Norodom Sihanouk Archival Collection


In November 2004, Monash University Library was the honoured recipient of a large donation from His Majesty Norodom Sihanouk, former King of Cambodia. The donation, which represents a significant part of the King’s personal archive, was facilitated by Mr Julio Jeldres, Norodom Sihanouk’s personal ambassador and official biographer, and Emeritus Professor David Chandler, a research fellow at the Monash Asia Institute.

The collection donated by King Norodom Sihanouk comprises books and journals in French and English, including some written by the King; numerous documents, transcripts and correspondence relating to political activities; sound recordings and published music scores of compositions and songs by the King; films, film scripts, DVDs, videos and photographs all relating to the King’s film-making activities; videos about King Norodom Sihanouk and Cambodia; and a set of Bulletin Mensuel de Documentation du Secre´tariat prive´ de S.A.R. le Prince Norodom Sihanouk du Cambodge.

The display cases on the two floors below the exhibition room include a selection of this material. The Music & Multimedia display case (foyer, Ground Floor, ISB Building) contains videos, dvds, records and music scores, mostly by Norodom Sihanouk The Asian Studies Research Collection display case contains mainly books and documents by Norodom Sihanouk.

The illustration on this page*** comes from the album cover of a boxed set of four 10 inch phonograph records: Musique et Chansons de S.A.R. le Prince Norodom Sihanouk du Cambodge.

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