The Cambridge South Asian Archive is an unusual collection of materials, covering a period of over 200 years. It includes over 600 written collections, 900 maps, 100,000 photographs, and 80 collections of cinéfilms. Together they paint a rich and unique picture of the Raj and the early decades of post-colonial South Asia.

In the main, the collection consists of private papers, photographs and drawings, books, ciné film and tape recordings. Full details of the collection are given in Cambridge South Asian Archive. The films and oral history collections are  available online by clicking on the sections below. The photograph collection is in the process of being digitised and will be made available online in stages, as the work progresses.

The memoirs listed in the Papers section are retrospectives: since its foundation in 1964 the Centre has encouraged the writing of memoirs by men and women who lived and worked in India. This has been considered to be of particular importance in those cases where original papers have not survived.

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