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Libraries & Museums

Museum Collections

The Philippine Photographs Digital Archive
The Digital photographs archive consists of over 2,100 images taken from the following Special Collections Library photograph collections. In general, the images depict Filipinos, buildings, dwellings, and monuments in and around Manila, Filipino political and military leaders, members of American commissions and military units based in the Philippines, and numerous landscape scenes, particularly on Mindanao and in Lanoa Province.

The Dean C. Worcester Photographic Collection Online Exhibit

The University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology
One of the nation's largest collections of Southeast Asian archaeology and ethnology. Extensive collections and several online exhibits on the Philippines, Thailand, Sumatra, and New Guinea.

The University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)
The UMMA collection of Southeast Asian art is focused on Buddhist and Hindu sculpture from Thailand, Cambodia, and Indonesia.

The Department of History of Art Archives
The Department of History of Art houses two significant collections:

  • The Southeast Asian Art Foundation Archive (SAAF Archive) contains approximately 100,000 photographs and slides, and features 18 collections of visual materials by photographers and leading scholars of Southeast Asian art. Collections may be viewed through the U-M Digital Library here.
  • The Southeast Asia Archive contains photographs of monuments, sculpture and murals of Thailand and Java.

Apsara Warrior, an over life-sized female divinity figure fabricated with detonated AK47s, is currently on view at the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Library Collections

Harlan Hatcher Library, Southeast Asia Collections
While three countries - Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand - have received the most comprehensive attention in collections, the Hatcher Library is also concerned with developing the collection by increasing our holdings for the other seven countries that make up the geographic region: Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore, and Vietnam.

The Bentley Historical Library Philippines Collection
Over the past one hundred years or more, a large number of University of Michigan faculty and alumni and other citizens of the state of Michigan have played a decisive role in shaping relations between the United States and the Philippines. The Bentley Historical Library has collected the papers of many of these men and women. The Bentley Historical Library offers a research grant twice a year to support writing on the holdings in their collections. Over the years, important works of scholarship on the U.S.-Philippines colonial experience have been supported by this grant.

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, housed on the University of Michigan's North Campus, contains core collections on the war in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos during especially the Nixon and Ford administrations; the flight of refugees from Indochina after April 1975 and the admittance of many to the United States; the accounting of U.S. armed forces MIAs and POWs; and the issue of amnesty/clemency for draft resisters and military absence offenders.