Skip to main content


Welcome to Southeast Asia Visions

SOUTHEAST ASIA VISIONS is a collection of European travel accounts of pre-modern Southeast Asia from Cornell University Library's John M. Echols Collection. The site provides online access to more than 350 books and journal articles written in English and French. The works in the collection were selected for the quality of their first-hand observations and, together, provide a comprehensive representation of Southeast Asia. Along with their narratives, these accounts include some 10,000 images, drawings, photographs, prints and maps, many of them in color. The objectives of this project are both to meet the curricular needs of courses taught at Cornell University and to make these texts and images accessible via the Internet to students and scholars worldwide. It presents scholars an excellent opportunity to look anew at pre-modern Southeast Asia.

Search the Collection

Locates works that contain information specified in the search -- such as certain words in the title or text or an author's name.

Browse the Collection

Presents hyper-linked bibliography of all titles organized by title, author, date, or image criteria.

About the Collection

Historical Context, Geographical Context (including map of Southeast Asia), Significance of These Accounts, and bibliographies.

Note: This site includes some historical materials that may imply negative representations or stereotypes of the peoples discussed in the documents. These documents have been included as part of the historical record and should not be interpreted to mean that project staff endorse or approve of the representations or stereotypes implied.