Friday, 15 December 2017

Duplicate copies of Census reports

Dear all,

Jan Usher at the National Library of Scotland has duplicates that she would like to offer and have rehoused - list is below.

If you are at all interested then please email Jan on: J.Usher@nls.uk

Thank you.


Duplicate Census volumes

Travancore 1975 Census report

Mysore General Census report 1871

Mysore General Census report 1871 supplement

Native Cochin 1875

Ceylon 1901 Vols II and IV

Ceylon 1911 Occupation statistics

Ceylon 1911 Town & village stats. (2 vols.)

Ceylon 1911 Tables (2 vols.)

Ceylon 1911 Estate population

Ceylon 1921 report Vol. I (2 vols.)

Ceylon 1963 – Population (4 vols.)

Ceylon – the review of the results of the Census of 1911 (3 vols.)

Census of India 1971, part 1, chapters I and II (with additional title: Indian census through a hundred years by D. Natarajan] (Census centenary monograph no 2).

Census of India 1971 – Economic and socio-cultural dimensions of regionalisation – An Indo-USSR collaborative study (Census centenary monograph no 7).

Census of India 1971 – extracts from the All India census reports on literacy (Census centenary monograph no 9).

Census of India 1971 - Age and marital status (Census centenary monograph no 8).

Census of India 1971 – India Census in perspective (Census centenary monograph no 1) (2 vols.)

Census of India 1971 – India Census in perspective – (Census centenary monograph no 1) - 3rd edition

Census of India 1971 Civil registration system in India - a perspective (Census centenary monograph no 4).

Census of India 1971 – Bibliography of census publications in India (Census centenary monograph no 5)

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Update from South Asia Open Archives (SAOA)

Dear Colleagues,

We’re excited to share updates about the South Asia Open Archives (SAOA) (formerly SAMP Open Archives Initiative). This collective of nearly 25 libraries from the US and across the Subcontinent is dedicated to creating a freely accessible, curated collection of historical research materials on South Asia. We hope this brief update provides details into some of SAOA’s activities as we’ve taken significant steps toward building our foundation, with a goal of launching a digital archive in 2018.

SAOA is developing carefully curated thematic research collections in various South Asian languages (including English) by digitizing key print and microfilm holdings supplied by our cooperative network of Member Institutions. This content will include:

  • Colonial-era administrative and trade reports
  • Women’s periodicals
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Census materials and gazetteers
  • Important literary and other monographic sources

For example, SAOA has already begun digitizing a selection of early twentieth-century monographs listed in the National Bibliography of Indian Literature, including the Bengali titles Mandirera Kathā and Gāna: Sarala Svaralipisambalita.

SAOA has also recently collaborated with Roja Muthiah Research Library (RMRL) in Chennai, India to digitize Tamil Women’s Journals from the early 1900s such as Mātar Manōrañcini and Pen Kalvi.

We highly encourage the research community to suggest additional titles to be considered, through SAOA's online suggestion form.

Beyond creating free and open access to the range of content outlined above, we are also working to launch a modern, sophisticated, full-featured platform for discovery, hosting, and presentation of SAOA’s content that meets the needs of researchers, scholars, students, and the general public for material on South Asia. In the meantime, please have a look at a brief article on SAOA posted by Center for Research Libraries as well as a presentation from CRL’s Global Resources Collections Research Forum.

Hopefully this update inspires you to help us expand the SAOA network by referring your colleagues to our How to Become a Member of SAOA webpage. We will share more progress with you over the coming months. Please feel free to contact me or members of our Executive Board if you would like to discuss any aspects of SAOA.

Neel Agrawal
South Asia Digital Librarian, South Asia Open Archives (SAOA), Center for Research Libraries(CRL)

Friday, 15 September 2017

Symposium: Rethinking the Dutch East India Company?

