The Southeast Asia Collection at Ohio University Libraries, established in 1967, is among the oldest and largest collections of research materials on Southeast Asia in North America. Ohio University Libraries is the largest collector of library materials on Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei and one of the largest covering the nation of Indonesia in the United States. Since 2005, Ohio University has also made great strides in expanding its library holdings on Thailand. The Southeast Asia Collection directly supports the curriculum and research of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and an ever-expanding circle of students and faculty at Ohio University and beyond. For a more comprehensive description of the Southeast Asia Collection’s resources, including databases and other useful research tools, please refer to the Libguide for Southeast Asian Studies. 

The Southeast Asia Collection houses a number of special sub-collections and other resources, including  the Malaysian Resource Center, the Marion Alden Southeast Asia Fine Arts Collection, the David K. Wyatt Thai Collection, and an excellent Southeast Asia film collection. 

Malaysian Resource Center 

The Malaysian Resource Center was established at Ohio University in 1987 to better inform individuals and organizations in North America about Malaysia. The Center serves as the U.S. depository for books, government documents and media that exemplify Malaysian culture and history. Available library resources also cover Malaysian agriculture, economics, environment, media, art and politics. The Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia (National Library of Malaysia) collects and ships library resources to the Center each year. These materials are available to Ohio University students and faculty, as well as outside researchers and organizations through interlibrary and document delivery services. The Head of the Ohio University Southeast Asia Collection also serves as the Coordinator of the Malaysian Resource Center.

The staff is happy to assist with research inquiries related to Malaysia. For further information, please contact Jeffrey Ferrier, Head, Southeast Collection, at


The Marion Alden Southeast Asia Fine Arts Collection

The Marion Alden Southeast Asia Fine Arts Endowment was established in 1986 by Dr. Vernon R. Alden, formerPresident of Ohio University (1962-1969) as a gift to his wife, Marion Parson Alden, on the occasion of their 35th wedding anniversary. The endowment supports the acquisition of fine arts materials for the Southeast Asia Collection.  Throughout her life, Marion Alden was an enthusiast and avid patron of the arts. She was a member of the Arts Council at MIT, the Arts Advisory Board at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a trustee of Ohio University’s Kennedy Museum of Art and the American Repertory Theater, and a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Volunteers.

For additional information about the Marion Alden Southeast Asia Fine Arts Collection, please contact Jeff Ferrier






David K. Wyatt Thai Collection

 In October 2005, Ohio University Libraries purchased the private library collection of the late Cornell University professor David K. Wyatt. The collection, consisting of roughly 15,000 volumes, about half of which are in Thai, includes most of the standard works on Thailand and Southeast Asia in general, a substantial number of Thai royal chronicles, the greater part of King Chulalongkorn’s (1868-1910) diaries and letters, and an extensive array of monographs, memoirs and cremation volumes. The acquisition of the Wyatt Collection represents one of the largest private library collections ever acquired by Ohio University Libraries. 

The David K. Wyatt Thai Collection is housed on the first floor of Alden Library in the Southeast Asia Collection. For further information about the David K. Wyatt Thai Collection, please contact Jeffrey Shane