South Asia Studies

Our South Asia collection is defined geographically and culturally, covering the countries of the region and the South Asia diaspora, which includes the territories of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. 

The collection is strong in English-language materials, but also in Hindi and Hindi dialects, Urdu, Persian, Tamil, Bengali, Marathi, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Punjabi, and Rajasthani, with additional resources in approximately 20 other languages.

Holdings are strong in the humanities and social sciences, with secondary collections in law, medicine, public health, architecture, natural sciences, and mathematics. Notable items include complete runs of several newspapers extending more than 100 years, complete Census of India reports dating back to the 19th century, imperial and district gazetteers, archaeological surveys, and epigraphical reports. 

Materials are held in libraries across campus, including a historically significant collection of maps in the Clark Library, feature films in the Askwith Media Library, and other significant holdings located in the Law, Fine Arts, and Music Libraries.

Important related collections 

A related collection is the Cresswell Archive of Islamic Art, with mostly-architectural images from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet.

For recent newspapers of South Asia, the database PressReader is an excellent resource. The Times of India is available online and is fully searchable for the entire run of its publication. The statistical database Indiastat makes electronic information and data concerning South Asia accessible to faculty and students.


Jeffrey Martin

Librarian for South Asian Studies and Anthropology


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