Invitation
Dear all,
The National Archives of the Netherlands finished the digitisation of its VOC collection earlier this year. To mark this special occasion, the National Archives and the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University are pleased to invite you to our symposium on the VOC archives on 23-24 November 2017 titled Rethinking the Dutch East India Company? Old genres new trends in research and analysis. Asides from this, an exhibition on the VOC is hosted by the National Archives this year, which is attracting much attention.
Content and subjects
The symposium will address a diverse number of subjects related to the VOC archives, with the following question as the central theme:
To what extent has research in the VOC archives changed compared to a few decades ago and where will it go – or does it need to go – in the future?
Special attention will be given to the possibilities digitisation offers to non-western researchers and the study of Asian/African history and to the study of the negative sides of colonialism as well as to questions concerning the decolonisation of archive management and research. The preliminary programme is attached to this message.
Registration and enquiries.
The symposium will be held at the National Archives in The Hague and admission is free. The language of the symposium is English. Participants can choose to attend one or two days of the symposium. Registration can be done by filling out the form at www.gahetna.nl/rethinkingvoc. More information and updates can also be found on this page. We advise you to register in time since availability of places is limited and we are expecting these to fill up fast.
We would greatly appreciate it if you would share this message in your professional network. Questions on the symposium can be sent to the project secretary at thomas.dresscher@nationaalarchief.nl. We hope to welcome you in November.
In behalf of the National Archives and Leiden University,
 
 
Kind regards,
 
Thomas Dresscher
Project Secretary VOC symposium
Nationaal Archief/National Archives of the Netherlands

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Naval Kishore Press - digital


The Naval Kishore Press was founded in Lakhnau in 1858 by Munshi Naval Kishore (1836-1895) and grew in the following decades to one of India's most important publishing houses.
The Library of the South Asia Institute at Heidelberg University holds with its ca. 2,000 titles - 742 on microfilm -  issued by the Naval Kishore Press a representative cross section of the Press' publications.

Naval Kishore Press - Thematic portal on CrossAsia
On our thematic portal Naval Kishore Press you now have access not only to the Naval Kishore Press Bibliography, but also to digitised Sanskrit and Hindi works from the collection.

Among the 44 digitised works 22 titles have already been OCRed and converted to searchable and editable digital texts in Devanāgarī script and Latin transliteration. They can be accessed on Naval Kishore Press – digital.
The presentation platform offers a full text search in both scripts. A word or phrase found by searching the full text will be highlighted in the facsimile. Furthermore users can download a high quality OCR-PDF of the facsimile, where the text is fully searchable either in Devanāgarī script or in Latin transliteration.


OCRed Devanagari text from "Samasa cakra", highlighting "Visnu"

Facsimile page from "Samasa cakra", highlighting "Visnu"














 Some of the already OCRed texts are:
  • Tulasīdāsa: Rāmāyaasaīka. Lakhanaū, 1894.
  •        Kanhaiyālāla: Samāsa cakra. Lakhanaū, 1883.
  •        Dūdhadāsa: Rāmāśvamedha bhāā. Lakhanaū, 1900.
  •        Jacobi, Hermann: Jaina aura baudha ka bheda: Jain and baudhs taken from the introduction to the Bhadrabahu's Kalpasutra. Lakhanaū, 1897.
  •        J̱ālimasiha: Brahmadarpaa: upanyāsa. Lakhnaū, 1917.
  •        Jayadeva; Rāyacanda Nāgara: Gītagovindādarśa: arthāt Rāyacanda Nāgara-kta Gītagovinda saskta kā bhāā-pratibiba. Lakhnaū, 1926.
  •        Jānakī Prasāda Ātma Pyārelāla: Rāgavinoda: jisame bhajana, humrī, dādarā, pūrvī, bihāga, khammāca, kajarī, addhā, g̱aj̱ala, lāvanī va dohe ādi anekarāga varita haiṃ. Lakhnaū, 1914.
More texts are in preparation. We are looking forward to your feedback!

