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.

Purabuik' [14-27]
54 p. on one folded sheet. A white note book with plain wood cover; written with ball pen, pencil and col. pencil. Collection of In�". The final three pages, recto are texts about the powers and vulnerabilities of children at certain critical ages, and about how to protect them at such junctures. Donor: Burma Studies Group. MS.
Purabuik' [1-13]
54 p. on one folded sheet. A white note book with plain wood cover; written with ball pen, pencil and col. pencil. Collection of In�". The final three pages, recto are texts about the powers and vulnerabilities of children at certain critical ages, and about how to protect them at such junctures. Donor: Burma Studies Group. MS.
Purabuik' (Part 4)
Black paper notebook written with soap stone. Some pages damaged; letters partially blurred. Donor: Burma Studies Group. Ms.
Purabuik' (Part 3)
Black paper notebook written with soap stone. Some pages damaged; letters partially blurred. Donor: Burma Studies Group. Ms.
Purabuik' (Part 2)
Black paper notebook written with soap stone. Some pages damaged; letters partially blurred. Donor: Burma Studies Group. Ms.
Purabuik' (Part 1)
Black paper notebook written with soap stone. Some pages damaged; letters partially blurred. Donor: Burma Studies Group. Ms.
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.
[Shan Parabaik]
Small black paper note book with plain wood cover; written with ball pen, pencil, and col. pencil., The final three pages, recto are texts about the powers and vulnerabilities of children at certain critical ages, and about how to protect them at such junctures., Donor: Burma Studies Group.
Purabuik
A fascinating description of the art of Burmese ritual tattooing. This Parabuik was written sometimes around the end of the nineteenth century to guide people in the use and meaning of specific tattoos. The text is written in pencil and red and black ink on one continuous strip of white folded paper and bound with black lacquer cover. Donor: Burma Studies Group
Dhammapada Athakattia Nissaya
This palm leaf manuscript from 1922 AD contains a translation, from Pali to Burmese, of portions of the sacred Buddhist scriptures, or Tipitaka. The leaves, with gilt edges, are bound by red lacquered boards, twelve lines to a page. Other titles: Tipiṭaka, Suttapiṭaka, Khuddakanikāya, Dhammapada. Donor: Luu Foundation.
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.