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Asia

Introduction

The following collections all contain material relating to more than one region of Asia. Click on the name of the collection to see a summary description from the A-Z listings. Alternatively, search for the collection on the SOAS Archive Catalogue.

Addis, Sir John Mansfield
China Inland Mission
Christian Aid
Conference of British Missionary Societies
Council for World Mission
Methodist Missionary Society
Movement for Colonial Freedom
Presbyterian Church of England, Foreign Missions Committee
United Society for Christian Literature

East Asia

Based upon the UNESCO definition, this area includes the following countries: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Korea DPR, Korea R, Macau, Mongolia and Taiwan.

Addis, Sir Charles Stewart
Alabaster, Sir Chaloner
Aylward, Gladys
Beckingsale, Laura
Bowra Papers
Carpenter, John Baker
China Association
Coates, Patrick Devereux
Evans, William
Geller Diaries
Hart, Sir Robert
Legge, James and Hannah
Mann, Ebenezer and Mabel
Maze, Sir Frederick
McLean, David
Ogden, Sir Alwyne George
Pratt, Sir John Thomas
Royal Institute of International Affairs, Far East Department
Scott Family Papers
Sewell, William Gawan
Swire, John (John Swire & Sons Ltd)
Wedlock, Dora and Teddy

South Asia

Based upon the UNESCO definition, this area includes the following countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sikkim and Sri Lanka.

Arnold, Sir Thomas Walker
Baké, Dr Arnold A.
Banks Photographic Collection
British in India Oral Archive
Cousins, (Ethel) Constance
Dundas, Henry and Robert
Durand Papers
Higgins, John Comyn
Hodson, Henry Vincent
Lorimer, Lieutenant-Colonel David Lockhart Robertson
Mackinnon, Sir William
Mills, James Phillip
Moraes, Francis Robert
Mutiny Scrapbooks
Pandey, Bishwa Nath
Reay, 11th Baron (Donald James Mackay)
Ross, Sir Edward Denison and Dora Ross

South East Asia

Based upon the UNESCO definition, this area includes the following countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Agence France Presse
Baker, Alan Custance
Blythe, Wilfred
British North Borneo Papers
Cromwell, Tom Pearson
Furnivall, John Sydenham
Guthrie Corporation
Hall, Daniel George Edward
Henderson, Eugenie Jane Andrina
Jones, Barbara Whittingham
Light, Captain Francis
Malayan Union Papers
Melanesian Mission
Philippine Republican Government
Powell, Ifor B. (Collection on the Philippines)
Ray, Sidney Herbert
Serdang Central Plantations

Useful Resources

There are a number of surveys and guides to assist researchers to identify and locate relevant archival material held in the UK.

  • Anita L. P Burdett Summary guide to Archive and Manuscript collections relevant to the former British Colonial Territories in the United Kingdom (1988)
  • ed. D. A. Low, J. C. Iltis, M. D. Wainwright Government Archives in South Asia
  • N. Matthews and M. D. Wainwright A Guide to Manuscripts and Documents in the British Isles relating to the Far East (1977)
  • J. D. Pearson A Guide to Manuscripts and Documents in the British Isles relating to South and South-East Asia (1989-90)
  • Anne Thurston Sources for Colonial Studies in the PRO Vol 1 (1995)
  • M. D. Wainwright A Guide to Western Manuscripts and Documents in the British Isles relating to South and South-East Asia (1965)