Written and Oral Sources

The short pieces found here recount researchers' experiences of how they read across or tapped into useful sources in national or colonial archives; how their research revealed little-known sources; how they gathered and made use of transnational oral histories; or their experience of using family archives or other small repositories or libraries.


Scale model of Jerusalem, Jerusalem Municipal Archives Archives in Israel/Palestine holding material from the British Mandate period
The Israel State Archives is the main source for the official records from the British period..... »»

Old Cairo Working in the 'Dar', Egypt's National Archive
The Dar al-Wathaiq, Egypt’s National Archive, is situated along the Nile Corniche in the heart of central Cairo, just north of Tahrir Square.... »»

View of the Ka'ba, Mecca, by Muhammad Sadiq Bey, c.1880Pilgrimage narratives

Pilgrimage narratives are an invaluable and relatively accessible corpus of sources from which to study Asia's interconnections in modern history.... »»

View of the Ka'ba, Mecca, by Muhammad Sadiq Bey, c.1880The Forgotten Archives of Malay Communism

As far as historical subjects go, the Tenth Regiment communists are like ghosts of ghosts. Established on 21 May 1949 in the jungles of Pahang .... »»