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Southeast Asian Collection

Collection Details

Southeast Asian Collection held at Cambridge University Library [Institution record]

Description of Collection

Content description

Over 25,000 books and manuscripts. Coverage comprises all aspects of Southeast Asian Studies in all periods.

History and development

The central interest in the Southeast Asian collection was sparked in 1933 when Sir J.G. Scott's collection, collected in Burma [Myanmar] where he was Superintendent of the Shan States, was given to the library in its large oak cabinet, after his death and the death of his brother Sir Robert Forsyth Scott, Master of St. John's College. It includes many Pali, Burmese and Shan manuscripts, letters, manuscript maps and ephemera. Richard James Wilkinson presented manuscripts and lithographed and printed books in Malay in 1900, and further manuscripts in 1910. The manuscripts of Thomas Erpenius came to the University Library in 1632 and include five Malay manuscripts from Sumatra.

Strengths

The clear stengths of the collection is in its manuscripts, the most significant being the Buddhist manuscripts. The monograph collection is especially strong on Buddhism. But in the University Library it is always wise to look widely outside the department, maps will be found in the Map Department, Official Publications will be found in the Official Publications Department, Asian language Bibles will be found in the Bible Society's Library, music will be found in the Music Department. Indeed music is a good example where the L.E. Picken ethnomusicological collection is so very impressive in its Asian coverage. The Jardine Matheson Papers are an important archival source for historians of Southeast Asia, and come under the Manuscripts Department.

General arrangement and access regulations

Open access (except for rare and reserved items). Books are arranged according to the Cambridge University Library Classification System. Southeast Asian monographs are classified in 839-844. Southeast Asian manuscripts are requested in the Manuscripts Reading Room. Southeast Asian periodicals are requested in the Periodicals Department. The open access books stand on North Wing, Floors 5 and 6. A copy of the classification scheme is available on these floors. Pre-1900 publications have been withdrawn to closed access; these may be requested in the Rare Books Reading Room. Tibetan pothi format (unbound) books (S839 or Tib) may be requested in the Manuscripts Reading Room. In addition, works in Indic, Tibetan and Southeast Asian languages may occur in other Library collections, e.g. early works may be in Rare Books classes, government publications in Official Publications, maps or music in the relevant collections. Readers are strongly advised to use the catalogues, whenever possible by author, in the first instance. Works in Western languages on Indian, Tibetan and Southeast Asian subjects (other than language and literature) are classified in the general range of library classification, e.g. a study of Buddhism written in German will be classified with religion, not with the language texts in 833-844; a modern study in English on South Asian archaeology will be found with archaeology; one on Southeast Asian coins with numismatics; a general history of Tibet under history (subdivided by Tibet), not under Tibetan (subdivision history).

Subjects of the Collection

Regions of Asia

East Asia, South East Asia.

Countries

Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, The Philippines, Vietnam.

Languages of material

Achinese, Achinese, Balinese, Batak (Indonesia), Bikol, Buginese, Burmese, Cebuano, Chamic languages, Chamorro, Creoles and pidgins, Dayak, Gayo, Gorontalo, Hiligaynon, Hmong, Iban, Iloko, Indonesian, Javanese, Kachin, Karen, Kawi, Khmer, Lao, Madurese, Makasar, Malay, Mandar, Minangkabau, Miscellaneous languages, Mon-Khmer (Other), Nias, Pali, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Philippine (Other), Sasak, Shan, Sino-Tibetan (Other), Sundanese, Tagalog, Tai (Other), Tetum, Thai, Tok Pisin, Vietnamese, Waray, Yao.

Subjects

Agriculture, Anthropology, Archaeology, Arts, Communication and media, Development, Economics, Education, Environmental sciences, Geography, History, Human rights, Industries, International relations, Language, Law, Literature, Medicine, Music, Philosophy, Politics and government, Recreation, Religion, Science and technology, Sociology, Travel, Women.

Languages as linguistic focus

Achinese, Achinese, Balinese, Batak (Indonesia), Bikol, Buginese, Burmese, Cebuano, Chamic languages, Chamorro, Creoles and pidgins, Dayak, Gayo, Gorontalo, Hiligaynon, Hmong, Iban, Iloko, Indonesian, Javanese, Kachin, Karen, Kawi, Khmer, Lao, Lao, Madurese, Makasar, Malay, Mandar, Minangkabau, Miscellaneous languages, Mon-Khmer (Other), Nias, Pali, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Philippine (Other), Sasak, Shan, Sino-Tibetan (Other), Sino-Tibetan (Other), Sundanese, Tagalog, Tai (Other), Tai (Other), Tetum, Thai, Tok Pisin, Vietnamese, Waray, Yao, Yao.