For questions and suggestions please contact:
Nicole Merkel-Hilf
Subject librarian, Digital Collections
(merkel@ub.uni-heidelberg.de) 

Friday, 18 August 2017

Rediscovered: Persian poets and poetry



James White writes


Over the past weeks, I have been cataloguing some of the Persian literary manuscripts in the University of Manchester Library, on a John Rylands Research Institute project sponsored by the Soudavar Foundation.


Sketch of a man in Qajar dress
(found in Persian MS 918)
The Library houses around a thousand Persian manuscripts that came to Manchester after circulating in Iran and India. Some of these are rare works, such as the only substantially complete copy known of ʿAwfī’s Lubāb al-albāb (Persian MS 308), the earliest extant biographical compendium of poets in Persian. Then there is the first volume of ʿAlī Ibrāhīm Khān’s Khulāṣat al-kalām (Persian MS 318), an autograph copy of an anthology of narrative poetry, selected and compiled by a judge who lived in Varanasi in the late eighteenth century. Other manuscripts are significant because they date from the life of the compiler, or just after, like the copies of Tuḥfa-yi Sāmī (Persian MS 317) and Taẕkira-yi Naṣrābādī (Persian MS 315).

I have made some discoveries. Some of the manuscripts had not been identified previously, or had been misidentified. Persian MS 328 (below) turns out to be an anthology compiled by the poet Bāsiṭī (fl.c. 1160/1747). Although anthologies often arrange poems by author, this one is more of a handbook of images. Each chapter takes a different idea, such as ‘On Expectation’, or ‘On Remembering and Forgetting’, and selects lines that engage with the overarching theme. Curiously, Bāsiṭī still refers to this work as a taẕkira (biography) in his preface, a habit that he continued in his other collections of poetry that are not biographical in their genre.

Beginning of Bāsiṭī’s anthology
(Persian MS 308, folio 10b)

Another previously misidentified work in the collection is Persian MS 648, entitled ʿĀshiq ū maʿshūq: Hamīsha Bahār. It was previously thought that this was a copy of the anthology compiled by Ikhlāṣ Chand, but the text is a narrative that follows the adventures of a prince, as he travels through Kashmir in search of the meaning of love. The final line of the work gives the name of the author as Fānī, and the text is dated elsewhere in the manuscript as having been written in 1051/1641-2. On the basis of the name, the date, and the thematic link to Kashmir, the work can be ascribed to the poet Fānī Kashmīrī (d.1081/1671-2). A third previously misidentified work is Persian MS 457, which turns out to be an encyclopaedia compiled for the Quṭb Shāh Abū l-Manṣūr Abū l-Naṣr al-Muẓaffar Sultān ʿAbdallāh.

Sketch of a woman in youth and age
(found in Persian MS 918)
Apart from the texts themselves, the manuscripts have been full of intriguing surprises that provide a glimpse into the lives of their former owners. For example, loose in the pages of Persian MS 918, a copy of Luṭf ʿAlī Bayg’s Ātashkada, is a small leaf with two portraits sketched on it in pencil. One side depicts a man in Qajar dress (see top of page), while the other consists of a drawing that represents a young woman when held from one end, and an elderly woman when held from the other (left).


Descriptions for the twenty-four manuscripts included in the project have been uploaded to Fihrist, alongside briefer records for the whole collection which were created with support from the British Institute for Persian Studies and the Iran Heritage Foundation. Images of selected Persian manuscripts are available via our online Image Collections.


Monday, 14 August 2017

Memories of Partition – 70 years on

New Archives blog published today from Farzana Whitfield, South Asia Librarian at SOAS, looking at family memories of Partition:


https://blogs.soas.ac.uk/archives/2017/08/14/memories-of-partition-70-years-on/



Thursday, 13 July 2017

Connecting Stories: Our British Asian Heritage

Exhibition opening at the Library of Birmingham on 15 July



This family-friendly exhibition, launching on 15 July, will tell the story of the close connections between Britain and India, Pakistan and Bangladesh from 1600 to the present day. It will show how those connections have influenced our food, culture, fashion, politics and heritage and made us who we are today.


