The cooperative South Asia Microform Project (SAMP) seeks to acquire and maintain a readily accessible microform collection of unique materials related to the study of South Asia. Materials are collected both through the project’s filming efforts and through the purchase of positive copies of materials filmed by other groups, institutions, and companies.
SAMP strives to cooperate with libraries and archives worldwide to preserve unique or endangered materials for the study of South Asia. Created in 1967 and affiliated with the Association for Asian Studies, SAMP’s subscribing members acquire and maintain materials from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives in microform. To provide convenient access to subscribers, the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) houses and administers the collection.
Since its inauguration, SAMP has acquired or filmed more than 23,000 scholarly publications, newspapers, and government documents. Cooperation with national archives and libraries such as the British Library (particularly the Oriental and India Office Collections from the former India Office Library), the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, and the Library of Congress Field Offices in South Asia has helped build a diverse collection of texts in microform including: reports from the British East India Company, journals from scholarly societies, personal papers of researchers, pamphlets, and posters. Recent acquisitions have included microfilms of the nineteenth-century Hindi, Urdu, and Panjabi titles held by the British Library as well as a collection of rare land settlement reports.
Since 1990, financial aid from various organizations has helped expand SAMP’s preservation work. Grants amounting to more than $1,650,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the U. S.-India Fund, the Government of India, and the American Institute of Pakistan Studies support the microfilming of 16,700 titles, mostly in the languages of South Asia. In 1990, SAMP began a special project to microfilm the 55,000 books in the twenty-two languages found in the Sahitya Akademi’s The National Bibliography of Indian Literature, 1901-1953, rarely held by North American libraries.
Some SAMP microfilm is available for purchase. For more information, see Microform Sales.
For questions or information about SAMP, contact simon [at] crl [dot] edu (James Simon).
Meeting Minutes and other information related to the ongoing work of SAMP may be found in the SAMP Workspace.
The SAMP Workspace is a wiki tool that members can access to review and edit or add content. It is open only to SAMP Members. simon [at] crl [dot] edu (Contact) the CRL representative for information on access to the Workspace.