Publication Types

Documents included in the South Asia Archive can be divided into 5 main categories covering all available publication types:


Substantial runs of more than 200 journals in a range of subjects published from India and South Asia, including early journals such as Asiatic Researches (first published in 1788), Indian Review, Modern Review and Calcutta Gazette. There is also an array of vernacular journals such as: Bharatbarsha, Prabasi, Manasi, and Sachitra.


A diverse collection of reports from colonial and post-colonial India, including volumes of the 1901, 1911, 1931, 1951 and 1961 Indian Census documents, and the near complete set of the Calcutta Riots of 1946. Gazetteers from a range of Indian states such as Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharastra are also available.


An extensive range of books, consisting of series such as The Bibliotheca Indica, a collection of oriental works published by the Asiatic Society of Bengal. It includes translations of the Upanishads, commentaries on Sanskrit grammatical, philosophical and legal treatises, and such works as the Suddhikaumudi, a Sanskrit treatise on Hindu laws of defilement and purification.

Legislations, Acts, Regulations, Law books/Cases

A myriad collection of Legislations/Acts/Regulations/Case Documents from the colonial period, invaluable for any work on colonial Indian history.

Indian Film Booklets, 1930 – 1949

A collection of rare publicity booklets in a mix of English, Hindi, Urdu and Bengali, as sold outside Indian film theatres. Highlights from the collection include: Mukti, Street Singer, My Sister, Devdas and Sita. Each booklet includes lists of the film's cast and leading technical personnel, a plot summary, photographs of the lead actors or of key moments in the film, and song lyrics.

  • Calendars
  • Catalogues
  • Censuses
  • Directories
  • Gazetteers
  • Magazines
  • Manuals
  • Maps
  • Proceedings
  • Statistics

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

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

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

Dr John Zavos

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

Dr John Zavos

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

Dr Sharmistha Gooptu


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