The exhibition continues the partnership between the British Library and the Library of Birmingham, bringing together their rich and complementary collections to illustrate this important but little-known aspect of British and local history. There will be over 100 exhibits which highlight many different voices from the past.


Princess Sophia Duleep Singh is one of many people who will feature in the exhibition. Image from IOR/L/PS/11/52, P1608 (Image courtesy of the British Library Board)



Exhibits include letters, posters, photographs, advertisements, surveillance files, campaigning materials, oral history, and even a children’s game and a 19th century paper bag for Indian sweets. I and my co-curator of the exhibition, John O’Brien, hope that the variety of exhibits will prompt visitors to consider the many ways that history is recorded and how gaps and silences can be filled.


The exhibition aims to capture Birmingham's importance in global trade and as a centre of industry.

Mirror of British Merchandise, 1888 (Image courtesy of the British Library Board)


The Library of Birmingham collections include stunning images by local photographers past and present which will be showcased in the exhibition. The image below is from the Dyche Collection, 1950-c1975, MS 2912. (Image courtesy of the Library of Birmingham)



Capturing images of Birmingham’s richly diverse community is an important part of the exhibition and engagement programme. A selection of photographs will be included in the exhibition to give a vivid picture of Birmingham and all the people who live there today. Anyone in Birmingham can get involved now by sending their photograph via Twitter #brumpeeps. Exhibition visitors are also invited to ‘make their mark’ and share their own stories.


Please see the Library of Birmingham’s website for activities throughout the duration of the exhibition, such as family days, oral history training and talks at local libraries.


The exhibition and community engagement programme have been generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Penny Brook
Head of India Office Records at the British Library and exhibition curator


Further information


Asians in Britain web pages


The Library of Birmingham’s website for details of opening hours and events


#connectingstories
#brumpeeps




Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Three Royal Asiatic Society Persian manuscripts digitized by Cambridge University Library


By Rachel M. Rowe

Detail from 56v of the Gulistan (RAS Persian 258)


This month sees the launch of our Royal Asiatic Society collection with three remarkable Persian manuscripts currently on long loan to the University Library. The Shāhnāmah of Muhammad Juki was copied in Herat between 1440-5 and is considered to be one of the finest Timurid manuscripts of the 15th century.


The Gulistan of the poet Sa’di was completed in 1583 in Fatehpur Sikri. It is noted not only for its exquisite paintings of birds and animals which decorate the pages of the text but also for its colophon portrait which depicts the eminent scribe Muhammad Husayn al-Kashmiri known as Zarrin Qalam (Golden Pen) and the artist, Manohara as a youth.


The Kitab-i Mathnawiyyat-i Zafar Khan is a beautifully illustrated autograph copy of the verses of Ahsanallah b. Abu 'l-Hasan, entitled Zafar Khan, written in Lahore in 1663.


All three manuscripts are available to view on Cambridge Digital Library: https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/collections/ras



Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The History of Lahore and the Preservation of its Historic Buildings

Cross-posted from the Ancient India & Iran Trust blog, original post by Ursula Sims-Williams




‘The History of Lahore and the Preservation of its Historic Buildings’A Symposium to be held 13th and 14th October 2017 at Cambridge


The Ancient India & Iran Trust, in association with the Centre of South Asian Studies (University of Cambridge), is holding a symposium in Cambridge on the history of Lahore and the preservation of its historic monuments, 13-14 October 2017.

The presentations will cover a wide range of subjects, from the earliest history of Lahore and the walled city, via the glory of Mughal architecture, to the colonial period. Keynote lectures will be given by Prof Robin Coningham, Durham University: ‘Lahore’s Rich Architectural Monuments and their Current Threats’ and Fakir Syed Aijazuddin, author and researcher: ‘Lahore: Past, Present and Future’.

