Collections

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The Burma Collections at Northern Illinois University have quadrupled since their inception in 1986, most recently with a bequest from the private collection of Jerry Paul Bennett. Among more than 10,000 items relating to Burma, extensive bibliographic holdings are conserved in the Southeast Asia and Special Collections of Founders Memorial Library and are available free of charge through interlibrary loan. An impressive map collection may be viewed in the Davis Hall Map Library. The Burma Art Collection, including numerous items from the Konrad and Sarah Bekker Collection, is located in the NIU Art Museum, where selections from the permanent collection are exhibited on a continuing basis. The Burma Collections include the following elements:

Art and Music Collections

The Burma Art Collections, including numerous items from the Konrad and Sarah Bekker Collection, recently on view at the Art of Burma, is located in the NIU Art Museum, where selections from the permanent collection are exhibited on a continuing basis. The Burma Music Collections are also available at the Center and at the Music Library at NIU.

Library Collections

Among more than 10,000 items relating to Burma, ancient manuscripts and extensive bibliographic holdings are conserved in the Southeast Asia and Special Collections of Founders Memorial Library and are available free of charge through interlibrary loan.

Map Collections

An impressive map collection may be viewed in the Davis Hall Map Library and Founders Memorial Library, NIU. View photos and a list of ancient maps that are at NIU.

The project of this web site is partly funded by E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.

Kaba Saung Nat

Kaba Saung Nat (Lokanat) 
Burma/Myanmar, Mandalay Period 
Late mid-19th Century 
Gift of Konrad and Sarah Bekker