Southeast Asian Newspapers

An Open Access collection sponsored by the Center for Research Libraries

Southeast Asia in the late-Nineteenth and early-Twentieth centuries was largely and violently controlled by Western colonial powers, with most of the region divided among the British, French, Dutch, Spanish, and American empires, supplanted by a brief period of Japanese colonialism following the outbreak of war in Europe and the Pacific. The post-World War II era witnessed a series of revolutions as local leaders looked to regain independence from colonial powers. Decolonization efforts spread throughout the region, alongside turmoil and bloodshed, ultimately leaving the newly independent states in charge of their own political, economic, and social pathways for the first time in decades.

The Southeast Asian Newspapers collection chronicles the changes that took place throughout the region during this period, and the challenges of early statehood. Covering several countries from the region, including Myanmar (formerly Burma), Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, and featuring multiple languages such as Dutch, English, French, Javanese, Spanish, and Vietnamese, the Southeast Asian Newspapers collection incorporates a wealth of coverage and perspectives on major regional and global events of the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Open access to the Southeast Asian Newspapers collection is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Center for Research Libraries and its member institutions.

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Current Titles

Current titles in the Southeast Asian Newspapers collection include:

  • Bramartani (꧋ꦨꦿꦄꦂꦡꦟꦷ꧉), Indonesia, Javanese, 1876
  • Đông-Pháp th̀ơi-báo, Vietnam, Vietnamese, 1923-1928
  • El boletín católico, Philippines, Spanish/Cebuano/English, 1921-1930
  • El filipino libre, Philippines, Spanish/Filipino, 1899
  • El Grito del Pueblo, Philippines, Spanish, 1903-1907
  • El tiempo, Philippines, Spanish, 1901-1908
  • France-Indochine, Vietnam, French, 1922-1940
  • Freedom, Philippines, English, 1898-1899
  • Gia định báo, Vietnam, Vietnamese, 1865-1909
  • Indonesia Raya, Indonesia, Indonesian, 1948
  • La dépêche d’Indochine, Vietnam, French, 1930-1942
  • La France d’Asie, Vietnam, French, 1901-1906
  • La tribune indigene, Vietnam, French, 1917-1923
  • La volonté indochinoise, Vietnam, French, 1926-1945
  • Sumatra, Indonesia, Dutch, 1924-1936
  • The American Soldier, Philippines, English, 1898
  • The Burmese Review, Myanmar, English/Burmese, 1946-1948
  • The Cablenews-American, Philippines, English, 1907-1920
  • The Cebu Chronicle, Philippines, English/Spanish/Cebuano, 1910-1913
  • The Siam weekly advertiser, Thailand, English, 1883

Access the collection to see the most current list of available titles.

About the GPA CRL Alliance

East View and the Center for Research Libraries have created the GPA CRL Alliance to steer the development of a series of thematically designed databases for East View’s Global Press Archive program to meet the specific needs and priorities of CRL members. Launched in 2019, the charter phase of the GPA CRL Alliance resulted in the creation of nine collections, encompassing hundreds of newspaper titles and totaling over 4.5 million pages, of which 3 million pages are fully Open Access.

The first of these collections – Late Qing and Republican-Era Chinese Newspapers, Middle Eastern and North African Newspapers, Independent and Revolutionary Mexican Newspapers, Imperial Russian Newspapers, Southeast Asian Newspapers, and South Asian Newspapers – are all Open Access collections and are the result of close collaboration between East View and CRL, with CRL advisors selecting and curating the content, and CRL members funding the collections to facilitate global Open Access.

Encouraged by the positive results of Phase 1, a second phase of the GPA CRL Alliance is now underway. The continuation of this highly successful academic-commercial partnership between CRL and East View will serve our shared values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and continue to extend access to global newspaper collections to the widest possible audience. Fundraising for Phase 2 has ended but CRL members are still encouraged to contribute to the program.

Click the link below to learn more about the GPA CRL Alliance, available collections, and plans for the next phase of the Alliance.