“This digital archive will prove an invaluable resource to those studying South Asian (specifically Bengali) history, particularly because of its helpful and relatively consistent organizational scheme. Summing up: Highly recommended. Lower level undergraduates and above.”

Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Librarians

“History depends upon archives and the skills which historians develop in using them. India has long remained at the fringes of world history because of the difficulty which scholars have had in accessing its archival resources. In particular, students outside the country have been able to feed only on very thin scraps. The South Asia Archive makes available, at the touch of a button and anywhere in the world, a rich treasure trove of materials offering deep insight into India's past. It will give India a new and much more central role in our understandings of modern history.”

Dr David Washbrook, University of Cambridge

“As research and scholarship enter the digital age, the South Asia Archive provides one of the biggest breakthroughs ever for those in the field, especially at a time when there is so much rising concern about the future of the physical archives of the region”

Emeritus Professor Brian Stoddart, Former Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe University, Australia

“It demonstrates the richness and diversity of readily searchable South Asia materials.”

David Arnold reviews The South Aria Archive

Discover the South Asia Archive

In order to help users navigate the site as easily as possible we have put together a number of online tutorials. The aim of these videos is to take the different elements of the Archive and provide clear, succinct and concise instructions on how to make the most of the site.

Areas covered by these are:

  • Homepage navigation, including homepage layout, navigation and My Account feature
  • Explore content, including filtering of search results, and an introduction to the Advanced Search feature
  • Quick search function, including ways to customise the search terms to find the optimum results
  • Detailed instructions on using the advanced search, including how to; enter search terms; keywords in context; and refining the search
  • Using the Image Viewer, focussing on navigation and zoom features

View the videos here.

Featured Content

To help users on their journey through the Archive, the Editors have worked with Routledge to put together a selection of content from the wide range of research material found within it. The document features the below themes and can be found here:

  • Agriculture and Environment
  • Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Arts and Art History
  • Cinema and Media Studies
  • Civilizational Studies
  • Commerce and Industry
  • Development
  • Education
  • Gender
  • Government, Politics and Public Policy
  • History
  • Indology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Law
  • Literature and Fiction
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • Science, Technology and Medicine
  • Sport, Leisure and Tourism
  • Urban Studies

South Asia Archive User Guide and Librarian’s User Guide

Discover an insight into the functions of the South Asia Archive with the user guide, which seeks to be an introduction. Find out more about how to get started and find the content that is most relevant to you. This, partnered with the librarians user guide is designed to be used in conjunction with the help videos to provide a detailed and complete guide to the user experience of the Archive.


Have you got questions about the Archive that need answering? Then the best place to start is our FAQ section. This provides answers to the most common questions, both to with navigating the site itself and how to manage the My Account section once a purchase has been made. Read more here.

Press Coverage

Find out what the newspapers have been saying about the South Asia Archive here.

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