East India Company

East India Company

East India Company is a collection of the digitized India Office Records held by the British Library in London. These are the archives of the London administration of the East India Company and the pre-1947 government of India. These records offer a British colonial perspective of the East India Company's global activities. Rutgers has access to five modules on this platform, which are organized by record class:

  • Module I: India Office Records, A - D: Trade, Governance and Empire
  • Module II: India Office Records, G: Factory Records for South Asia and South East Asia
  • Module III: India Office Records, G: Factory Records for China, Japan and the Middle East
  • Module IV: India Office Records, E: Correspondence: Early Voyages, Formation and Conflict
  • Module V: India Office Records, E: Correspondence: Domestic Life, Governance and Territorial Expansion
  • Module VI: India Office Records, F: The Board of Commissioners: Establishment of the Board 

Module I consists of communications between India and the London administration regarding trade, governance, and empire in India. Module II consists of Factory Reports, that is, papers sent to London from the East India Company's trading posts (known as factories) in primarily present-day India and Indonesia. Module III consists of Factory Reports from China, Japan, Iran, the Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, St Helena and South Africa. Module IV consists of correspondence between the East India Company, the Board of Commissioners for the Affairs of India, the Company’s various settlements, and European houses of agency. Module V consists of correspondence with the Bombay and Madras Presidencies and British government departments. It also includes petitions, memorials and letters from individuals and lobby groups covering a diverse range of subjects. Module VI consists of records of the Board of Commissioners, who exercised supervision over the East India Company’s policies and the government of India.

Materials in this collection reflect a colonialist perspective, and some may include views or terminology that are considered to be outdated, biased, or offensive. 

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