Area Studies: India

Area Studies: India

Area Studies: India is a collection of digitized primary sources documenting, primarily from a British colonial perspective, the political, social, and cultural history of India from 1712 to 1942. Though many of the materials in the collection were produced by the British government and by British people working and living in India, the collection also includes some materials by Indian people. Highlights include:

  • Diaries and related records describing life in India, dating from 1712 to 1925
  • Printed works of colonial literature (including fiction, poetry, drama, and general non-fiction) from India from 1712 - 1933, including works by Indian writers and works by women
  • Rare volumes, mainly printed in India, describing the experiences of Indians who traveled to Britain, France and America between 1810 and 1915
  • Journals of Michael Pakenham Edgeworth, a member of the Indian Civil Service, dating from 1828 - 1867
  • Official and personal papers of Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India, 1898-1905
  • Printed weekly abstracts compiled by the India Office c. 1868-1942 summarizing English- and Indian-language newspapers from British India

Documents may include views or terminology now considered outdated, biased, or offensive. 

Dates covered

1712 - 1942.

Resource types