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Uncover the history of South Asia as you've never seen it before

Discover this fascinating collection of 4.5 million pages of material gathered from across the Indian sub-continent. These documents were originally collected by the South Asian Research Foundation (SARF) with the objective of preserving Indian cultural heritage and span from 1700-1953. Explore digitized versions of books, journals and reports covering key historical events, such as the Calcutta riots of 1946 and The Indian Independence Movement.

This Archive covers a wide range of subject areas, including Art History, Anthropology, History, Education and Literature, and will give students and researchers access to an invaluable learning resource.

"This archival information which was lost to the people of India will come alive because of this project."
Kapil Sibal, Indian Minister of Communication and IT





  • Journals and Serial Publications which include 'Calcutta Law Journal', 'Indian Annual Register', and 'The Eastern Economist'
  • Over 1500 rare books including the series' 'The Bibliotheca Indica' and 'Upanishads'
  • Thousands of reports and proceedings from colonial and post colonial India including the Indian Census documents and those covering the Calcutta Riots of 1946
  • A collection of acts and legislations of the colonial period from across a range of Indian Government Departments


  • The Act of Indian Independence and the wider partition of the country
  • Crime, Riot, and Resistance
  • Print & Production of culture: Access to early examples of prestigious Bengali journals¬† and contemporary novels
  • Religion: digitized versions of Hindu and Islamic journals.
  • Colonial Knowledge and Governance: financial and industrial performance reports from the ministry of Industry and Supply.
  • The Education & Status of Women in India




  • Online training demonstrations for librarians and end users
  • MARC 21 records
  • Counter-compliant database reports available on request
  • Tools available to allow monitoring of site usage
  • Internal marketing materials and support, including posters, promotional cards and email templates
  • Compatible with third-party e-learning environments such as Blackboard and Moodle
  • Portal can be adjusted to show your institutions branding
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