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Paper presented at the SEALG Annual Meeting at the 7th EuroSEAS Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 4 July 2013
During the Japanese occupation of Southeast Asia from 1942 -1945 there
were hundreds of British, Dutch and American internee camps located
throughout Southeast Asia although very little is known about these camps
due to the lack of primary and secondary sources of information, except for
the European internees in Singapore. The author has uncovered sources of
information that can be found in books, journal articles, oral history, maps,
paintings and drawings, photographs, diaries, colonial and military records,
theses and newspapers published in the prison camps, national archives,
missionary archives and personal records to enable him to reconstruct the
daily lives of the internees throughout their internment. This article will
demonstrate how to locate and itemise each of the sources of information
located in many libraries, archives and universities in Singapore, New
Zealand, England and the United States. The construction of a preliminary
and partial bibliography of these sources of information will raise issues of
collection development, access to information and copyright, particularly, if
an institution plans to digitalise the materials as a heritage collection.
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