herbert P. Phillips in 1975-76, the tapes are raw field data and thus are highly variable in length, detail and richness. The speakers are considered as key informants on Thai culture and include: M.R. Kukrit Pramoj, M.L. Boonlua Kunjara Thebayasuwan, Bhuthathaad Bhikkhu, Sulak Sivaraksa, Lao Khamhom, Angkhan Kanlayanaphong, Puey Ungphakorn, Suchit Wongthet, Chintana Yaudsunthormn, Rong Wongsawan, Vasit Dejkhunjorn, Seni Sauvapong and Archin Banchaphaan.
Call # : PL4200.I58 sound/r SSEA (Stored at NRLF; inquire at SSEA about access to this collection)

Malay narrative poems from South Kalimantan written in Jawi script Collection of photocopied Malay manuscripts written in Jawi script and consisting of narrative poems (syair). They probably date from the late nineteenth or early twentieth century.
Call #: PL5236 .M27 S/SE Asia (Stored at NRLF; inquire at SSEA about access to this collection)

Maps of Southeast Asia The Earth Sciences/Map Library has a wealth of maps and nautical charts of Southeast Asia, exclusive of world maps and general maps of Asia and the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The Map Collection also has atlases and gazetteers of Southeast Asia. Maps and charts are also located in 50 McCone Hall and the East Asian Library holds a large collection of World War II Japanese Army maps which include Southeast Asia.

McFarland Collection One of the earliest and most important American missionary families in Thailand, donated a major archive of materials related to Thailand between 1860 and 1950. In addition to some rare editions of of early Thai printed books, the collection includes numerous photographs of Thailand dating from as early as the 1860's, and journals, diaries, notes, and scrapbooks written by various members of the McFarland family. A particularly valuable group of photographs was taken at Angkor and other archaelogical sites in Cambodia and Thailand, some dating back to 1878.

Pali Manuscripts This collection of four Pali manuscripts have been cataloged individually.

"Nibbana sutr". In Pali (in Khmer script) and Khmer. Also listed under: Tipitaka. Suttapitaka. Dighanikaya.
Call # : Z6605.P26 N53 2001 SSEA
Shelved: Shelved in Rare Book Room, East Asia Library ; inquire at East Asia Library about access. to this collection)


"Lpoek Qangar Vatt". Khmer poem on the construction of Angkor Vat.
Call # : Z6605.K46 L66 2001 SSEA
Shelved: Shelved in Rare Book Room, East Asia Library ; inquire at East Asia Library about access.


"Mahavessantara jataka". Jataka story of Vessantara, previous birth of Gautama Buddha, Theravada Buddhist canon. In Pali (in Khmer script) and Khmer.
Call # : Z6605.P26 M34 2001 SSEA
Shelved: Shelved in Rare Book Room, East Asia Library ; inquire at East Asia Library about access.


"Sangayana". Buddhist recitation from the Vinaya. In Pali (in Khmer script) and Khmer.
Call # : Z6605.P26 S26 2001 SSEA
Shelved: Shelved in Rare Book Room, East Asia Library ; inquire at East Asia Library about access.


Publications of Various Indonesian Student Associations Collection of publications chiefly in Indonesian, a few in English. Several from the Indonesian Students Association in the United States.
Call # : LB3610.P83 SSEA (Stored at NRLF; inquire at SSEA about access to this collection)

Soeharto Speeches Collection of published speeches by Soeharto.
Call # : DS644.4.S643 (Stored at NRLF; inquire at SSEA about access to this collection)

Soekarno Speeches Collection of published speeches by Soekarno, chiefly in Indonesian with some in English.
Call # : DS644.S588 SSEA (Stored at NRLF; inquire at SSEA about access to this collection)

John Spragens Collection This collection includes fiction and poetry from North and South Vietnam; history and memoirs mainly from North Vietnam; academic journals and popular periodocals from the North. It also includes a number of English-language tiles from the North, including a nearly complete series of the journal, Vietnamese Studies. Additionally, it includes sound reels recorded by John Spragens from the front window at his house at 66/6 Pham Hong Thai street in Tra Vinh, Vietnam, Aug. 31, 1967-Feb. 20, 1968. These reels includes everyday sounds of people as well as the sounds of planes and bombing. These reels are cataloged under the title, "Ambient sounds from Tra Vinh, Vietnam". Call # : DS557.8.T4.A46 sound/r SSEA (Stored at NRLF; inquire at SSEA about access to this collection)

Swift Family Collection A collection of Buddhist palm leaf manuscripts from Thailand, some of which figured prominently in "The Written Word Remains", a display of manuscripts and rare printed books from South and Southeast Asia assembled from libraries, faculty and private collectors, and exhibited in the Main Library from March to June 1977. The Library also holds the priceless photographs and artifacts of material culture collected by early American scholars such as David P. Barrows, R. F. Barton, Alfred Kroeber and Bernard Moses. (Call # : Bancroft In Process; Contact Bancroft Library for access.)
For a detailed description of the collection click here.
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