The following links are meant to assist students and people interested in the History of South Asia with online resources.
Publishing for Impact
Tips to navigate publication in scholarly journals for early career scholars.
- www.ideasofindia.org is a free database of 315 000 entries from 255 English language periodicals from 1837-1947.
- Some papers in the NMML have been digitised: http://www.nehrumemorial.nic.in/en/digital-archives.html
- Central Secretariat Library
- National Archives of India has some digital files and handlists for private papers online.
- The Centre for Studies in Social Sciences in Kolkata has a great website with lots of resources: http://www.cssscal.org/archive.php
- The Cambridge University Centre South Asian Studies Archive http://www.s-asian.cam.ac.uk/archive/
- The variously-named ‘Indian Owned Newspapers’, ‘Reports from the Vernacular press’) are held in the British Library’s Asian & African Studies section, Shelfmark IOR/L/R/5. Some of these are available at South Asia Open Archive: https://www.jstor.org/site/south-asia-open-archives/saoa/?refreqid=excelsior%3A0671a76c3e554c0354b8eefd7510b0a7
- Some libraries subscribe to ‘South Asian Newspapers’ from the World Newspaper Archive (from the Center for Research Libraries (CRL)). These allow text searches which are particularly useful.
- The Priya Paul Archive has been digitised and is available in the Digital Repository of Heidelberg University https://heidicon.ub.uni-heidelberg.de
- Wilson Centre Digital Archive
- Indiankanoon.org for Caselaw and legislation from the 1870s
- Abhilekh-Pathal : Portal for access to archives and learning.
- Cambridge Digital Library
- Commonwealth Secretariat Library and Archive
- Film History https://indiancine.ma
- Colonial Film Archive http://www.colonialfilm.org.uk/home
- Pathé Film https://www.britishpathe.com
- Digital Colonial Documents https://arrow.latrobe.edu.au/store/3/4/5/5/2/public/census.htm
- Digital South Asia Library http://dsal.uchicago.edu
- South Asian American Digital Archive https://www.saada.org
- Indian British Connections: the Making Britain Project http://www.open.ac.uk/arts/research/asianbritain/making-britain
- Films Division India on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/FilmsDivision
- Lahore University of Management Sciences Digital Library https://archive.lums.edu.pk
- National Digital Library of India https://ndl.iitkgp.ac.in
- University of Tubingen Hermann Gundert Portal (Indian Language Printed Material and Manuscript Collections) https://www.gundert-portal.de
- Kerala Sahitya Akademi Portal (Malayalam Language) http://keralasahityaakademi.org/online_library/index.html
- University of Wisconsin Bhopal Disaster Archive https://repository.law.wisc.edu/s/uwlaw/page/bhopal-collection
- Gokhale Library (Maharashtra, India) Printed Reports https://dspace.gipe.ac.in/xmlui/
- The Asiatic Society of Mumbai Digital Collections https://granthsanjeevani.com/jspui/
- Shiju Alex Kerala History Archive (mainly consisting of printed texts in Malayalam but also including several English language Missionary papers) https://shijualex.in
- West Bengal Public Library Network http://dspace.wbpublibnet.gov.in:8080/jspui/
- Harvard University Stuart Cary Welch Islamic and South Asian Photograph Collection https://library.harvard.edu/collections/stuart-cary-welch-islamic-and-south-asian-photograph-collection
- Indian Indenture Project https://indianindenture.wordpress.com
- Digitized Visual Materials for South Asian Studies - Emory University Libraries: https://guides.libraries.emory.edu/c.php?g=1025687&p=7430557
- Emory University Libraries https://guides.libraries.emory.edu/?group_id=20355
- Collection of Japanese propaganda prints aimed at India at the National Army Museum (London) https://collection.nam.ac.uk
- Asiatic Society of Mumbai https://collection.nam.ac.uk
- Media and Democracy in India https://www.longemergency.demx.in
- Digital Law Reports - South Asian Legal History Resources https://salh.law.wisc.edu/2020/07/21/digital-law-reports-research-you-can-do-during-the-pandemic/
- Archives of Economic Life in South and Southeast Asia https://www.histecon.magd.cam.ac.uk/archives-asia/guide.html
- Raul Pacheco-Vega, Phd - Resources http://www.raulpacheco.org/resources/
- Indian Memory Project https://www.indianmemoryproject.com
- Nepal Picture Library https://www.nepalpicturelibrary.org
- Museum of Material Memory http://www.museumofmaterialmemory.com
- Frances Pritchett - Resources http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/pritchett/00fwp/#fwp
- Photo Kathmandu https://photoktm.com/
- Photo Circle https://www.photocircle.com.np/#
- Pakistan Quaterly
- Iniquilab: partly digitised Urdu newspaper
- The 1947 Partition Archive: Survivors and their Memories
- An additional list of Open Access Sources can be found under the South Asia Heading at the Institute of Historical Research (School of Advanced Study University of London): COVID Open Access materials
South Asian Newspapers
The University of Heidelberg has a collection of digital newspapers:
- Hicky's Bengal gazette, or The original Calcutta general advertiser
- Himalayan Times
- The Oriental annual: containing a series of tales, legends and historical romances.
