In 1973, an oral history project was initiated in ISEAS as a mean 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 interview 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, the Library revived the programme in a smaller scale and thematically aligned with ISEAS’ current research direction, as part of its collection building efforts.