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South Asia Open Archives (SAOA) on JSTOR: Artstor's Public Collections

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About Artstor

Looking for images? Learn more about Artstor, a digital library of images from around the world.


About JSTOR Forum

JSTOR Forum is the new name for Shared Shelf and is the next generation of the web-based software for managing, describing, and delivering your library and museum collections to maximize their discoverability and usage. JSTOR Forum is an enterprise-wide media management solution that enables institutions to upload, catalog, and share their digital collections. Users can easily manage a library’s special collection, a retiring faculty member’s lifelong work, student project videos, and more. Collections are discoverable alongside the Digital Library’s content throughout your institution, and may be shared with other institutions or published to the Open Web via Shared Shelf Commons, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), or your own Omeka site.

Artstor’s public collections offer approximately 1 million freely accessible images, videos, documents, and audio files from library special collections, faculty research, and institutional history materials, as well as hundreds of thousands of Open Access images from partner museums.

Institutions contribute these collections by publishing from JSTOR Forum. Anyone may view and download images from these collections; no subscription or login required.

For an overview of these collections, including available content, browse the Public Collections LibGuide.

Artstor's Public Collections

Cornell: Depicting the Sri Lankan Vernacular

This collection of original photographs and drawings is drawn from ethnographic research on architecture and traditional domestic life in Sri Lanka, conducted in various periods between 1965 and 2012, by Bonnie and Robert MacDougall. These original images, as well as other visual records, pertain to lifeways and hereditary practices in the Central Highlands, and more particularly to a single remote Sinhala community in the hinterlands of the Kandy District.

Cornell: Beyond the Taj: Architectural Traditions and Landscape Experience in South Asia

Beyond the Taj is a collection of visual and written materials assembled to support instruction and research on South Asian architectural expression in the joint perspectives of architecture and ethnography. The visual core of the collection consists of approximately 7000 photographs of works of architecture, pilgrimage locales and domestic life taken in India and Sri Lanka by Professor Robert D. Scotty MacDougall (1940-1987), an anthropologist and an architect.

A selection of photographs:


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