Southeast Asia Archives Project


L to R: James Fox, Peter McCawley, Jamie Mackie, Anthony Reid, David Marr and Gavin Jones

The Project highlights and documents the Australian National University’s formidable legacy in Southeast Asian Studies. From the 1960s until recent times, ANU has had an exceptional concentration of specialists in the history, culture, language, politics and economics of the region, and helped to define the new international field of Southeast Asian Studies.

In collaboration with the ANU Archives, the Southeast Asia Institute invites past and present scholars to identify valuable material for future researchers. This material could be field notebooks, audiovisual recordings, interview notes, correspondence, translations, ANU administrative records, photographs or ephemeral publications. Material donated to the Archives will be searchable in the Archives database and in the National Library’s Trove, and select material digitised for online research use.

The Archives already holds some of the papers of Professors David Marr, Anthony Reid, Harold Crouch and Dr Emily Sadka. The following material is already accessible in the University’s Open Research repository:

-Photograph of ANU Southeast Asian scholars visiting China in 1980;

-Recording of the King of Thailand’s visit to ANU in 1962, the announcement of the Asian Fellowship by Pro Chancellor HC Coombs and His Majesty’s response;

-Oral history interview with Professor Tony Johns.

Digitisation projects currently underway:

-Professor David Marr’s Vietnam research files which include taped interviews (including with Vo Nguyen Giap) and rare posters (example below);

-Recordings of the ‘Asia behind the News’ radio program from the late 1970s to 1980s.

If you have materials to donate to the project, please contact Maggie Shapley, University Archivist -

David Marr Poster

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