SAMP Related Projects

SAMP supports the related projects listed below:

Digital South Asia Library (DSAL)

The Digital South Asia Library provides digital materials for reference and research on South Asia to scholars, public officials, business leaders, and other users.

Microfilming of Indian Publications Project  (MIPP)

Microfilming of Indian Publications Project preserves and makes accessible all 55,992 books listed in The National Bibliography of Indian Literature: 1901-1953 (NBIL) together with the pre-1954 titles in the NBIL supplement. A group of Indian scholars selected these books in the twenty-two major languages of South Asia for their central importance to humanistic understanding of India.

SAMP 19th-Century Hindi Project

From 1991 to 1994, SAMP conducted a three-year grant project sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities to make accessible more than 2,000 nineteenth-century publications in Hindi, the national language of India.  The titles were selected from publications held by the British Librarys former India Office Library and Records, preeminent in its holdings of South Asian books.   Records of the titles filmed in this project may be found in CRL’s online catalog.  For a searchable database of all OIOC holdings, consult CRL’s Digital South Asia Library page under Bibliographies.

SAMP 19th-Century Hindustani Project 

SAMP received a grant award from NEH to undertake the microfilming of the most significant nineteenth-century publications in Hindustani (now usually referred to as Urdu, the national language of Pakistan and a major language of India), similar to the Hindi project in scope. The 3,149 microfilmed titles were selected from the Hindustani Catalogue of the British Library’s Oriental and India Office Collections.  The completed project (1992–95) provides access to virtually all the titles listed in the first two-thirds of the printed catalogue and produced 275 reels of microfilm.  Master negatives reside with the British Library. 

To search this collection, use the British Library’s Oriental and Indian Office Collections database. Utilizing only the search parameter of “language: Urdu,” you will see a list of Urdu holdings at the BL. Listings that have a note stating that a microfilm master negative is held by the British Library will also be available from the Center for Research Libraries. Those without that note are not at CRL. Bibliographic records are being prepared for the CRL catalog.



Featured: Unique Urdu and Hindi Collection

Prof. Robert Phillips, lecturer for the Program in South Asian Studies at Princeton University, teaches courses in Hindi-Urdu and South Asian Studies, and has used both South Asia Materials Project (SAMP) and CRL resources to support different research, writing, and teaching projects.

Accessing Āmukha in SAMP’s holdings offered an opportunity to incorporate the crucial - but often less-collected - genre of the little magazine into his research on Hindi modernism and a subsequent conference presentation.