Northern Illinois University Libraries, along with a consortium of U.S. institutions represented by CORMOSEA and several international partners have used grant money from the US Department of Education to create the Southeast Asia Digital Library. The Digital Library provides access to research materials and bibliographic indexes, and supports a wide range of research and teaching activities. It employs standards developed and approved by American and international library organizations to provide free access to archives of textual, still image, sound, and video resources, covering both historical and current information from the region.
Funding for the project began in October 2005 and has continued each year from that time. More information is available at the project website accessible through the banner link above. For more information on the grant program see the US Department of Education's Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access website.
Cambodian Genocide Project
The Cambodian genocide of 1975-1979, in which approximately 1.7 million people lost their lives (21% of the country's population), was one of the worst human tragedies of the last century. As in Nazi Germany, and more recently in East Timor, Guatemala, Yugoslavia, and Rwanda, the Khmer Rouge regime headed by Pol Pot combined extremist ideology with ethnic animosity and a diabolical disregard for human life to produce repression, misery, and murder on a massive scale.
Since 1994, the Cambodian Genocide Program, a project of the Cambodian Genocide Program at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies, has been studying these events to learn as much as possible about the tragedy, and to help determine who was responsible for the crimes of the Pol Pot regime. In Phnom Penh in 1996, for instance, we obtained access to the 50,000-page archive of that defunct regime's security police, the Santebal. This material has been microfilmed by Yale University's Sterling Library and made available to scholars worldwide. As of December 2002, we have also compiled and published 22,000 biographic and bibliographic records, and over 6,000 photographs, documents, translations, and maps, along with an extensive list of CGP books and research papers on the genocide.
The Southeast Asian Microform Project of the Center for Research Libraries has provided funding and other support in the Santebal archive microfilming project.