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Digital Library of India: A repository of colonial Burma records

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.

Screenshot of Digital Library of India's homepage, as of March 1, 2015.

Screenshot of Digital Library of India’s homepage, as of March 1, 2015.

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.

“Burma Racial Map” from the Census of India, 1931 reports.

Below are some of my finds, to save interested folks the trouble of trying to navigate through the terrible hit-or-miss search results:

Title Author Year Link
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
Talaings R. Halliday 1917 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.

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