The other day I stumbled across the Digital Library of India (www.dli.gov.in), which turns out, is a treasure trove of resources on Burma, particularly on books and government reports compiled during the colonial period, as well as a handful of books from the post-colonial period.
Warning: The website is quite cumbersome to navigate and accessibility is terrible: the website looks like it was built in the 1990s and never got around to being updated. I honestly wish DLI would just partner with Google to make the texts more searchable, or at least improve its OCR accuracy. The cataloguing is also imprecise.
Regardless, it’s a noteworthy endeavor for the Indian government to make these public domain documents available for the public’s perusal. The scanned format is black and white TIFF, so you’ll need to download a TIFF plugin (AlternaTIFF) to view the scanned pages.
Below are some of my finds, to save interested folks the trouble of trying to navigate through the terrible hit-or-miss search results:
|A Burmese Phonetic Reader||Lilias E. Armstrong, Pe Maung Tin||1925||Link|
|A Cultural Study of the Burmese Era||R.L. Soni||1955||Link|
|A History of Modern Burma||John F. Cady||1958||Link|
|Arakan Past Present and Future||John Ogilvy Hay||1892||Link|
|Brahmanical Gods in Burma||Nihar-Ranjuan Ray||1932||Link|
|Burma||Ma Mya Sein||1943||Link|
|Art of Burma Korea Tibet||Alexander B Griswold, Chewon Kim, Peter H Pott||1964||Link|
|Burma, Past and Present Vol 1||Albert Fytche||1878||Link|
|Burma, Past and Present Vol 2||Albert Fytche||1878||Link|
|Burma: A Handbook of Practical Information||J George Scott||1911||Link|
|Burmese Drama||Maung Htin Aung||1937||Link|
|Burmese Economic Life||Andrus J. Russell||1947||Link|
|Burmese Economic Life||Andrus J. Russell||1949||Link|
|Burmese Family||Mi Mi Khaing||1946||Link|
|Burmese Folk Tales||Maung Htin Aung||1948||Link|
|Burmese Self Taught||R.F. St.A St. John||1911||Link|
|Burmese Sketches||Taw Sein Ko||1913||Link|
|Colonial Administration in the Far East: The Province of Burma, Vol I||Alleyne Ireland||1907||Link|
|Colonial Administration in the Far East: The Province of Burma, Vol II||Alleyne Ireland||1907||Link|
|Economic Development in Burma, 1951-1960||Louis J. Walinsky||1959||Link|
|Election Cases India And Burma (1920-35)||Laurie Hammond||1936||Link|
|Handbook of India and British Burma||W.E. Robbins||1883||Link|
|History of Upper Assam, Upper Burmah, and the North-eastern Frontier||L.W. Shakespear||1914||Link|
|Six Months in British Burma||Christopher T Winter||1858||Link|
|The Glass Palace Chronicle of the Kings Of Burma||Pe Maung Tin||1923||Link|
|Theravada Buddhism in Burma||Niharranjan Ray||1946||Link|
If you happen to come across any other interesting titles, feel free to leave a comment below.