NLB collaborates with foreign institutions to digitise rare items from Singapore's early history

Pages from the Hikayat Raja Iskandar Dhulkarnain (Volume 1), a manuscript dating back to 1816. The Malay epic is one of the rare items being digitised by the Singapore Digital Resource Project.
Pages from the Hikayat Raja Iskandar Dhulkarnain (Volume 1), a manuscript dating back to 1816. The Malay epic is one of the rare items being digitised by the Singapore Digital Resource Project.PHOTOS: COURTESY OF THE ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND

SINGAPORE - The last surviving copy of an early Malay language newspaper, one of the earliest Tamil works printed in Singapore, and a 17th century manuscript with the earliest map of the island are housed in institutions around the world.

Thanks to a new initiative, some of these items will soon be available for viewing online.

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