Southeast Asia

Our collections for Southeast Asia feature both western language and indigenous publications with a particular focus on the humanities and social sciences. The central strength of the collection lies in the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia, with growing holdings from Vietnam. Other countries represented include Myanmar, Singapore, Malaysia, East Timor, Laos, Cambodia and Brunei.

Spanish, Dutch, French, English, Japanese and German language collections support the indigenous collection, reflecting the colonial powers present in the region. 

Important related collections 

Our Philippine American History Special Collection covers the period in the early 1900s. The Labadie Collection documents American activities in the Philippines, the protest movement during the Marcos era, Mai Lai legal transcripts, and poster collections from the Vietnam War.

Additional relevant collections include tapes on Indonesian classical and pop music at the Music Library, materials in the Askwith Media Library, and maps and documents in the Clark Library

Noted collections outside of the U-M Library system include those at the:

History of the collection

The Southeast Asia collection was established in the early 1960s in line with the university’s growing foreign area studies programs. 

A photo of Mindanao Island from the Philippine Photographs Digital Archive.


Fe Susan T Go

Librarian for Southeast Asia, Australia,New Zealand and the Pacific Islands


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