The South Asia Archive is a new, fully searchable digital archive encompassing millions of pages of valuable research and teaching materials, providing online access to documents ranging from the mid-18th to the mid-20th Century.

Aims and Scope

The South Asia Archive provides an extensive resource for students and scholars across the humanities and social sciences.

Focusing on South Asia, the Archive contains both serial and non-serial materials, including reports, rare books, and journal runs from noteworthy, rare publications. The documents in the Archive are truly interdisciplinary, reflecting the varied range of knowledge production in colonial and early post-colonial India in fields including:

  • culture & society
  • industry & economy
  • science, technology & medicine
  • urban planning & administration
  • politics & law

Comprising material sourced from collectors and archivists in India by the South Asia Research Foundation, this Archive brings together a wealth of important primary content. In addition to its value in individual research, the Archive offers instructors an outstanding opportunity to include a range of primary archival materials in their syllabi.


Read the reviews of South Asia Archive from CHOICE and Australia National University.
Subscribed through the National Digital Library for all the UGC colleges in India

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.

The South Asia Archive online is a fantastic resource for those researching original source material on the region. The website is easy to navigate and it is amazing to be able to search for obscure material just by using search terms. A particularly good feature is the ability to look at a preview of the document with the specific pages that match your search terms, this speeds up searching through materials greatly. Image quality of the sources is very clear and quick to load. A fantastic resource.

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

Helen Waddell

BBC Researcher

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