Participating librarians and scholars provide information here about collections, archives and data sets of interest to area and international studies (AIS) research, propose preservation of those collections and the creation of new digital resources from data sets, and vote on the merits of those proposals. Community input provided here informs and guides the building of new AIS resources.
Archives of Professor Samik Bandyopadhyay
The four hundred files in this collection contain newspaper and periodical clippings; reviews of plays, performances, exhibitions and films; the collector’s own notes from lectures and seminars attended over six decades or more; notes from lectures delivered by him and research projects he has been part of; correspondence with authors, filmmakers, theatre directors, playwrights, painters and scholars whose works Prof. Bandyopadhyay has reviewed, critiqued, introduced or translated, as well as those whom he has interviewed for publication or broadcast/telecast; documents and correspondence related to Bandyopadhyay’s engagements in various official and advisory capacities with governmental and institutional bodies like the central Sangeet...
This proposal is for the microfilming of the earliest 12 issues of Design, published in India from 1957-1967. CRL has holdings beginning with volume 13 (1969). Also for microfilming of volume 15, number 2 and volume 21, number 10 to fill gaps in CRL’s collection.
Digital Preservation of Nepalī Traimāsika and Pūrva Ṭāimsa: Two important sources for scholars of XX-century Nepal
The project aims to digitize the Nepali-language periodicals titled “Nepalī Traimāsika” (Trimonthly) and “Pūrva Ṭāimsa” (Weekly). A list of volumes and issues along with brief descriptions of the proposed titles are appended. The digital copy will be prepared from the original periodicals. Digital copies of each will be sent to SAMP and kept at Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya (MPP). (This is a continuation of a project to digitize Nepali newspapers and periodicals collected and filmed by the MPP under the supervision of LC consultants.)
Garima and Racana
The project aims to digitize specific runs of two Nepali literary magazines "Garima" and "Racana". A list of volumes and issues along with a brief description of the proposed title is appended.
The digital copy will be prepared from the original periodicals. A set of the digital copy will be sent to SAMP and another set kept at Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya (MPP).
Government publications and documents regarding Kashmir
This proposal is for 15 individual titles related to the Kashmir situation, primarily during the late 1950s and 1960s. Included are two Secret Reports by government entities related to potential terrorist activity. Indiana University is the only known holder of these two reports, which were gifted to the institution in 2005. The additional titles are other related government documents from this time period, also scarcely held in WorldCat. Most of these are published by entities within or related to the Pakistani government, as the Indian government publications that are both relevant and held at IU are more widely held.
HMV Catalogues - South Asia
HMV in India, the catalogues of other companies such as Zonophone and Twin are also included. The catalogues encompass recordings in all of the major languages of the subcontinent.HMV in India, the catalogues of other companies such as Zonophone and Twin are also included. The catalogues encompass recordings in all of the major languages of the subcontinent.Digitization of the semi-annual catalogues and release sheets for gramophone records from colonial India.
Kannada Publications in the National Bibliography of Indian Literature
This project will continue work begun more than thirty years ago to create preservation copies of all publications included in the National Bibliography of Indian Literature (NBIL). To date, 1,288 of the publications in the Kannada section of the NBIL have been preserved (or partially preserved in the case of multi-volume works) under the Microfilming of Indian Publications Project.
Three hundred and twenty Kannada publications in the NBIL are proposed for digitization this year. This is approximately one quarter of the...
Ingesting at CRL of digitized images of the Tamil periodical Kutiyaracu and cataloging the digital resource. The digital images are being provided by the University of Chicago Library.
Leftist Serials in Tamil: Markcist Mata Italkalai and Cemmalar
Building on increased interest in the “global left” and deepening the growing corpus of leftist material made available in digital format through SAMP & SAOA (for example, Nalupu, Amukh, Kranti, Viplav, Viplavi Tract, Bagi, the Sajjad Zaheer Archive), we propose to digitize and make openly available two communist journals in Tamil:Markcist Mata Italkalai (1991-2020) (not in OCLC) Cemmalar (1970-2021) (OCLC: 5119595) 7 print holdings (CRL, Cornell, NYPL, Wisconsin, California [2—one UCU, one NLRF], and Texas)--presumably all LCCAP supplied The latest holdings in US libraries end in 1996 1973-1996 are available in Hathi but those issues are not open access, many of the scans are blurry, have lost...
