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Southeast Asia Collections at Berkeley


UC Berkeley is home to one of the strongest Southeast Asian collections in the country, with holdings maintained in the main stacks of Gardner/Doe Library and in subject specialty libraries around campus. Collection holdings can be reviewed through the university's online OskiCat catalog.

The South/Southeast Asian Library (S/SEAL), located in Doe Library, serves as the main reference center for Southeast Asian social sciences and humanities. S/SEAL maintains an extensive reference collection of bibliographies, indexes, dictionaries, atlases, directories, statistical annuals and core works in its reading room. The library’s website hosts useful links concerning research and exhibitions about Southeast Asia.

S/SEAL has also been responsible for organizing and cataloguing archival materials on the Vietnam War collected originally by the Indochina Center, long managed by the Center for Southeast Asia Studies, which was finally closed in September 2009, when the bulk of its collection was transferred to the Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech University.  This archive was first established at Berkeley by former Foreign Service officer Douglas Pike. 

The Ethnic Studies Library maintains primary and secondary source holdings relevant to the experiences of the Southeast Asian diaspora in the U.S., while Bancroft Library includes the university's special collections on Southeast Asia. These collections include the Barrows collection on the Philippines; the Briggs collection on Indonesia, Indochina, and the Malay Peninsula; and the McFarland archive on Thailand and Cambodia. The library also holds invaluable materials on the Philippines collected by R. F. Barton, Alfred Kroeber, and Bernard Moses in the first half of the twentieth century.

S/SEAL Contact Information

Ms. Virginia Shih, Southeast Asia Librarian

South and Southeast Asian Library

120 Doe Library, MC 6000

UC Berkeley

Berkeley CA 94720-6000

Tel. (510) 643-0850; Fax: (510) 643-8817