Collaborative effort builds South Asia Open Archives

Through January, we’re publishing year-in-review highlights from FY2020. Download a full PDF of this year’s Annual Report to read more! This week’s theme has to do with building the future for Library collections. 

The Library is contributing to the South Asia Open Archives (SAOA), a free, open access collection of key historical and contemporary primary source materials in arts, humanities, and social sciences related to the study of South Asia. This curated collection contains 20,285 digitized books, journals, newspapers, census data, magazines, and documents in 19 languages. The Library welcomes the opportunity to join 25 other research institutions in providing open access to scarce materials needed by an underserved global community of scholars.

The South Asia Open Archives grew out of the work of the South Asia Materials Project, in which the Library has participated for many years. SAOA is administered and hosted in partnership with the Center for Research Libraries and JSTOR, a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources.

The Library is contributing 26,137 digitized images to SAOA’s total cache of over 600,000 searchable pages. In addition to providing digitized content, other areas of the Library have participated on the steering committee by selecting titles for inclusion and by contributing financial support, metadata, and copyright review.

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