Overview of the Collection

Launched in 2013, the South Asia Archive is a specialist digital platform providing global electronic access to culturally and historically significant literary material produced from within, and about, the South Asian region. It is not merely a repository, but a vehicle for targeted research, and one which has been intelligently structured to ensure efficient content discovery.

  • Documents have been selected and catalogued by subject specialist editors, with expert commentaries provided to guide users through serial content.
  • Millions of pages of digitized primary and secondary material in a mix of English and vernacular languages dating back to the start of the 18th Century, up to the mid-20th Century.
  • Derived from original archive materials held by the South Asia Research Foundation (SARF).
  • Online access to previously unavailable resources in South Asian studies.
  • Versatile resource with benefits for researchers, lecturers and students across a diverse range of subject areas.


This new resource will make millions of pages of valuable primary source material available to people across the world.

The Archive is going to be useful to people working in any field of South Asian history.

The South Asia Archive will provide unique ways of bringing South Asian history and culture into the lecture and seminar space.

Dr John Zavos

Senior Lecturer in South Asian Studies, University of Manchester, UK,

Dr Sharmistha Gooptu


Dr John Zavos

Senior Lecturer in South Asian Studies, University of Manchester, UK,

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