Private Papers

The ISEAS Library is home to over 30 private papers collections, including papers of prominent individuals mainly from Singapore and Malaysia such as David Marshall, S. Rajaratnam, Tan Cheng Lock, Tan Chin Tuan and Lee Hau Shik (HS Lee). The main strength of these papers lies in the historical perspectives that they provide on the political, social and economic environment in Southeast Asia in the period between the 1940s and the 1960s.

To consult these papers, please register with the Library as a member by filling in the online registration form and submit the Private Papers Usage Agreement form to libcir@iseas.edu.sg with details of the papers you wish to view.

As one week’s notice is necessary for processing private papers for viewing, do provide an indication of your date of visit in your email to us.

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:

(Arranged in alphabetical order)

Alfred WongAlex Josey
Private Paper Index
Chan Heng Chee
David Saul Marshall
Private Paper Index
George William Skinner
Private Paper Index
Gerald de Cruz
Private Paper Index
Ian GloverIsmail Abdul Rahman
Private Paper Index
Ivan Polunin
James Puller Hannah
(J. P. Hannah)
Private Paper Index
John LeggeKennedy Gordon Phillip Tregonning
(K. G. Tregonning)
Private Paper Index
Kernial Singh Sandhu
(K. S. Sandhu)
Lee Hau Shik (H. S. Lee)
Private Paper Index
Lim Keong Lay
Lim Kim San
Private Paper Index
Lim Phaik Gan (P. G. Lim)
Private Paper Index
Lim Swee Aun
Private Paper Index
Loke Wan ThoMary Somers Heidhues
Private Paper Index
Maurice Baker
Ronald David HillSinnathamby Rajaratnam
(S. Rajaratnam)
Private Paper Index
Syed Hussein Alatas
Private Paper Index
Tan Cheng Lock
Private Paper Index
Tan Chin Tuan
Private Paper Index
Tommy Koh
Law of the Sea Collection
Earth Summit Collection
Toshio Egawa
• Private Paper Index
Vol 1, Vol 2
Wang Gungwu
Private Paper Index
E-Catalogue (Accessible via SeaLionPLUS)
Wong Ah Fook
Private Paper Index
Wong Pow Nee
Private Paper Index
Wong Siew Qui
(S. Q. Wong)
Private Paper Index