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Rare Books and Special Collections At Northern Illinois University: Southeast Asia Materials in RBSC

A brief guide to Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University

Southeast Asia Materials housed in Rare Books and Special Collections

Special library materials belonging to the Donn V. Hart Southeast Asia Collection at NIU are housed in the Rare Books and Special Collections. They include Burmese and Thai manuscripts (palm-leaf, paper, kamavaca), maps of Asia from the 16th century to the 18th century, early printed books, and archival collections.

The majority of the Burmese and Thai manuscripts have been digitized and are available online on the Southeast Asia Digital Library.

All special Southeast Asian materials have been cataloged and their call numbers can be located by searching the online catalog of the NIU Libraries. The materials are available for viewing onsite in the Reading Room of Rare Books and Special Collections, Room 402, Founders Memorial Library.

For questions regarding the special Southeast Asia materials, please contact Hao Phan, Southeast Asia Curator,, 815-753-1809. 


The Donn V. Hart Endowment Fund

The Endowment was established in 1983 to strengthen the existing Collection. The annual income from this fund is made available for the purchase of materials for the Collection. Contributions to the Donn V. Hart Endowment Fund are welcome. Please feel free to contact the Southeast Asia Collection Office at (815) 753-1809

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Donn V. Hart, 1918-1983

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