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
Private Paper Index
Loke Wan Tho


Gerald de Cruz
Private Paper Index
Alex Josey
Private Paper Index


K. S. Sandhu
S. Rajaratnam
Private Paper Index


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 JeldresWang Gungwu
E-Catalogue (Accessible via SeaLionPLUS)
G. William Skinner
Private Paper Index
J. P. HannahP. G. Lim
George McT Kahin


Tommy KohIvan PoluninLim Swee Aun
Private Paper Index
Syed Hussein AlatasLim Keong LayTan Chin Tuan
Private Paper Index
Chan Heng CheeWong Ah Fook
Private Paper Index
Ronald D. Hill
Alfred WongMaurice BakerK. G. Tregonning
Private Paper Index
Mary Somers HeidhuesToshio Egawa
• Private Paper Index
Vol 1, Vol 2
Ian Glover
Wong Pow Nee