Southeast Asian Images & Texts (SEAiT) is a digital archive of unique and beautiful historical images accessible through the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center (UWDCC). SEAiT’s mission is to put “rare materials into the hands of students” in order to support scholarship in the field of Southeast Asian studies; a partnership with the UWDCC and the project of digitizing SEAiT collections and provide easy online access to previously unavailable resources has gone a long way toward realizing this goal.
The SEAiT digitization project began in 1995 with a team of dedicated people drawn from UW-Madison departments, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, and Memorial Library staff, who helped to create an online presence for the SEAiT collection. Larry Ashmun, a Senior Academic Librarian in the UW-Madison Libraries who specializes in Southeast Asian & Hmong studies, has been the driving force behind the project. Ashmun’s focus on procuring significant image donations and cultivating meaningful information about those images has been a key factor in making the SEAiT digital archive project a reality, in addition to the critical partnership with the UWDCC.
SEAiT’s collections are comprised primarily of digitized photographs and slides with accompanying title, date, location, and acquisition information. Some also include research and teaching materials contributed by UW faculty and staff, and rare or unique items from the UW Libraries’ collections pertaining to the subject.
SEAiT can be accessed through the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center website by searching the Digital Collections Listing alphabetically for “SouthEast Asian Images & Texts.”
The five Philippines collections contain striking images representing nearly a hundred years of the country’s history.
- American Expatriate Album: Iloilo Philippines
- E. Murray Bruner Philippine Image Collection
- Liberato Picar Philippines Military Academy Album
- Library of Congress Philippines Image Collection
- National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Philippines Image Collection
Other important Southeast Asian Collections in SEAiT include:
- Joel M. Halpern Laotian Slide Collection
- Images of Angkor Wat
- United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia: UNTAC Radio Archives
- Images of Wat Tham Krabok Refugee Camp
To learn more about SEAiT’s background, the individual collections, and forthcoming additions, check out this Archive Profile by Larry Ashmun: The SouthEast Asian Images & Texts (SEAiT) Project at The University of Wisconsin-Madison.