Southeast Asian Core Collections

The souheast asian collections are the heart of the Library of the French school of asian studies. It covers a wide range of geographical areas, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia and to a lesser extent East Timor and the Philippines.

The core of the collections was built by the Indochinese studies lead by the founding fathers of our school, Louis Finot, Georges Coedès, and Henri Parmentier. The Southeast Asian collections then kept on increasing via donations, exchanges, and purchases focusing on Efeo's domains of excellency, archeology, architecture and art history, epigraphy and philology, languages and classical literature, history and religious studies.

The collections grow through purchases of documents in western languages in Paris headquarters, as well as in vernacular in Southeast Asia via the research centres in Chiang Mai, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta among others.
The Southeast Asian collections have close to 33 000 monographies catalogued in SUDOC, half of which in vernacular, and about 300 periodicals.
In terms of statistics, Thailand has the most documents with 15 000 references in the catalogue, Indonesia is second with 6 000 titles, Vietnam has 3 000 titles and finally Cambodia with nearly 2 000.

Moreover our library has a precious collection of manuscripts and rubbings collected during our researchers field studies abroad, from the Indochinese period to present day.
These collections comprise several hundreds khmer and cham manuscripts, over one hundred siamese and pali manuscripts and a dozen indonesian and burmese manuscripts.
Finally, the collection of rubbings concerns Cambodia (over one thousand), Campa and Indonesia (several hundreds) as well as the State of Rhakine and Myanmar (several dozens).

Contact: Magali Morel, head of the Southeast Asian core collections

EFEO News
EFEO Field Scholarships - 2nd Semester 2021
22 March 2021
The deadline for submitting an application to an EFEO Field Scholarships for Master and PhD students enabling a field study in Asia at one of the EFEO centers is set to the 22th of March 2021. READ MORE
Exhibition
Pondicherry, India, 19 January 2021
The exhibition "The Five French Settlements in India as Recorded in Eighteenth-Century Plans (1673-1824)" will take place from 19th January 2021 to 28th January 2021 at the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP).
Jointly organised by IFP, the Alliance française de Pondichéry and the EFEO Centre in Pondicherry, this exhibition, conceived and realised by Jean Deloche, will be held as part of the Pondicherry Heritage Festival 2021.
This exhibition is an introduction to the history of the old French establishments in India and an inventory of their vanished monuments.
Covid-19 Information: new procedures of the library
Paris, France, 14 January 2021
How to access the EFEO library and the loan-return service

The EFEO library is open by appointment from Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. It offers a document lending and return service every Wednesday.
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Asian Treasures of the EFEO
Paris, France, 12 January 2021

Discover "Les paysans de la forêt à travers le regard d'un ethnographe: le fonds photographique de Jean Boulbet au Sud Vietnam, 1947-1963" presented by Catherine Scheer and Isabelle Poujol, 1st video of the series "Asian Treasures of the EFEO" created to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the EFEO!
Paris EFEO Seminar
Paris, France, 11 January 2021
Christophe Marquet (EFEO) speaks on: "Interroger les images populaires japonaises : Leroi-Gourhan versus Yanagi" [Questioning popular Japanese images: Leroi-Gourhan versus Yanagi]. This seminar is part of the sequence Images: objects and sources of the seminar ASIES of the master "Études Asiatiques".

From 10.30am to 12pm. The conference will take place online upon prior registration.
Once registered you will receive the elements to log in (seminar link and password). READ MORE