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Advanced research resources on Southeast Asia

About this Guide

This Guide compliments the basic research materials suggested in the Southeast Asian Studies Research Guide.  Its broad focus is on vernacular language materials from the region and more specialized research materials.


See also the Southeast Asia Collection Description for collection strengths and collecting priorities.

Introduction to the Collection

Southeast Asia Advanced Research Pages


Southeast Asia materials are located throughout the Suzzallo and Allen Libraries, and other branch libraries. Most book and audio-visual materials can be found through the on-line catalog. Some vernacular language material is not fully catalogued, but can be found as an order record through an author or title search in the library catalog. Uncatalogued materials will be catalogued upon request, using the Request button.

The Southeast Asian Studies librarian is available for Reference assistance most days on a drop-in basis, or by appointment.


The Section was established as a separate unit in September 1989.  It supports the campus Southeast Asian Studies Program. The UW Libraries is a member of the SEAWest library consortium, including University of Oregon, University of British Columbia, Universities of California at Berkeley and Los Angeles and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Under the agreements of this consortium, the University of Washington Libraries maintains strong collections in the following areas:

  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Vietnam (with particular emphasis on regional materials from the South)
  • Thailand


The University of Washington Collection supports teaching of Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai and Vietnamese languages and curriculum activities, primarily 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.

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.

Southeast Asian Studies Section

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Judith Henchy
Judith Henchy

Head, Southeast Asia Section

Box 352900

University of Washington Libraries

Seattle, WA 98195

Office: Room 131 Suzzallo Library

Telephone: (206) 543 3986

Fax: (206) 685 8049
206 543 3986