Founded in 1969 by Professor Fred W. Riggs of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the Committee on Research Materials on Southeast Asia (CORMOSEA) is a committee of the Southeast Asia Council (SEAC), formerly known as the Interuniversity Southeast Asia Committee (ISAC), and then the Southeast Asia Regional Council (SEARC) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). It was established to enhance the collection of Southeast Asia research materials and to assist in making them available to Southeast Asia scholars, faculty, and students nationwide. CORMOSEA has served as administrator, advisor, facilitator, spokesperson, or sponsor for numerous projects by various subcommittees that share and discuss library-oriented issues associated with acquiring, cataloging, preserving, and enriching Southeast Asia collections.
CORMOSEA has undertaken many significant projects over the past three decades pertaining to the enrichment of Southeast Asia scholarship and also the improvement of overall Southeast Asia librarianship in collection development, technical processes, production of research tools, and microfilming. Its members have engaged in collaborative efforts among participating libraries with Southeast Asia holdings nationally and internationally.
This website first came online in the summer of 2003 after some months of collaborative work
by Gregory Green (then at ASU Libraries and now at Cornell University Library) and Robin Paynter
(then at the University of Oregon). The site has been maintained and updated since then by Gregory
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