South Asian Newspapers on trial

The Library currently has trial access to South Asian Newspapers (1864-1922). This unique collection provides online access to a select group of South Asian newspapers from the 19th and early 20th centuries.


South Asian Newspapers (1864-1922) coverage includes:

  • the aftermath of the Indian Rebellion
  • construction of railroads
  • effects of British Colonial rule
  • Hindu-Muslim conflicts
  • life on coffee, tea and rubber plantations
  • Morley-Minto Reforms
  • formation of the Indian National congress
  • start of Mahatma Gandhi’s independence movement
  • economics
  • politics
  • the arts

The collection features English-, Gujarati- and Bengali-language papers published in India, in the regions of the Subcontinent that now comprise Pakistan, and in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Included are such titles as Amrita Bazar Patrika (Calcutta), Bankura Darpana (Bankura, India), Madras Mail (Madras), Kayasare Hinda (Bombay), Pioneer (Allahabad, India), Tribune (Lahore, Pakistan) and the Ceylon Observer (Sri Lanka).

The collection can be easily searched. You can view articles or download them as PDFs. There are also options to view the full page that the article appears on or browse issues.


Newspapers are a valuable and rich resource providing first-hand accounts of events and issues and the newspapers included in this collection are ideal for comparing and contrasting views on both local and global issues.

Through eyewitness reporting, editorials, legislative updates, letters, poetry, advertisements, matrimony and death notices, this collection chronicles the evolution of cultures and communities across South Asia during a time of intense change.

You can access South Asian Newspapers (1864-1922) via the E-resources trials page.
Access available until 23rd March 2016.
Feedback welcome.

Did you know that the Library already subscribes to the Times of India archive? This is the world’s largest circulation English daily newspaper and the archive covers 1838-2005. You can access this and lots of other newspaper archives and databases of current content via the Newspapers database page.

Access is only available to current students and staff at University of Edinburgh.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for History, Classics and Archaeology