This database is useful for researchers studying the History of South Asia, and more specifically, History of India. It provides full text and images of manuscript collections from the National Library of Scotland with documents ranging from 1615 to1947. The collections include manuscripts, diaries, journals, letters, paintings, sketches, biographies, etc. The documents are organized by numerous searchable topics, and can be searched by a reference number, theme or date. The database includes a helpful and detailed index. Through its ‘Further Resources’ section, it provides external references to websites for more information about a particular document, image or map. It provides a convenient way to create slideshows with the images and maps which may be used for teaching or presentation purposes by simply selecting the checkboxes on the images list and then clicking ‘Run Slideshow’. The documents, images and maps may be downloaded as pdf files as well. The main topic areas covered include: The East India Company: Government and Administration c.1750-1857; Agriculture and Trade c.1750-1857; Society, Travel and Leisure c.1750-1857; The Mysore and Maratha Wars Indian Uprising 1857-58; The Raj: British Government and Administration of India after 1858; Agriculture and Trade after 1858; Society, Travel and Leisure after 1858; India: Literature, History and Culture. For more description and information about the database please see the sections on Introduction, Nature and Scope and Essay.
Detailed search and interface help is available from the main page of the database under ‘Help’.
User tools and features
Create a Slideshow, Access Maps, Export to RefWorks/EndNote.
Some future plans to add more documents from the archives to the database are mentioned by the publisher.
National Library of Scotland Manuscripts collection.
Type of coverage
Full text, Full images, downloadable PDFs.
Print counterpart or
Vendor/electronic presentation provider