What’s New

  • View list of recent acquisitionsJanuary to mid-March 2018
  • View changing landscapes and escalating water crises in the Indian Himalayas in the Pani, Pahar photographic exhibition. See CSAS and RCS archive photographs alongside contemporary work by photojournalist Toby Smith.
  • Unlocking our archives: Suzan Griffiths writes about the fascinating books she has discovered in our archives:  see SAALG Blog posts for 1 March 2018 (mountain surveys and exploring; Ian Stephens), 7 February 2018 (Nagas, Census, John Henry Hutton), 8 May 2017 (domestic life and natural history), 21 April 2017 (Lloyd and Chatterjee), and 19 April 2017 (foundation of the Centre)
  • Granth Sanjeevani – the Asiatic Society of Mumbai has digitised rare books, manuscripts, newspapers and journals, government publications and maps. Over 53700 items are now online, including  Bombay Chronicle, Bombay Gazette, Bombay Courier, and Hindoo Patriot. Government publications digitised include administrative reports of the Bombay Presidency, Madras Presidency and Census of India reports. Material is being digitised and added regularly to Granth Sanjeevani’ – so watch this space!
  • Gandhi Heritage portal – a searchable site containing Mahatma Gandi’s collected works – a Government of India portal. In addition to Gandhi’s writings, the site includes photographs, films and audio, and tributes to him.
  • Nehru portal. The portal is hosted by the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library. It is non-searchable but documents may be downloaded. The portal includes his writings (Selected works of Jawaharlal Nehru), his publications, archival papers, (including some papers of Nehru’s contemporaries), oral history, cartoons, photographs, films and tributes.
  • Postcolonial literature timeline – a really useful tool providing contextual knowledge of literary works and a visualisation of the historical, social, political, and literary events that shape and surround the key texts mentioned.
  • Digital images of photographs, art-work and manuscripts from South and Southeast Asia on Cambridge Digital Library –   Enter your search term or browse the collections by entering Asia into the search box. The Royal Commonwealth Society collections include the most Asian images – approximately 2000 currently. New collections are added monthly.
  • Hiteshranjan Sanyal Memorial Archive: periodicals and newspapers from Bengal – a huge collection of textual and visual materials mainly focused on colonial Bengal, including rare Bengali books, Assamese journals and books, as well as visual art and popular culture (such as specimens of historical Bengali advertising).
  • Voices of civilian internment: World War II Singapore. Cambridge University Library has digitised archives relating to World War II and civilian internment in Singapore from its Royal Commonwealth Society collections, and made them freely available on Cambridge Digital Library. More information here.
  • Kolkata Soundscapes is an archival project at Jadavpur University, Kolkata which maps the character of the city through its sounds. Includes videos, photographs and list of Bangla words with phonetical representations and meanings.
  • The Digital Churchill Archive includes material of interest to those studying South Asia. Read Warren Dockter’s introduction to ‘Winston Churchill and the Islamic World’ here. The archive is accessible to University of Cambridge users via the following link or via the Cambridge LibGuides Databases A-Z.  Access is also available via Shibboleth login on the http://www.churchillarchive.com/ site if you prefer to go to the site directly when off campus.
  • Indian papers of Colonel Clive and Brigadier-General Carnac, 1752-1774 This online collection includes Clive’s personal papers, papers relating to the civil and military administration of Bengal, financial papers relating to India, papers of the Calcutta Council and its committees, papers of the Calcutta Mayor’s Court, and East India Company records held in the National Library of Wales.
  • Srujanika – an excellent online resource archiving books on Odisha (formerly Orissa), maintained by the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India. Subjects covered include anthropology, history, politics, and religion, among others. Includes many rare books written in the Odiya language.
  • Migration to New Worlds – an online collection of materials on the ‘Century of Immigration’, 1800-1924, accessible to University of Cambridge students and staff . Materials include diaries, personal letters, oral histories, shipping logs, maps, printed literature and organisational records relating to British, European and Asian migration. The archive records the journeys and challenges immigrants faced when settling in foreign countries.
  • OneSearch enables you to search across the collections of Singapore libraries, archives, museums and galleries in a single search. It will link to catalogue records for books and archival materials, and to digitised newspapers, and audio-visuals where available.
  • Qatar Digital Library – a growing online resource for historians of South Asia and the Gulf region. See our featured collection for more information.
  • The Commonwealth iLibrary (OECD) – access to online books and working papers published by The Commonwealth. Available off campus with Raven password.
  • Chicago Manual of Style Online. Access for University of Cambridge via subscription. The Quick Guide is particularly helpful for first-time users.
  • Historic South Asian newspapers on microfilm. We have recently acquired copies of the English-language newspaper, Dawn on microfilm for 1960, 1962, 1964 and 1965, filling gaps in our previous holding. Our holding is now 1941-1947 and 1959-1986. The newspaper, founded by Jinnah as a mouth-piece for the Muslim League, has become Pakistan’s most widely read English-language newspaper, and provides a great resource for historians.
  • Bichitra: Online Tagore Variorum an amazing new digital resource containing nearly all of Tagore’s writings in Bengali and English. The website can be navigated in English, Bengali and Hindi, and the search engine allows you to locate any word or phrase used in his works.
  • ARTstor Digital Library is a database providing access to architectural images from South and Southeast Asia, particularly religious architecture – shrines, temples, monasteries. Access for members of Cambridge University is available on and off campus (using Raven) via the University Library’s eresources@cambridge A-Z list: Click here Select Databases and enter ARTstor. You can browse by country or select advanced search and narrow your search by geographical region and format, e.g. films, drawings and watercolours, photographs or manuscripts.
  • Times of India (1838-2005). Members of the University of Cambridge have access to this Indian newspaper database on and off campus (using Raven). It incorporates the Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce (1839-1859) and Bombay Times and Standard (1860-1861), as well as the Times of India (1861-current). Click here.
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies , re-launched in September 2011 to simplify searching and facet-based browsing. You can now combine searches by Author, Subject, Country/Region, Journal, Publication date, Type of publication and Language. Diacritics are also now visible and can be copied, pasted and printed. On EBSCOHost platform from 2016.
  • Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire a website holding detailed information on over 6000 films showing images of life in the British colonies. Over 150 of the films are available for viewing online.
  • The Centre’s own collection of cinefilms was previously our Featured collection.
  • Follow the SAALG Blog for news and events relating to South and Southeast Asian archives.
  • View pictures of our library and archives on Flickr