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Digital South Asia Library
American Institute of Indian Studies and Digital South Asia Library, University of Chicago
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This site presents large collections of both primary-source images and statistics. It includes approximately 125,000 photographic images from the Varanasi slide collections of the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) Center for Art and Archaeology in Gurgaon, Haryana, India. The images fall into the broad categories of architecture, sculpture, terracotta, painting, and numismatics, all from South and Southeast Asia. The images are accessible only through a quick or advanced search function, with fields for location, subjects, affiliation, identification numbers, and date. A quick search for “stupa,” for example, yielded 1,043 images. The good-quality images enlarge to more than full screen and are accompanied by a catalog description that includes date and location. In addition, the site hosts a database of about 1,200 Excel spreadsheets of statistical information on British India between the years 1840 and 1920. The data ranges widely in scope—from information on population, to health, to the economy and public infrastructure, to the judicial system and education, and other categories. The data is also available in digital book format, which are actual scans of the original documents from the British record offices.

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