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South Asia Archive & Library Group

Journey from Calcutta to Simla

Journey from Calcutta to Simla, 1837. By Frances Eden (1801-49). (MSS EUR Photo Eur 325) © The British Library Board.


SAALG Conference July 2011



The South Asia Library Group was formed in 1967 and in 2001 changed its name to South Asia Archive and Library Group to acknowledge the presence of a number of archivists among its members. It consists of representatives of libraries, archives and other institutions in the United Kingdom with some degree of specialisation in South Asian Studies.

The aims of the Group are concerned with the acquisition and use of books, manuscripts and archival materials in the field of South Asian Studies, co-operative bibliographical projects and other matters which can be served by common consultation. The Group meets twice annually.

Squirrels in a plane tree

Squirrels in a plane tree, by Abu'l Hasan, Indian Albums, Mughal, c.1605-08. (Johnson Album 1/30) © The British Library Board.




Helen Porter
Assistant Librarian
Royal Asiatic Society
14 Stephenson Way
London NW1 2HD
Tel: +44 (0)20 7388 4539


Antonia Moon
Asia Pacific & Africa Collections
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7842

Puraj Ragini

Puraj Ragini. Hyderabad, Deccan, mid eighteenth century. (Johnson Album 37/9) © The British Library Board.


Minutes of SAALG Meetings

Newsletters and Conference Presentations

The Newsletter has been discontinued after the decision made at SAALG's 80th Conference in February 2009.  It was decided to use the Group's Blog for the timely dissemination of news.

Presentations at SAALG Conference 

London, January 2011

Delegates who attended SAALG's Borderlands Conference at the Royal Asiatic Society in January will be delighted to see Andrew Jarvis' article published in Modern Asian Studies (v.45, no.4, July 2011).  Entitled 'The Myriad-Pencil of the Photographer' : seeing, mapping and situating Burma in 1855 (pp. 791-823), it questions how Tripe's photographs should be interpreted today.

A D Jarvis, Burma through the lens of Linnaeus Tripe (1) 

Burma through the lens of Linnaeus Tripe (2)

Oxford, 2 July 2010

Crispin Branfoot, Professions and processions in 19th century south India, a "Company" album in SOAS Library

Related article published in Orientations, November 2007: Painting processions, social and religious landscape of Southern India in a "Company" album

Cambridge, 3 July 2009

Christopher Gill, Veterinary material in the National Library of Scotland’s India Papers Collection- A previously neglected resource for historical research 

Karen Mills, Digilab - the latest tools and technologies for teaching and learning and their application in libraries and archives

Sam van Schaik, The International Dunhuang Project: Tibetan manuscript research and the cataloguing of manuscripts using Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) guidelines


Details of Moghal painting by Abu'l Hasan

Details of Moghal painting by Abu'l Hasan © The British Library Board.