The South Asia Collection at Hamilton Library began with the Oriental Institute in 1932, initially acquiring materials on Sanskrit, Indian philosophy, and religion. Today, the collection is rich in resources about South Asia from the 18th, 19, and 20th centuries, and filled with treasures on a variety of subjects, including history, travel writing, and literature. Several of these are rare items, held in the Special Research Collection, such as Views of India, an album of fifty-four water-color views of architectural sites at Agra, Delhi, and Mathura; Thomas Pennant’s Indian Zoology, a beautifully illustrated volume on animals and birds on the subcontinent; travel accounts by William Hodges, who accompanied Captain Cook on his second voyage; and art prints of Hindu icons by Atul Basu, a Calcutta (Kolkatta) artist, active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

While rare materials and original documents, in any form, are a prized feature of library collections, the South Asia collection actively works to make its holdings digitally accessible. This project begins to collect all the materials that belong to collections of Hamilton Library at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa that fit the title content, South Asia: 19th Century and Earlier Imprints.

All items in this digital collection are in the public domain. Each item includes title pages, table of contents, and, when available, prefatory notes, selected illustrations and text. Links will be provided to the catalog record, and to full text sites, if available. Full text will be provided through E-Vols, if unavailable elsewhere. This project is ongoing with regular additions to the content.

STATISTICS:

  • Total imprints in database: 42
  • Total images in database: 834