Private Papers



As of 31 January 2019, the Library has in its custody 33 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 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)
• Private Paper Index
Tun Ismail Abdul Rahman  
• Private Paper Index
Lim Kim San
H.S. Lee 
• Private Paper Index
Julio A Jeldres
Wang Gung Wu
E-Catalogue(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
Private Paper Index
Chan Heng Chee
Wong Ah Fook
Private Paper Index
Ronald D. Hill
Alfred Wong
Maurice Baker
Kennedy Gordon Phillip Tregonning
Mary Somers Heidhues
Toshio Egawa
Ian Glover
Wong Pow Nee