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Private Papers



As of 31 January 2019, the Library has in its custody 32 private papers collections. Out of which, there are 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. However, we need at least a week's notice of your arrival at our Library. Please complete and return (via email or fax) the Private Papers Usage Agreement form back to us prior to your visit.

In order to reduce the risk of handling originals, private paper collections that are already digitised, 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 chronologically based on acquisition date)


Tan Cheng Lock 
• Private Paper Index
David Marshall
Loke Wan Tho



Gerald D. Cruz  
• Private Paper Index
Alex Josey  
• Private Paper Index



K. S. Sandhu
S. Rajaratnam





S. Q. Wong (Siew Qui)
Tun Ismail Abdul Rahman  
• Private Paper Index
Lim Kim San
H.S. Lee 
• Private Paper Index
Wang Gung Wu
(accessible via SealionPLUS)
G. William Skinner
J. P. Hannah
P. G. Lim
George McT Kahin



Tommy Koh
Ivan Polunin
Lim Swee Aun
Syed Hussein Alatas
Lim Keong Lay Family
Tan Chin Tuan
Chan Heng Chee
Wong Ah Fook
Ronald D. Hill
Alfred Wong
Maurice Baker