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Raffles Family Collection

From the Raffles Family Collection

The Raffles Family Collection is an archive comprising letters, papers and drawings relating to Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles (1781–1826), the most important early British colonial administrator in South East Asia and the founder of Singapore.


The Raffles Family Collection joins related holdings, making the whole the most important archive of Raffles material anywhere in the world. The purchase was made possible by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund, John Koh, Friends of the British
Library, Friends of the National Libraries, and public donations.