This book contains 50 specially curated items from the Rare Materials Collection, researched and written by a team of librarians from the National Library. Each article in this book contains a detailed description of the rare item as well as highlights of its history and provenance. Distilling 50 items from a 19,000-strong collection was a challenging task, and the final selection is at best only a representative snapshot of the complete repository.
Stories We Can Call Our Own
This book was published in conjunction with two exhibitions − “Land of Gold and Spices: Early Maps of Southeast Asia and Singapore” and “Island of Stories: Singapore Maps” − launched at the National Library of Singapore in January 2015. This book features some of the key maps that were showcased at the exhibitions, including those from the map collections of the National Archives and the National Library of Singapore, several of are rare maps from the 15th to 19th centuries.
GeolGraphic: Celebrating Maps and Their Stories
The Singapore House by Lee Kip Lin is a comprehensive study of the various domestic architectural styles that thrived in Singapore from 1819 until the outbreak of the Pacific War – from English, Georgian, Victorian, Eclectic, Edwardian, Baroque, Arts and Crafts and Modern International to the home-grown Coarsened Classical. Beautifully illustrated, The Singapore House marks a major attempt to document a rich and beautiful architectural legacy. The over 400 illustrations include rare historical materials, remarkable photographs and fascinating architectural drawings.
Lee Kip Lin: Kampung Boy Conservateur
In 2009 the family of the late Lee Kip Lin donated to the National Library Board of Singapore over 14,500 slides and negatives of modern Singapore that he had taken, among other items of historical merit such as maps, rare photographs and prints, and books. Over three decades from 1965 to 1995, Lee captured the many landscapes and buildings that would eventually disappear from the island and its shores. Close to 500 photographs have been reproduced in this book to showcase the exuberance and eloquence of the different built forms – in an era when time and space in Singapore was more accommodating.
Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year
Chapters on Asia features selected papers written by scholars who have been awarded the National Library’s Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship. This 2015 edition consists of the following papers.
- A Depiction of World War II in Singaporean Asian Books for Children / Khoo Sim Lyn
- Women and Islam in Pre-19th Century Aceh / Ma. Theresa Milallos
- Interpreting Media Constructions of Samsui Women in Singapore / Kelvin Low
- On the Waterfront: The Building of Singapore’s First High-rise Skyline 1918–1928 / Julian Davidson
- Multiculturalism in Colonial Singapore: A Study of Plurality and Solidarity / Phyllis Chew
- The Historical and Cultural Significance of the Record Industry in Singapore, 1900–1975 / Ross Laird
- 新加坡华文书业历史简述 / Zou Lu
- 胡文虎及其虎标药品在新加坡报纸的广告研究, 1916–1954 / Sin Yee Theng
- Perceptions of Welfare in Colonial Singapore / Ho Chi Tim
The book, written in Malay, covers the biography of Masuri S. N., including his legacy, the controversies that dogged his life, and his published and unpublished works, including poetry and short stories.