Rataya Phanomwan Na Ayuttaya

Rataya Phanomwan Na Ayuttaya
Library and information science
Rare books, Cremation volumes, Microforms

Rataya Phanomwan Na Ayuttaya

The Data Structure of Cremation Books in the Thammasat University Library

I work as a librarian at Thammasat University Library, Thailand. During my fellowship at CSEAS, I intend to conduct a research paper on cremation volumes in Thailand.

Cremation books are Thailand's unique cultural artifacts, published as memorials given to guests at funerals. They are sources of information in the study of history, biography, literature, religion, sociology, folklore, and cognitive science that readers will acquire knowledge in many fields. Each booklet has its own distinctive characteristics, and all are rare books because they will be published on one occasion only. In Thailand, Thammasat University Library recognizes the importance of cremation volumes. Therefore, the library has initiated to collect and preserve these valuable resources. The Pridi Banomyong Library has collected more than 7,400 funeral and memorial books in rare book collection and has operated under a closed-stack system.

I am interested in studying the cremation books of Thammasat University Library by analyzing biographies of the dead, illustration, and contents so that this study can provide useful information for librarians as well as scholars. Moreover, it can encourage the public to recognize the importance of these books as historical records, worthy of being preserved.