Films Division http://filmsdivision.org/
All India Radio http://allindiaradio.gov.in
Open Government of India Data https://data.gov.in/
People’s Archive of Rural India https://ruralindiaonline.org/
Indian Memory Project http://www.indianmemoryproject.com/
Rare Books Society of India http://www.rarebooksocietyofindia.org/
Oral Histories of the Partition http://www.1947partitionarchive.org /
Asiatic Society, Sahapedia, India--Google Culture India
The Alkazi Collection, 1860-1910http://www.acparchives.com/pageone.html
Ideas of India, https://www.ideasofindia.org/
CATALOGUES FOR ARCHIVES
Library Collections in India
POPULAR IMAGERY http://www.tasveergharindia.net/frmessaylisting.aspx
PHOTOGRAPHY The Alkzi Collection, 1860-1910 http://www.acparchives.com/pageone.html
The South Asian Pamphlets Collection spans the years 1920-2005, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1950s to the 1990s, and with only a few items from the 1920s-1940s. It is arranged in the following categories by country of publication: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The largest group houses publications from India (177 boxes), followed by Pakistan (58 boxes).
American Institute for Indian Studies: AIIS ARCE http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/?query=ARCE
South Asian Literary Recording Project http://www.loc.gov/acq/ovop/delhi/salrp/
British Colonialism: http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special/exhibits/e-exhibits/india/intro.htm
Portugese Colonialism: http://publicarchives.wordpress.com/full-text-collections/portuguese-texts/
Jain: http://www.jaina.org/?page=jainbooks http://www.jainlibrary.org/manuscript2.php
Hindu Sanskrit: http://www.jambudvipa.net/sanskrit.htm#E-texts
Indo Islamic: http://razalibrary.gov.in/Razalibnew/manuscripts.html
Bengali sources http://www.savifa.uni-hd.de/thematicportals/periodicals/overview.html
Nepali Sources http://archiv.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/savifadok/1397/
Asha Archives consists of a digitized collection of 7.025 manuscripts and more than 1.100 palmleaf landgrant documents on 54 DVD Roms. The collection covers a vast variety of subjects starting from literary works, dictionaries, medical and astrological texts to religious manuals and ritual texts.The manuscripts belong to various sects and genres and are mainly written in Sanskrit (ca. 70%) or Newari (ca. 20%). There are Puranic and Tantric texts of Shaiva and Shakta traditions as well as a large number of manuscripts from Mahayana and Vajrayana origin.Perhaps the most unique component of this Archive builds the collection of literary texts, hymns, songs (charya) and plays (pyakhan) in Nepal bhasa or Newari language.
GOVERNMENT NATIONAL ARCHIVES
Government of Pakistan http://www.nap.gov.pk/
Government of Sri Lanka http://www.archives.gov.lk/web/index.php?lang=en
Government of Bhutan http://www.library.gov.bt/misc/national-libraries.html
Government of Nepal http://www.nanl.gov.bd/
Government of India http://nationalarchives.nic.in/WebContent.aspx?id=15&type=homemore
Government of Maldives http://www.nationallibraryofmaldives.com/
Government of Bangladesh http://www.nanl.gov.bd/
Govenment of Afghanistan
Researching Indian/South Asian history comes with an inherent disadvantage. Compared to Americanists or the Chinese, access to primary or secondary source material is not always easy for South Asianists. In the absence of adequate archiving processes across the board, the pitfalls of tropical weather and the costs associated with preservation, a significant amount of Indian historical material is already lost. A fully searchable digital resource is a further rarity, making research on Indian/South Asian history challenging and time consuming.
The South Asia archive, recently launched in New Delhi, is a project which has been in the offing for several years now, has seen many ups and downs and is aimed at making a contribution to archival research in the field of South Asian studies. Comprising 5 million pages of heritage archival material, the South Asia Archive has been created by the South Asia Research Foundation (SARF) in partnership with Routledge. It includes journals, reports, rare books, catalogues, calendars, gazettes, gazetteers, conference proceedings, maps, film ephemera and other rare materials from 1790 to 1955 and approximating the greater period of colonial rule in South Asia and early post-colonial India. The materials are not restricted to India, but include areas like Sind and Baluchistan, now in Pakistan, East Bengal, now Bangladesh, and Ceylon and are in a mix of English and vernacular languages, such as Bengali.
The collection has substantial runs of more than 200 journals and includes some of the earliest journals published in India like the Asiatic Researches first published in the late 18th century. Other rare publications include the Calcutta Review, which was founded in 1844 by John William Kaye, the pioneering historian of the 1857 uprising, The Islamic Review, founded in 1913 by Al-Hajj Khwaja Kamaluddin as a monthly journal and published under the aegis of The Working Muslim Mission and Literary Trust and The Shah Jehan Mosque, in Surrey, England. Another unique feature of the collection is the publicity materials on Indian cinema from the 1930s and 1940s, primarily booklets that were sold outside movie theatres as promotional material during a film’s release. There are more than 500 of these in the collection, including classics such as the original Devdas, Chandidas and Mukti.
This digitised archive has been created to record the political ephemera produced by the Asian Youth Movements. The majority of the material does not belong to any archive but exists in precarious conditions in community centres and homes. In digitising this material we aim to preserve it for future generations to learn about the experiences and actions of young South Asians growing up in the towns and cities of Britain in the 1970s and 1980s.
SAADA (South Asian American Digital Archive) is an independent national non-profit organization working to create a more inclusive society by giving voice to South Asian Americans through documenting, preserving, and sharing stories that represent their unique and diverse experiences.
EVENTS ACROSS SOUTH ASIA