Private Papers

As of 31 January 2021, the Library has in its custody over 30 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:

(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 SanLim Phaik Gan (P. G. Lim)
Private Paper Index
Lim Swee Aun
Private Paper Index
Loke Wan ThoMary Somers HeidhuesMaurice Baker
Ronald David HillSinnathamby Rajaratnam
(S. Rajaratnam)
Private Paper Index
Syed Hussein Alatas
Tan Cheng Lock
Private Paper Index
Tan Chin Tuan
Private Paper Index
Tommy Koh
Toshio Egawa
• Private Paper Index
Vol 1, Vol 2
Wang Gungwu
E-Catalogue (Accessible via SeaLionPLUS)
Wong Ah Fook
Private Paper Index
Wong Pow NeeWong Siew Qui
(S. Q. Wong)
Private Paper Index