Special collections: Kong-Koan archives

April 23, 2012 at 2:05 pm Leave a comment

Kong-Koan Archives

The Kong Koan Archives are the original Chinese and Malay Archives of the Chinese Council (Chinese Raad or Kong Koan 公館) in Batavia dating from the 18h to the 20th centuries. These are the only pre-modern Archives of Overseas Chinese in existence today.
The Kong Koan Archives do not belong to the University Library, but are housed inside the East Asian Library. For more information see the website ‘Friends of the Kong Koan Archives‘ (their new site is up!).

During its long existence as a semi-official colonial institution, the Kong Koan collected sizeable Chinese archival holdings with demographic data on marriages and funerals, accountbooks of the religious organisations and temples, documents connected with educational institutions, and the meetings of the board itself.

Further reading and links:


The East Asian Library has several special collections. For access to these special collections, please contact the reference desk. Here’s our complete list of special collections on China:

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