This will be a two-day symposium, and it is hoped that delegates will stay for both days. Sessions will take place at the Lee Seng Tee Hall, Wolfson College, Cambridge CB3 9BB and the Riley Auditorium, Clare College Memorial Court. If you would like to attend, please reserve your place by completing the registration form and sending it as an attachment to conference@indiran.org or by mail to the Conference Administrator, Ancient India & Iran Trust, 23 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge, CB2 8BG

Provisional Programme

Registration form

The Conference organisers are grateful for support from The Bestway Foundation, Kirsten Rausing, The Malaysian Commonwealth Studies Centre, The Pakistan Society and the Thriplow Charitable Trust


Conference organisers: Nicholas Barrington, Trustee AIIT
Abdul Majid Sheikh, Wolfson College, Cambridge

Image: A picture showing the Lahore Fort and Hazuri Bagh Pavilion in 1870

Monday, 5 June 2017

96th SAALG conference programme published


Further to the SAALG blog post on 26th May  the programme for the 96th South Asia Archive and Library Group Conference at the Weston Library in Oxford on Friday 21st July is as follows:

South Asia Archive and Library Group
96th Conference

Friday 21st July 2017, 10.30-16.30
Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG


10.30-11.00 Arrival and coffee

11.00-11.10 Welcome by SAALG chair

11.10-11.50 Rachel Rowe (Cambridge University Library)
Archival adventures with ephemera! Fabric swatches, train timetables and music played by the Royal Marines Band. Treasures from the Queen Mary Indian collection, Cambridge University Library

11.50-12.30 Nancy Charley (Royal Asiatic Society)
Royal Asiatic Society collections: sorting the miscellaneous box

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.05 Tour of the Weston Library

14.05-14.35 SAALG business meeting (and opportunity to visit the library’s current exhibitions for those who do not wish to attend the business meeting)

14.35-15.15 Edward Proctor (Duke University Library)
Pyrotechnical printing: fireworks advertising from Sivakasi, South India

15.15-15.45 Tea

15.45-16.30 Ashley Jackson (King’s College London) and David Tomkins (Bodleian Library)
Ephemera and the Empire: a tour through the British colonies and foreign possessions

Contacts:
Farzana Whitfield (fq@soas.ac.uk)
Emma Mathieson (emma.mathieson@bodleian.ox.ac.uk)

The conference fee, due on the day, will be £30.

Please confirm your attendance by emailing the SAALG Secretary on: fq@soas.ac.uk by Wednesday 12th July. Please specify any special dietary requirements.

Unfortunately, any cancellations after that date will incur a catering charge, for which we will have to invoice you.

Friday, 26 May 2017

“The East is a Career”: a centennial appreciation of SOAS. Tuesday 13th June, 6.30-8.30 pm

Another date for your diary!

Burzine Waghmar (SOAS) will give a talk at the Royal Asiatic Society entitled “The East is a Career”: A Centennial Appreciation of SOAS on Tuesday 13th June at 6:30 pm.  All are welcome!

Venue: Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London, NW1 2HD



Burzine’s talk will describe the history and growing pains of a very British institution, SOAS University of London, which celebrates its centenary this year.

Burzine writes: “Oriental Studies” initially comprised only the study of the Levant (Syria-Palestine and Egypt), but later came to include lands further to the east. The contributions of this discipline to public life nationally and to scholarship internationally have often been misunderstood during the last quarter of the 20th century.

Do join Burzine and help celebrate the SOAS centenary!

96th SAALG Conference,Oxford, Friday 21 July 2017

Dear SAALG members,

We warmly invite you to the 2017 SAALG conference taking place on Friday the 21st July at the recently renovated Weston Library at Oxford (formerly the New Bodleian):

https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/weston

The 96th conference will centre around the theme of ephemera with papers including treasures from the Queen Mary Indian collection, Cambridge University Library - archival material includes personal scrapbooks and souvenirs.  Further talks will discuss ephemera and the Empire: a tour through the British colonies and foreign possessions, and ephemera relating to the firework industry in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu.

The conference fee, due on the day, will be £30.

