South Asian Newspapers, 1864-1922

Front Page of Ceylon Observer (Colombo, Sri Lanka), 05-31-1906.


The Libraries have added World Newspaper Archive: South Asian Newspapers, 1864-1922 to our database resources. This fully searchable collection of English, Gujarati, and Bengali language papers gives access to local coverage of regions of the subcontinent that now comprise of India, Pakistan, and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).

Key topics addressed in this collection include the aftermath of the Indian Rebellion; construction of railroads; effects of British Colonial rule; Hindu-Muslim conflicts; life on coffee, tea and rubber plantations; Morely-Minto Reforms; formation of the Indian National Congress; start of Mahatma Gandhi’s independence movement; as well as economics and the arts. The thirteen newspapers provide various perspectives that contrast with global media reporting (or lack thereof).

The interface offers options to limit keyword searches by dates and eras, newspaper title, places of publication, and languages. The scanned newspapers can also be read through as full issues that include letters, poetry, legislative notices, advertisements, matrimonial announcement and obituaries.

Access the database through the A-Z list, the guide to South Asian Studies, or the Newspapers guide. For questions or comments, contact AJ Robinson (

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