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Title Journal of the Bihar Research Society
Document Type Journal
Language English
Publisher Name Published by the Bihar and Orissa Research Society
Publisher Region Patna


The Journal of the Bihar and Orissa Research Society, subsequently Journal of the Bihar Research Society from 1944, was started in 1915 and focused on History, Archaeology, Anthropology and Philology to start with.

Soon after the formation of the province of Bihar and Orissa, a province of a fair size and population, the need for a Research Society was felt by the administrative personnel of the province. At the inaugural meeting of the society in 1915 it was emphasized that a research body was needed to provide a structured outlet for research in the province and to ensure that research was not conducted in a haphazard or arbitrary manner. Important research, it was mentioned, was lost in the absence of a proper research society, which was to cater to the needs of scholars, administrators and interested literati. The journal was initially priced at five rupees, a fairly high sum in 1915.

In the 40 years of the journal’s publication between 1915 and 1954, the journal changed editors fairly frequently in the 1940s. It also increased its price from five to 10 rupees. Besides the essays on history, archeology and anthropology and book reviews published in the journal, there were regular insertions mentioning the research body’s other publications. In 1941/42, when the society was battling financial hardship it had to temporarily shelve publication of the seven volumes of the ‘Descriptive Catalogue of Manuscripts in Mithila’, edited by the Secretary of the Society, Dr Banerji-Sastri. The first four volumes were published in 1941 on account of the munificence of the Maharaja of Darbhanga, but publication was shelved in the absence of a further grant from the Maharaja.

The Journal of the Bihar and Orissa Research Society (and that of the Bihar Research Society from 1944) was one of colonial India’s respected scholarly publications. Timely publication of the quarterly was a matter of great pride for the society’s members and was highlighted in the society’s meetings from time to time.

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