Please confirm your attendance by emailing me on: fq@soas.ac.uk by Wednesday 12th July, letting me know if you have any special dietary requirements.

Unfortunately any cancellations after that date will incur a catering charge, for which we will have to invoice you.

The SAALG Steering Committee look forward to seeing you there!

Best wishes,

Farzana ( SAALG Secretary)

Monday, 8 May 2017

Curries and bugles

Domestic life and natural history.

One of the greatest pleasures in cataloguing the donations made to the Centre of South Asian Studies at the University of Cambridge is coming across books which reflect daily routines or general interests, often annotated.  They come from personal libraries and help to supplement the archive material deposited in the form of recorded interviews, papers and photographs.

Household management
Special diets
Simple menus and recipes for camp, home and nursery by Lucy Carne. Calcutta: Thacker, Spink and Co., 1902, donated by Miss H.M. Alpin Archive ALP 8 which was referred to in the first blog has a section of foods for children. Very soft and plain food seemed to be in order.
Simple menus and recipes for camp, Archive ALP 8
Archive Misc 87 Curries and bugles
Some books look back with fondness to life in India such as a recipe for Chapattis with butter and marmalade taken from Curries and bugles : a memoir and cookbook of the British Raj written and illustrated by Jennifer Brennan. London : Viking, 1990.  Archive Misc 87. 


Complete Indian Housekeeper and cook.
Archive DV 2, donated by Mrs K.M. Davies.









Nineteenth century advice on clothing:

"Whilst on the subject of stockings, a word of warning may be given on open-work decoration : mosquitos are very prevalent in most parts of India, and the bite of a mosquito may mean death. At least four pairs of stays should be taken, as in hot weather they get sodden and require drying and airing"  from The complete Indian housekeeper and cook : giving the duties of mistress and servants, the general management of the house, and practical recipes for cooking in all its branches by F.A. Steel and G. Gardiner. London : William Heinemann, 1907. Archive DV 2, donated by Mrs K.M. Davies. This was originally published in 1888 and a 1921 edition is shelved at Archive (54):64. A 2010 reprint is available from Cambridge core. From the same book: the list of clothing required for a station in the plains where there is society is copied above.

Interests of a Brigadier
Brigadier F.R.L. Goadby (1899-1985) donated in May 1981 over 70 books covering his wide ranging interests in dance, art, architecture, Indian fauna and flora, and army life. Notes inside some of the books show that he carried out botanical research on behalf of friends. He served in the Royal Engineers from 1918 and the Royal Corps of Signals from 1921. In 1926 he joined the Indian Army serving in the 2/3rd Sikh Pioneers. During 1933 he transferred to the 1st Battalion, 6th Rajputana Rifles (which uses a bugle horn as its insignia). Later in his career he served in Southern Command, India; Simla; Calcutta; Bihar; and Bombay.

The State Library of Victoria has digitized Myauk. The Indian Army ABC (Archive GB 30) http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/87039 which provides a light hearted view of conditions a decade before Goadby joined the Sikh Pioneers.

Botanical guides
During his various postings Goadby studied local flora and built up a collection of botanical guides which  include three volumes of B.O. Coventry, Wild flowers of Kashmir,  London : Raithby, Lawrence & Co. 1923-1930 (Archive GB 2a-c), H. Collett, Flora simlensis : a handbook of the flowering plants of Simla and the neighbourhood, Calcutta : Thacker. 1902 (Archive GB 26), and P.F. Fyson,  Flora of the South Indian Hill stations, Madras : printed by the superintendent, 1932 (Archive GB 25 a&b). Being a private collection means that the books donated have papers and other items included, a problem for archivists and librarians. Charles James Bamber, Plants of the Punjab : a descriptive key to the flora of the Punjab, Lahore : Superintendent Government Printing,  1916 (Archive GB 27) has many pressed plants included.  Should they be sent to a Botany department?





Bamber, Plants of the Punjab. Archive GB 27