Area Studies: India

Research Source

A vital resource for the study of Empire, the British Raj, and the history, culture and literature of the Indian subcontinent from 1650-1942.

Highlights include:

  • The official and personal papers of Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India, 1898-1905, from the India Office at the British Library
  • Rare printed works of colonial literature from India, 1650-1914, and volumes of travel writing from Indians travelling to the West
  • Indian Newspaper Reports c1868-1942 – weekly abstracts compiled by the India Office, summarising both English- and native-language newspapers from the British Raj

Key Data


  • 2018

Period Covered

  • 1650-1942

Collections Included

  • Colonial Discourses: Series Three: Colonial fiction, 1712-1933
  • Curzon, India and Empire: The papers of Lord Curzon (1859-1925) from the British Library, London
  • The Empire Writes Back: Part One: Indian views on Britain and Empire, 1810-1915, from the British Library, London
  • India During the Raj: Eyewitness Accounts: Diaries and related records describing life in India, 1712-1925
  • India in the Age of Empire: The Journals of Michael Pakenham Edgeworth (1812-1881) from the Bodleian Library, Oxford
  • Indian Newspaper Reports, c. 1868-1942

Material Types

  • Rare books
  • Travel writing
  • Personal and official papers
  • Newspaper reports
  • Diaries and journals
  • Correspondence


  • Colonial and post-colonial literature
  • The British Raj
  • Empire and colonialism
  • Cultural and social history of India

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