This blog invites historians to present their perspectives and knowledge of archives and libraries as a practice that could be useful to future users. This initiative was intended to address two objectives: to map historical collections in the region (the focus by default is on South Asia and India) with information about their contents and use. SeeChange, which designed this blog and the site www.publicarchives.org, addressed this by designing a directory page that listed archives and libraries in four regions of the country. Contributors could post information on collections they knew of by filling in a form on the page.
To complement the list, this wordpress blog provides a fuller account of collections, of histories behind libraries, and has hosted a discussion about rights and access to state and private archives. It also invites small full-text collections to illustrate posts or as stand-alone sources. Readers will find an interview with Ines G. Županov about the state of archives in Goa, as well as posts by Shahid Amin and Partha Chatterjee on the question of citizen rights. Texts from the Indian Emergency of 1975 indicate that the blog can be used to archive collections relating to recent political history, such as the letters that belonged to George Lobo, a labour officer and participant in the organisations working for the liberation of Goa.
(This blog was designed by SeeChange with assistance from Mahiti via Sunil Abraham and Nishant Shah of CIS. It was initiated and maintained by Aparna Balachandran and Rochelle Pinto and collaborates with the Scottish Centre for Global History at the University of Dundee)