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Introduction

This guide covers primary sources* on Singapore (from 1819), available mainly at NUS Libraries . It is a selective list of starting points for students and researchers working on Singapore history.

* Primary sources “provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic under investigation. They are created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being documented.” (from Yale University, Primary Sources at Yale) . 

This is a new resource guide (under development). We will be adding contents at regular intervals. Please try it and let us know what you think.

Overview of Singapore’s history and corresponding main primary sources kept in NUS Libraries

Period Years Sources
    Executive Government Defence
 Singapore   East India Company and Indian Office Records  Government of India Straits Settlements Records Various defence records, U.K. 
  Factory (Fort Marlborough)   1819-1823
  Factory (Gov. of Bengal)  1823-1826
   
 Straits Settlements  
  Presidency  1826-1829
  Residency (Gov. of Bengal) 1830-1851
  Residency (Gov.-Gl of India) 1851-1858
  Residency (India Off., London)     1858-1867
  Crown Colony (Colonial Off., Ldn) 1867-1942 Various Colonial Office series
 
     
 Japanese Military Administration  1942-1945  
     
 British Military Administration  1945-1946  
     
 Colony of Singapore 1946-1959  
     
 Colony of the State of Singapore  1959-1963  
     
 Federation of Malaysia  1963-1965  
    Mindef Singapore
 Republic of Singapore     1965-
         

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