The Donn V. Hart Southeast Asia Collection

The Donn V. Hart Southeast Asia Collection at the Northern Illinois University libraries includes a large number of books, periodicals, microform sets, pamphlets, manuscripts, and videos. Materials from and pertaining to the eleven Southeast Asian countries are available in English and in vernacular languages. It is indeed one of the best collections for Southeast Asian studies in the country.

A certain number of selected books and manuscripts from this collection have been digitized and made available. There are other digitized materials also included which are not a part of the Donn V. Hart Southeast Asia Collection.

Kammawa-sa
[30] p. : col. ill. Ivory Plates. Made of thin and very fragile ivory sometime in the mid-1800's, the plates of this rare and beautiful kammavaca contain black and gold square style Burmese script and are bound by red and gold decorative wooden boards. Decorations on first leaf and at ends of second and third leaves. Some leaves chipped and worn. Manuscript enfolded in purple and gold wrapping. Donor: Burma Studies Group.
Kammavasa
[16] leaves; Lacquered Copper Plates. Completed sometime during the 1800's this kammavaca is made from thin copper plates that have been lacquered and bound in wooden covers decorated with red and yellow figures and designs. The text, written in the Pali language using the square style Burmese script, covers ordination ceremonies for Buddhist monks.