The first day will be dedicated to an introduction to
**AM: Singapore history in deeds and print
**PM: A stroll through the Museum
**AM: A tour of history sources
**PM: Using sources
**PM: Reading between the lines: interpretations, biases and ‘facts’
Some insight to the Course Outline:
(1) List basic sources(Turnbull, Buckley, Song Ong Siang, Singapore Encyclopedia etc) & their limitations
***(a) overview of basic tools for People, Places, Events
***(b) overview of key resources using layout of Singapore & SEA Collection including references to bibliographies, newspapers, digital resources, infopedia
(2) Outline of Singapore history@ Singapore History Museum
(3) History of LKCRL’s collections– highlights of
***(b) 1878 – 1941 (i.e. Logan/Rost, Raffles Collection, MBRAS)
***(c) preservation during the war
***(d) 1950s - separation of Raffles Museum/establishing National Library
***(e) 1960s – SEA Room and its significance, LD (see below)
***(f) 1995 – NLB and its goals
***(g) 2005 – New National Library and its goals, Singapore and SEA Collection [Refer to bibliography of National Library listing for further readings]
-***** Legal Deposit (LD) – purpose of LD, its functions, print LD, electronic LD, accessibility
-***** Donor Collections - purpose of soliciting donations, importance of primary materials, significant donations made to date.
(4) Other Singapore collections including accessibility issues
***(a) NUS (Singapore/Malaysia Collection)
***(b) National Archives (records vs published)
***(c) other institutions (eg. Religious bodies, clan associations)
***(d) overseas institutions (ie US - CORMOSEA, UK – British Library, Netherlands (Leiden) – for East Indies)
***(e) highlights of new collections ie Donor Collection and emphasis on Singapore heritage both published and records
The above course is useful, yet not many will have the chance of attending it. Hence, I think the alternative source available online will be a good research guide for those who need the resources from time to time.
I like the following select bibliography by NUS librarians:
I think most of us who like to read Singapore History would like the nostalgic cover page http://www.lib.nus.edu.sg/bib/sh/ (cover designer: Wong Kah Wei).
The scratch of Singapore River without boat in water colour painting overlayed with a Stamp of Old Singapore River crowded with many bun boats along Boat Quay really reflects the changes of Singapore through our years of Nation Building.
The Internet edition with the copyright date "2002" is compiled and edited by Tim Yap Fuan.
It is "Based on the printed edition published in 1998 compiled by Tim Yap Fuan * Lee Ching Seng * Lee-Wang Cheng Yeng, Ong-Tang Sou Chan * Tham Wai Fong * Vimala Nambiar."
Many of the Librarians who contributed in the printed edition already retired from NUS library. This select bibliography compiled with their input as NUS librarians make me see the value of librarianship: Work on bibliograhpy etc by librarians are eternal in information dissemination. The values in their work is beyond their years of service.
Now, let us look at the structure of the select bibliography:
Books, Chapters-in-Books & Journal Articles