The project aims to digitize the literary magazine Madhuparka. A list of volumes and issues along with a brief description of the proposed title is appended.
The digital copy would be prepared from the original periodicals. Each digital copy would be sent to SAMP and kept at Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya (MPP).
Madras Legislative Assembly Debates
The project aims to digitize debates of Madras Legislative assembly from pre-independent era (from 1933) to post-independent period (up to 1969).
Madras Legislative Council Proceedings and Debates
The project aims to digitize Proceedings of the Madras Legislative Council from pre-independent era (1921-1937) and Madras Legislative Council Debates from pre-independent era (from 1938) to post-independent period (up to 1956). Volumes of Madras Legislative Assembly Debates from post-independent period (From 1960 -1966) are also planned to be digitized in the project as a continuation to the earlier project.
Madras Presidency - Official Publications
The project aims to digitize official publications of Madras Presidency during the pre-Independent era, (1867-1937).
Pedagogy and scribal culture in pre-colonial Bengal: Digitization of 2500 manuscripts from Nabadwip Sadharan Granthagar
Nabadwip, a small town in the Nadia district of West Bengal (India), is said to have been the capital of the Sena kingdom of Bengal until the 13th century and was well into the 20th a preeminent center of Sanskrit learning. Traditionally held to be the birthplace of Chaitanya (circa 1486-1534), the founder of the Gaudiya Vaishnava movement, Nabadwip remains a very important pilgrimage center for Hindus across the world. Nabadwip’s reputation as a center of Sanskrit learning however was not dependent solely on the Gaudiya Vaishnava networks and in fact predated the birth of Chaitanya. As demonstrated by historians such as Dineshchandra Bhattacharyya, Jonardon Ganeri, Joel Bordeaux, and Samuel Wright, the scholarly networks centered in Nabadwip and adjoining regions excelled in...
Preserving Early Tamil Serials
This project aims to digitize three early Tamil serials namely, Kumari malar, Makaḷir cintaṉai and Pēcum paṭam. These serials focused on subjects such as literature, feminism and early Tamil movies respectively. Roja Muthiah Research Library (RMRL) has almost full run of these serials which are important source material for researchers.
Preserving Online South Asian Governmental Publications
Building upon the research conducted by 25 participants in the 2022 South Asian Cooperative Collection Development Workshop (SACOOP), this pilot seeks $15,000 to support data collection and preparation in service of the following goals:...
Rajasthani Publications in the National Bibliography of Indian Literature
This project will continue work begun more than thirty years ago to create preservation copies of all publications included in the National Bibliography of Indian Literature (NBIL). To date, only six of the publications in the Rajasthani section of the NBIL have been preserved (or partially preserved in the case of multi-volume works) under the Microfilming of Indian Publications Project. Half of the 124 Rajasthani publications in the NBIL are proposed for digitization this year. A second proposal will be submitted to SAMP next year to complete preservation of the remaining Rajasthani publications. Consistent with established practices for NBIL preservation copies of microfilm and digitized copies of those microfilms, the resources are proposed for hosting at the Center for...
Rare Odia Serials at the Utkal Sahitya Samaj
This is a proposal to digitize six regional Odia language serials from the early twentieth century, held by the Utkal Sahitya Samaj (USS) in Cuttack: Baikuntha Bhikari, Puribasi, The Ratnakar, Utkal Barta, The Swadesha Lakshmi, and The Light. These titles are not present in Worldcat, and we know of no other holdings. We have received written permission from the USS to digitize their entire archive, and have chosen these rare serial holdings as a pilot project.
The work will be conducted by staff from the Center for Translation and Digital Humanities at Ravenshaw University, under the direction of Urmishree Bedamatta. To support capacity building, and with an eye towards future collaborations in Odisha, we are requesting funds to purchase mobile...
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