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Title: Identifying and collecting primary sources of information in the archives and libraries in England, New Zealand, United States and Singapore to reconstruct the details of daily lives of the civilian internees at the Changi Prison and Sime Road Camp during the Japanese occupation of Singapore, 1942-1945: Issues and challenges
Authors: Lim, Peng Han
Issue Date: 2013
Citation: Paper presented at the SEALG Annual Meeting at the 7th EuroSEAS Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 4 July 2013
Abstract: 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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