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Ancient Myanmar Manuscript Collection in Yadanabon University
- In Myanmar, there are invaluable historical and literary materials in traditional texts to trace the past and use them to understand the present preserving the written records. So Myanmar has a long tradition of preserving palm-leaf and parabike manuscripts as the predominant writing media. The tradition of preserving manuscripts in libraries, both in the Royal Palace and Court and in the monasteries continued through the ages. So, preserving these traditional manuscripts is the task of librarians and archivist for posterity. This paper mainly aims to identify which valuable historical records are available at the Yadanabon University and to initiate digitization project of these old records by the international collaboration. It presents a brief overview of Yadanabon University and its library. It emphasizes on the ancient Myanmar manuscript collections acquired by the Yadanabon University. In addition, it covers the challenges faced by the Yadanabon University to establish digital preservation of these manuscript collections. It will be useful for establishing international co-operation and support to implement digitization project.
Dr. Sanda Oo
- University of Yangon, Myanmar