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Southeast Asia materials are located throughout the Suzzallo and Allen Libraries, and can also be found in other branch libraries in the University of Washington Libraries system. Most materials are fully catalogued and are accessible through the on-line catalog. Some vernacular language material is not fully catalogued, but all uncatalogued vernacular materials can be found as an order record through an author or title search in the library catalog. Uncatalogued materials will be catalogued upon request. Please inquire at the Circulation desk, the Southeast Asian Studies Office, or use the Request button on the catalog record screen.

The Section Office also maintains a separate card catalog of Indonesian legal materials which were previously located in the Gallagher Law Library at the University of Washington.


The Section was established as a separate unit in September 1989 in response to the creation of the Northwest Regional Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies which comprises the Universities of Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. The Consortium was recognized by the Department of Education as a Title VI-funded National Resource Center in 1988. The libraries of the three core members developed a cooperative library agreement to divide collecting responsibility for research level resources on the countries of the region. This library consortium has now been expanded to include the Universities of California at Berkeley and Los Angeles and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Under these consortial agreements, the University of Washington Libraries maintains strong collections in the following areas:


The University of Washington Collection supports teaching of Thai, Indonesian and Vietnamese languages and curriculum activities in the social sciences and humanities.

* Significant elements of the collection are government publications, serials, or are published in microform format.

* Books are shelved according to the library classification schemes, Library of Congress, or the Dewey classification for older materials.


* Anthropology and religion of Thailand, with an emphasis on Northeast Thailand.

* Human rights and law in Southeast Asia.

* Dutch and French colonial scholarship and vernacular press from the 1930s in Indonesia and Vietnam.

* Modern Vietnamese history and society, and the American period in Vietnam.

* Serials and government publications from the American colonial period in the Philippines, and Filipino-American collections.


* Bibliographic Instruction in the use of the collection is provided to undergraduate and graduate classes.

* Specialized reference assistance is available to students upon request.

The Southeast Asia Section office is located in Room 131, on the 1st floor of the Suzzallo Library. The office is usually open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., but patrons are advised to call to make an appointment: 543-3986.

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Last modified: Monday July 28 2008