Collection Material and Size of Collection

Material Types

Archival materials (includes non-published & mixed material), Audio materials (includes cassettes & CDs), Books, Computer files (includes CD-ROMs & other electronic material), Manuscripts, Maps (includes all types of cartographic material), Music (only includes printed & manuscript music), Newspapers (includes microfilm editions), Official publications, Public records, Serials, Theses, Visual materials (includes photographs, prints, drawings, videos & films).

Size of collection - vernacular

20,000+ monographs

Collection Management Information

The collection is being actively developed, and the average intake has risen.

Annual intake

500 volumes

Content date range

0 to 0 AD

Collection policy

Collection Catalogue Information

Catalogue

All monographs are included in the Cambridge University Library OPAC or the Pre-1978 Guardbook Catalogue under romanised headings. A retrospective conversion of South Asian non-roman script entries from the Guardbook slips to the online OPAC was completed in 2000. Pre-1978 imprints must be checked in both catalogues until the University Library's retrospective conversion of roman script entries is completed. All OPAC records have Library of Congress subject headings. In recent years romanisation follows Library of Congress schemes. Vossius, Gerardus Joannes, 1577-1649. Gerardi Ioannis Vossii Oratio in obitum clarissimi ac praestantissimi viri Thomae Erpenii ... : habita statim ab exsequiis in auditorio theologico XV. novemb. anno MDCXXIV : accedunt funebria amicorum carmina ... Lugduni Batavorum : Ex officinG Erpeniana, sumptibus I. Maire, 1625 [2], 46, [52] p. ; p., 19 cm. In Latin Erpenius, Thomas, 1584-1624. Ronkel, Philippus Samuel van Bericht aangaande de jongste aanwinst van Maleische handschriften in het buitenland (Cambridge) Amsterdam, 1925 16 p. p., 23 cm. In Dutch Mededeelingen der Koninklijke Akademie van Wetenschappen, Afdeeling Letterkunde.; Deel 59, ser. A, no. 8; Variation: Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen.; Afd. Letterkunde.; Mededeelingen.; v. 59, no. 8. Manuscripts, Malay -- Catalogs. Manuscripts -- Great Britain -- Catalogs. Cambridge University Library. Cover-title. Browne, Edward Granville, 1862-1926 A catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge / by Edward G. Browne Cambridge : University Press, 1896 xl, 471 p. ; p., 25 cm. In English and Persian. Some text in Persian script. Manuscripts, Persian -- Catalogs. Manuscripts -- England -- Cambridge -- Catalogs. Manuscripts -- Great Britain -- Catalogs. Cambridge University Library -- Catalogs. Includes indexes Coverage includes Malay manuscripts... Browne, Edward Granville, 1862-1926 A hand-list of the Muhammadan manuscripts: including those written in the Arabic character, preserved in the library of the University of Cambridge / by Edward G. Browne Cambridge: University Press, 1900 xvii, 440 p ; 23cm Manuscripts--Great Britain--Catalogs Manuscripts, Arabic--Catalogs Manuscripts, Persian--Catalogs Manuscripts, Turkish--Catalogs Cambridge University Library -- Catalogs. This later handlist includes Malay manuscripts... Ricklefs, M. C. (Merle Calvin), 1943- Indonesian manuscripts in Great Britain: a catalogue of manuscripts in Indonesian languages in British public collections / by M. C. Ricklefs and P. Voorhoeve Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977 xxix, 237p; 24cm London oriental bibliographies; v. 5 Bibliography: p. 188-202 Includes index Manuscripts, Indonesian--Great Britain-- Catalogs Voorhoeve, Petrus Coverage includes Balinese, Batak, Javanese and Malay manuscripts. Ricklefs, M. C. (Merle Calvin), 1943- Indonesian manuscripts in Great Britain: addenda et corrigenda / by M. C. Ricklefs and P. Voorhoeve London: School of Oriental and African Studies, 1982 p. 300-322; 25cm Reprinted from the Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies... vol. 45, part 2, 1982 Manuscripts, Indonesian--Great Britain--Catalogs Voorhoeve, Petrus Marrison, Geoffrey Edward The Scott manuscript collection in the University of Cambridge Library a preliminary survey / by G. E. Marrison. [London? : G. E. Marrison, 1972] 12 leaves ; 30 cm. Manuscripts, Burmese -- Catalogs. Scott, James George, Sir, 1851-1935. Cambridge University Library. Caption title

Catalogue transliteration schemes

Library of Congress

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