Granth South Asia is a collaborative and open-access web resource devoted to book history in South Asia, hosted by the School of Cultural Texts and Records (SCTR), Jadavpur University ( The site is intended to be an interactive resource for work primarily carried out under the aegis of the ‘Collaborative Project between the School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University and the British Library, UK, on Digitization of South Asian Archival Resources’, funded by the Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT). The site will feature bibliographies, short-title catalogues, book trade indices and directories, and archival material.

SCTR is particularly privileged to launch the site with two databases created by Graham Shaw, formerly director, Asia Pacific & Africa Collections, The British Library. We are grateful to Graham Shaw for making the material available to us.

  1. South Asia Book Trade Index (SABTI): an A-Z of anyone associated with printing in South Asia. We hope to add more biographical details to the entries in the future. The database currently has over 2,100 entries.
  2. Bibliography of book history in South Asia: this is a working bibliography of the history of the book in South Asia. These are alphabetically arranged, and will soon be categorized according to the following schema: General Works, Chronological Studies, Regional Studies, Language Studies and Specific Themes.

The other databases featured on the site are:

  1. Bibliographical database and location register of all books printed in Bengali 1801-1867, compiled by Abhijit Gupta and his team. The scope of the database will soon be extended to 1914. The project was funded by the University Grants Commission, India, the Bibliographical Society, UK and the Bibliographical Society of America.
  2. The Bireshwar Bandyopadhyay Street Literature Collection: These are from the personal collection of print-history pioneer and scholar Bireshwar Bandyopadhyay, Nearly 200 titles from the early 20th century to the 1970s have been digitized under this project. This site will feature the metadata of the titles.
  3. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies papers: This constitutes a pilot study of 1,250 folios at the MAKAIS, comprising books, journals, almanacs, newspapers, reports, fatwas etc. Much of the material is in Urdu.