- The Oriental annual or scenes in India: comprising engravings from original drawings by William Daniell and a descriptive account.
- Zeitschriften aus Bengalen
- Zeitschriften aus Assam
- The Tufts University's Bengali Intellectual Oral History Project Bengali Intellectual Oral History Project (which is still being added to).
- Making History: British historians reflect on historiography http://www.history.ac.uk/makinghistory/resources/interviews/ and https://winterconference.blogs.sas.ac.uk/2013/02/19/video-interviews-with-historians/
- Handlist for the IIAS’s South Asian Oral history collection in Leiden https://socialhistory.org/sites/default/files/docs/south_asia_oral_history.pdf
- The NMML has an excellent collection of transcripts, which can only be consulted on-site: http://www.nehrumemorial.nic.in/images/pdf/List-of-Finalise-Transcript.pdf
- Gandhian oral histories at: http://gandhiserve.org/activities/research/oral_history.html
- British Voices from South Asia: https://www.lib.lsu.edu/oralhistory/collections/britishvoices
- Partition accounts by survivors at http://www.1947partitionarchive.org
- Oral histories of the Narmada https://oralhistorynarmada.in
- The Roberts Oral History Tapes (1965-69): https://digital.library.adelaide.edu.au/dspace/handle/2440/83263
Primary Source Databases via the Heidelberg University Library
South Asia databases collection,
which has numerous free but some licensed databases, such as:
There are also licenced databases via CrossAsia, at https://crossasia.org/ressourcen/datenbanken/.
These are accessible after registration with CrossAsia. So students have to register first with CrossAsia and then they can access ALL licensed resources available on CrossAsia. For South Asian history these are:
- Indian Communists and Trade Unionist on Trial
- Taking India, how the military established Company rule, 1752-1774
- Indian and Sri Lankan records from colonial missionaries, 1770-1931
- India, business and control, 1806-1814
- India, uprising and reform, 1879-1910
Some other useful resources available are:
- Clio Guide - Südasien https://guides.clio-online.de/guides/regionen/suedasien/2018
- Das Moderne Indien in deutschen Archiven, 1706-1989 (MIDA) https://www.projekt-mida.de/marchiv/#!/suche
- Maps of Asia from the British Library.
- Literatur zu Südasien - Digital Access to digitised literature from Heidelberg University's holdings (travel accounts, works on architecture, etc.)
- Amrita Bazar Patrika is part of our Bengal magazines collection and also available through the Heidelberg digitized collection. See also the collection at the Endangered Archives Program of the British Library
- Programming Historian: peer-reviewed tutorials for digital tools
- Indian Citizenship Amendment Act Protest Movements Web Archive a web archiving a web archiving initiative by Ivy League Plus Libraries Confederation (they are currently working on a COVID -19 archive but not online yet).
- Survey of India: maps from the National Library of Scotland
- Medical History of British India: documents from the India Papers collection of the NLS
- Digital books, 1800-1950: https://www.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/Englisch/fachinfo/suedasien/buecher/english.html
- South Asia Reading Group (SARG)
- Komagata Maru: Continuing the Journey
- An Online Source Primer for the Study of Cold War India | Wilson Center
Guides to Working in Archives in South Asia
- Check out the Archives Made Easy page and also Dinyar Patel's blog.
- See also Dinyar Patel’s four-part series on Indian archives in 2012: https://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/20/in-india-history-literally-rots-away/
- Resources put together by James Nye, South Asia librarian at U. Chicago: http://guides.lib.uchicago.edu/southernasia
- Archives in Pakistan: http://dissertationreviews.org/archives/12520
- Dissertation Reviews has a section on archives (all around Asia, but includes South Asia) http://dissertationreviews.org/fresh-from-the-archives
Conferences in South Asian Studies
- In North America: Annual South Asia Conference, in Madison, Wisconsin and the Society for Advancing the History of South Asia (affiliated to the AAS)
- In Britain: BASAS
- In Europe ECSAS