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.

Parabaik Dec. 28, 1873 - Jan. 21, 1893
[17] p. on one folded sheet. Black note book written in several hands on many subjects. Records of loans taken, gifts received, verses on the law of impermanance, record of division of an inheritance. There are several pages listing days when it is considered unlucky to do anything important, such as building, planting, getting married. A list of omens seen in the direction of a bird's flight. Extracts of religious works and notes on medical treatments. White script on continuous black paper folded fanwise (9 folds). Ms. Donor: Burma Studies Group
Purabuik' [19-33]
Small black paper notebook with plain wood cover; collection of nats, devas, bilu (ogres) and weikzas. The verso pages contain more erased notebook pages and more enigmatic magical figures. Written with soap stone. Donor: Burma Studies Group. MS
Kammavaca
[20] p., Lacquered copper plates, col. ill. 10 copper plates (some plates missing) held between end boards of gilded wood. Donor: Burma Studies Group Ms.
Parabaik
[20] p. on one folded sheet. Black notebook with notes on two land disputes and their settlement, a trial by ordeal, a verse on fortune telling, on the way of the King as found by Jatakas, commentary on religious works, list of loans made by Ma Rham Ma and Maung Hpe, and a list of gifts received on occasion of sending a son as novice to a monastery. White script on continuous sheet of black paper folded fanwise (18 folds). Ms. Donor: Burma Studies Group., I. AD 1873: The expenses of a land dispute were Kyats 120 and Ma Rhan's share was Kyats 61.5 and Maung Pya could pay only Kyats 30 and for the remainder he gave a nusery plot where seven baskets of seeds mixed (each time to raise the seedlings of paddy) in mortgage to Ma Rhan., II. Land dispute between Nga Hsan and Mi Rhan was settled by abitrarion by U Rwet, Donor of Taung Na Htein monastery, village headman on September 5, 1873., III. Judge Maha Min Hla Yaza allowed a trial by ordeal (of burning two lamps simultaneously and the owner of lamp that extinguishes early lost this case) on August 1873., IV. A verse on fortune telling, V. Various information on the way of King as found in Jatakas, and commentaries on religious works., VI. List of money given on loans by Ma Rhan Ma and son Maung Hpe. The list was compiled on May 18, 1868., VII. List of gifts received on this occasion of sending a son as novice to the monastery on February 28, 1880.
Hkan Kammawasa
[14] p.: Copper plates.Recitations at monks meetings in nine sections. This Kammavaca contains nine sections of recitations used by Buddhist monks in ceremonies such as ordinations, the offering of robes to monks, and paying homage to the Buddha as well as the ancestors. It was originally sponsored in order to gain merit in 1926 by U Ba Win and his wife Ma E, and their two daughters, Ma On Yi., and Ma Than Yi of Lancaster Street, Rangoon. Work on the manuscript was organized by U Myat Nyun and incised on copper plates under the supervision of U Sumana, Head of Forest Monastic Establishment and incised by U Yin Vepulla. The manuscript originally contained nine plates, only seven remain. Upasompada Khantaka, Kathina Khantaka, Sīma Khantaka, Uposathāgarā Khantaka, Therasammuti Khantaka, Nāmasammuti Khantaka, Nissayamuttsammuti Khantaka, Kappiyibhūmisammuti Khantaka, Kutivatthu Olokana Sammuti Khantaka. 7 copper plates, 2 plates missing. Ms. Donor: Burma Studies Group.
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One of fourteen parabaik manuscripts that make up the work Explanations on Dictionary of Pali. White script on continuous black paper folded fanwise (19 folds).
Parabaik
Painted illustrations of Jataka and Ramayana figures, some captioned and allocated to days of the week, astrological calculations. Black script on one side and colored illustrations on the other side of continuous sheet of white paper folded fanwise (13 folds). Outside folds black with red ink. Ms. Donor: Burma Studies Group.
Purabuik' [1-18]
Small black paper notebook with plain wood cover; collection of nats, devas, bilu (ogres) and weikzas. The verso pages contain more erased notebook pages and more enigmatic magical figures. Written with soap stone. Donor: Burma Studies Group. MS
Aṅgā ; Buddhahū, Byañjīkok ; Krāsapat́e sokra can
162 pages on 81 palm leaves. Plam leaves edged in red lacquer held together between two black end boards. Plam leaf manuscript includes astrological tables used in making a horoscope, how to make a lunar calendar, method to calculate auspicious and ceremonial times. Donor: Burma Studies Group
Thahtayatanawaga Thanyok Palitaw
One folded sheet ([40]p). Attributed to Gautama Buddha. Work on this manuscript began on April 14, 1856 and was intended for King Mindon, the second-to-last ruler of the independent Burmese kingdom. The red lacquered wooden binding boards are decorated with gold-leaf birds and floral designs. Donor: Burma Studies Group Ms.