May 19, 2022

Center for Research Libraries (CRL) and JSTOR Partner to Make South Asian Materials Openly Available Online

From CRL:

CRL has partnered with JSTOR to make collections from the South Asia Open Archives openly available on JSTOR at

The South Asia Open Archives (SAOA) is a rich and growing collection of historical and contemporary sources covering the arts, humanities, and social sciences, in English and South Asian languages, from and about South Asia. SAOA has been made possible through a collaborative grassroots initiative of U.S. research libraries and partners from South Asia and has grown out of the work of the South Asia Materials Project (SAMP), which has been preserving rare and endangered South Asian materials since 1967.

Administered by CRL, SAOA digitally preserves and makes freely available all of its content. It is enriched by substantial contributions of content, as well as human and material resources from a community of libraries, research centers, archives, and other institutions. A launch event for the SAOA digital collections will be held on October 18, 2019, during the Annual Conference on South Asia in Madison, WI.

The partnership making SAOA collections available on JSTOR is part of a new initiative that enables libraries and consortia to host their primary source collections on the platform. This arrangement leverages the JSTOR infrastructure to make content openly accessible to millions of researchers who use JSTOR, where it becomes searchable alongside the books, journals, and other primary source materials on the platform.


The South Asia Open Archives contains more than 350,000 pages of content, and will continue to grow. It includes important Colonial-era administrative and trade reports, as well as newspapers dealing with themes of caste and social structure, social and economic history, women and gender, and more.

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