The audio-visual recordings mostly consist of folk tales (via story telling), documentaries, docudramas and feature movies.
Archives of ISEAS Annual Reports
In 1973, an oral history project was initiated in ISEAS as a means to generate primary source materials for scholarly uses. The subject of interest at that time was local history of the Japanese Occupation period and the immediate post-war Singapore. Subsequently, the scope of the interviews expanded to cover autobiographical memoirs of prominent personalities who were highly regarded in their respective fields such as business, education, and politics. Due to limited resources, the oral history programme became dormant after 1997. In early 2015, as part of its collection building efforts, the Library revived the programme on a smaller scale, thematically aligned with ISEAS’ current research direction.
Oral history interviews on Myanmar’s post-independence political development
With the help of ISEAS’s former Senior Visiting Fellow U Ye Htut, the Library has been building up a collection of oral history interviews since 2017, with 14 individuals to date who have given oral narratives, covering a wide range of subjects documenting not only their personal life experiences but also their involvement in various aspects of social and political development of post-war Myanmar and its nation building path.
These interviews comprise more than 70 hours of audio recordings, with 795 pages of transcripts in Burmese already completed for 6 of the interviews. Of the 14 interviews in this collection, 12 are available for immediate access by scholars and academics studying and writing about modern Myanmar history. The metadata of these open access interviews may be viewed via ISEAS Library’s SEALionPLUS database (https://sealionplus.iseas.edu.sg), while 2 interviews are embargoed until 31 Dec 2022.
Interested researchers may enquire with ISEAS Library (email@example.com) for more details and access to the available interviews. A short introduction to each of the interviewees is available below.
The Library’s map collection is one of the unique collections of Southeast Asian cartographic materials in Singapore. It consists of approximately 1,200 titles ranging from the years 1768 to 2013.
As of 31 January 2021, the Library has in its custody over 30 private papers collections, including the papers of 27 prominent individuals from Singapore and Malaysia. These private collections provide historical perspectives on social, political and other aspects on Southeast Asia. Library users are welcome to refer to the papers with at least a week’s notice. Please complete and return (via email or fax) the Private Papers Usage Agreement form back to the Library prior to your visit.
In order to reduce the risk of damage to the originals, the Library is progressively digitising these collections. Where available, only the digital surrogates will be released for viewing.
Private Papers available for consultation at the Library are:
(Private Papers available for consultation are arranged alphabetically by their surname)
The Library’s collection of rare and antiquarian books on the region has been acquired based on their high research value. Most have been converted into microform or digital format to facilitate user access. Users can refer to the microforms or digital copies by making a request at the Circulation Desk. The Library has compiled a list of rare and antiquarian books ranging from 1688-1930. Click here to access the list.
The Library houses an extensive and unique range of over half a million physical items related to Southeast Asia in the area of economics, politics, international relations, culture, and social studies in multiple languages and formats, and provides access to more than 10,000 electronic resources including full text journal articles.
The Collection consists of Monographs, Annuals, Statistics, Reference tools, Maps, Print Journals, Newspapers, Conference Papers and Theses. Please use the SEALion catalogue to search and browse the collection.