The ISEAS Library is home to several private papers of prominent personalities and one of them is Tun Sir Henry H.S. Lee (Lee Hau Shik), who was a politician and a banker.
Tan Chin Tuan’s banking activities and his philanthropy are captured in his private papers which are deposited at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. The collection, known as the Tan Chin Tuan Private papers, is a sizeable one with nearly 54,000 pages of documents in 727 folios.
In April 2021, ISEAS Library received a set of materials from Dr Sara Marshall, daughter of the late David Marshall, to add to the David Marshall Private Papers. Among the materials was a set of 54 letters addressed to his brother, Meyer, written by David Marshall while visiting China in 1956.
Wong Ah Fook, full name Wong Fook Kee [黄福基] (12 March 1837 – 12 September 1918) was a well-known builder, businessman and philanthropist in Singapore and Johor Bahru, Malaya, in the late 19th and early 20th century.