Subsidiary Collection Development Policy: History

Subject Librarian Contact Information

Priyanka Sharma
Telephone: 6601-3660


Collections support the History Major and Minor within the Division of Humanities.

Course offerings in the History Major span a wide range of geographical regions, such as East Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe, the Americas and the Indian Ocean. They also address important thematic issues such as empire, colonialism, modernisation, urbanisation, science and technology, migration and diaspora, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and material culture.

The research carried out by faculty members is varied and wide ranging, and includes European, Chinese and British history, history of Southeast Asia, economic history, intellectual history, history of ideas, archaeology, ancient economies, South Asian history, Japanese history, history of early America and the Atlantic world, the first world war, the history of ancient Eurasia, and the cultural history of diplomacy. [1]

Description of Materials Collected

The materials collected are scholarly.

The vast majority of items in the collection are in English; primary source materials in languages other than English may be collected.

There are no limitations on geographic range.

The periods covered range from the ancient world to modern/recent history.

The range of call numbers under consideration is:

D 1-24.5 History (General)
D 51-100 Ancient history
D 101-110.5 Medieval and modern history
D 111-203 Medieval history
D 200-203 Later medieval. 11th-15th centuries
D (204)-(475) Modern history, 1453­
D 501-680 World War I (1914-1918)
D 720-728 Period between World Wars (1919-1939)
D 731-838 World War II (1939-1945)
D 839-860 Post-war history (1945- )
DA 1-995 History of Great Britain
DAW 1001-1028 History of Central Europe (General)
DB 1-20.5 History of Austria. Liechtenstein. Hungary. Czechoslovakia Austria. Austro-Hungarian Empire (General)
DB 901-999 Hungary
DC 1-20.5 History of France (General)
DE 1-100 History of the Greco-Roman World
DF 10-289 Ancient Greece
DF 501-649 Medieval Greece. Byzantine Empire, 323-1453
DG 11-365 Ancient Italy
DG 401-483.8 Medieval and modern Italy, 476­
DG 532-537.8 Renaissance
DH 1-23 History of Low Countries. Benelux Countries (General)
DJ 1-30 History of Netherlands (Holland)  (General)
DJK 1-77 History of Eastern Europe (General)
DK 36-293 History of Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics.
DL 1-6.8 History of Northern Europe. Scandinavia. (General)
DP 1-27 History of Spain (General)
DP 501-520 History of Portugal (General)
DQ 1-20 History of Switzerland (General)
DR 1-11 History of Balkan Peninsula (General)
DR 401-419 Turkey (General)
DS 1-937 History of Asia
DT 17-39 History of Africa (History)
DT 56.8-69.5 Antiquities (Egypt)
DT 74-107.87 History (Egypt)
DT 1701-2405 South Africa (History)
DU 108-117.2 History of Oceania (History)
DU 419-422 New Zealand (History)
HQ 1-2044 The Family. Marriage. Women



The collections include monographs in both print and electronic formats. Audio-visual (AV) materials, as well as digitized primary collections, are also considered and acquired.

Formats that are not collected:

  • Textbooks
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Microfilmed items
  • Print serials
  • Study guides

Collecting Priorities

Areas of concentration are:

  • Colonial America
  • Economic history of the ancient, medieval and modern world
  • European intellectual history
  • Archaeology
  • Trade in the ancient world
  • History of the Ancient Middle East
  • History of science and technology
  • 17th to 19th century British history
  • The British East India Company
  • British imperial history
  • History of international diplomacy
  • History and culture of modern societies at war
  • 19th and 20th century Japanese History
  • Social and political history of colonial Punjab
  • History of the South Asian diaspora
  • Partition of India
  • History of Singapore
  • History of Early America
  • Atlantic History
  • History of Sino-British relations
  • History of Southeast Asia
    • 18th and 19th century Vietnamese history
    • Southeast Asian cultural history
  • History of East Asia
  • World War I
  • Early cold war culture
  • History of homosexuality
  • History of Sexuality and Gender
  • History of Women and Gender
  • History of capitalism
  • History of Eastern, East-Central, and Western Europe
  • Early Chinese intellectual history
  • Early, Medieval and Later-Imperial Chinese History
  • History of connectivity in ancient Eurasia


Related Local Collections

  • Collections at NUS Libraries, including Special Collections. Relevant materials include:
    • Singapore primary sources (e.g. factory and military records, Sessional Papers, gazettes, etc.)
    • East Asia sources
    • British Colonial Office records
    • India Office records
    • Digitised special collection of pre-war Singapore Chinese newspapers
    • Digitised pre-war Japanese publications on Southeast Asia
    • Singapore and Asian film sources
    • MA and Ph.D thesis collection of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Collections at National Library Board (NLB) Libraries
    • The National Reference Library collects world history materials, in particular the general history of Asia (China, Japan, Korea) and the Far East.
    • The Southeast Asia Collection includes the Ya Yin Kwan Collection, Rost Collection, Gibson-Hill Collection and a wide collection of early 19th century literature. As stated by the National Library Board,“the Collection is a valuable source of materials for historical research, particularly for the nineteenth and twentieth centuries covering fiction, anthropology, religion, law, linguistics, the arts, social sciences, humanities, science and technology. The publications are in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil and a small number in the European languages of former colonial powers, mostly Dutch and French.”[2]
    • Rare Materials Collection, totalling over 8700 items, “features some of the most valuable and significant publications from the 19th and early 20th centuries – many of which were issued by the earliest printing presses in Singapore. The collection offers invaluable insights on the early socio-cultural, economic and political development of Singapore and Southeast Asia through its wide range of historical research materials. All titles in the Rare Collection are microfilmed.”[3]
  • The National Archives Reading Room provides access to records such as photographs, maps, records, and transcripts of oral history interviews. Recorded oral history interviews, which explore various aspects of Singapore history, are also available online.
  • Part of the National Archives, the Former Ford Factory’s exhibition and collection includes materials and artefacts that document World War II in Singapore.

[1] Yale-NUS College, “Programme Description,” accessed November 27, 2018,

[2] National Library Board Singapore, “Singapore and Southeast Asian”, accessed February 18, 2019,

[3] National Library Board Singapore, “Rare Collections”, accessed February 18, 2019,