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South Asia Open Archives (SAOA) on JSTOR: About SAOA

About SAOA

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JSTOR has partnered with the Center for Research Libraries to make historical South Asian materials freely available - including primary and secondary works such pamphlets, monographs, periodicals, fiction, poetry and more! This collection is open to all.

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Explore an open, global collection of South Asian research resources

The South Asia Open Archives (SAOA) is a rich and growing collection of historical and contemporary primary and secondary sources in the arts, humanities and social sciences from and about South Asia. SAOA is created by a collaborative grassroots initiative of US research libraries and partners from South Asia. Administratively hosted by the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), and presented online for open access in partnership with JSTOR/Ithaka, SAOA digitally preserves and makes freely available all its content. 

SAOA Highlights

The South Asia Open Archives (SAOA), a subset of the South Asia Materials Project (SAMP), creates and maintains a collection of open access materials for the study of South Asia. This major collaborative initiative is aimed at addressing the current scarcity of digital resources pertinent to South Asia studies and at making collections more widely accessible both to North American scholars and to researchers worldwide. The archives on JSTOR include:

  • 350,000 pages of publicly accessible research material on South Asia
  • Curated collections on social & economic history, literature, women & gender, and caste & social structure
  • Books, journals, and newspapers spanning a variety of languages, currently including English, Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Malayalam, Gujarati, and Marathi


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Social and economic history

Caste and social structure


Women & Gender


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