Primary Sources on East and Southeast Asia

Below are a selection of potential starting points for primary sources relevant for historical research on East and Southeast Asia. Many of these are open access, while others are available through library electronic resources available at the University of St Andrews. Not all of these sources are in English and I have included some sources here for use by students who are able to read Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

Newspapers and Periodicals:

Government Documents

Missionary Reports and Publications

Memoirs, Diaries, Digitised Books etc.

Propaganda, Posters, and Pamphlets

Photographs, Postcards, Films

Recordings and Sound

Maps and GIS

Old Books Related to East and Southeast Asian Region






Hong Kong

Southeast Asia

Some Key Secondary Source Databases

Some Good LibGuides and Link Collections for East Asia Related Sources