18th to mid-20th centuries
Subscription Type
Coherent Digital
  • South Asia
English, English, Bengali, Sanskrit, Hindi
Resource Types
E-Books and E-Texts
The South Asia Archive contains millions of pages of primary and secondary documents from across the Indian subcontinent from 1700 to 1953. Originally collected by the South Asian Research Foundation (SARF), with expanding content on the new Commons platform from Coherent Digital. The collection includes books, journals and documents from the region, covering India, Pakistan, Burma, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. The diversity of materials represents an effort to bring new and inclusive perspectives to learning and research across the humanities and social sciences. Documents are in a mix of English and vernacular languages, with fifteen percent of the archive’s content comprising material written primarily in Bengali and also including some content in Sanskrit. The historical documents within the Archive are interdisciplinary, reflecting the varied range of knowledge production in colonial and early post-colonial India and the wider sub-continent.