Southeast Asia


Areas of current collecting include history, politics, religion, economics, society, culture, language, literature, arts, music and education . Much older material is held on microfiche or microfilm, including those listed on the catalogue of  monograph publications 1945-1968. There are also many music recordings.

Important special collections include a large Southeast Asian pamphlet collection, the Balai Pustaka collection of early Indonesian vernacular literature, historical collection from the Dutch colonial period, and Charles Coppel collection on ethnic Chinese in Indonesia.

Some old and rare materials have been digitised, including Sukarno speeches, Sin Po and Star Weekly newspapers.

Other Southeast Asian collections

Collections in local languages and English are available for the study of Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Vietnam and East Timor. They include much colonial-era archival material and periodicals, mainly on microfilm. Amongst the special collections are the David Chandler collection on Pol Pot-era Cambodia, a collection of 1950s Malay popular and religious literature in Jawi script, a collection of material on the Burmese democracy movement, and the Southeast Asia pamphlet collection.

Accessing the Southeast Asian collection

See the Indonesian studies subject guide for more detailed information about resources, including relevant databases, microforms, multimedia materials, journals, online resources, online tutorials, staff members and more. Use Search to find specific materials. For general searching use the Search “keyword anywhere” option and enter the name of the country plus other topic words that describe what you want. You can use the “Limit” function to limit your search results to materials in Indonesian, Malay, Thai, Vietnamese or other Asian languages. For further information about resources and databases see relevant library guides.