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A summary of Yale University Library's South Asia Collection, which includes material from and about Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Himalayan region, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
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Strengths of the South Asia Collection

Yale University Library's holdings of materials on South Asia are strongest and/or fastest growing in the following subject areas:


Where is the South Asia Collection?

The South Asia Collection is spread across the entire Yale University Library system.  Search In ORBIS for material in the following locations:

  • Divinity Library: material about Christianity and missionary activity in South Asia

History of the South Asia Collection

  • 1840:Prof. Edward E. Salisbury begins teaching Sanskrit at Yale
    "Yale was the first academic institution to teach Sanskrit in the Western Hemisphere. Sanskrit has been taught continuously at Yale since the late 1840s when Professor Edward E. Salisbury introduced Sanskrit to the University curriculum."
  • 1842:American Oriental Society founded  
    The library of the American Oriental Society (AOS) includes materials in Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit, Pali, and Prakrit. The collection's printed materials are located in Room 329 of Sterling Memorial Library.
  • 1854:Salisbury endows a professorial chair to teach Sanskrit
    "In 1854, he endowed a permanent professorial chair in Sanskrit, which was filled in the same year by his student, William Dwight Whitney."
  • 1854:William Dwight Whitney becomes the first Edward E. Salisbury Professorship of Sanskrit and Comparative Philology  
    The Edward E. Salisbury Professorship of Sanskrit and Comparative Philology is the second oldest endowed Sanskrit chair in the United States.
  • 1960-1980: Yale University Library joins the PL480 - New Delhi program
    YUL joins the PL480 program, run by the Library of Congress, from approximately 1960 to 1980. Yale University Library begins collecting heavily in many South Asian languages, such as Arabic, Persian, and Tibetan.
  • 1999: Yale University Library begins actively collecting South Asian material
    The Librarian for Southeast Asian Studies, Rich Richie, begins curating the new South Asian Collection. YUL rejoins the Library of Congress Collective Acquisitions Program (New Delhi and Islamabad).
  • 2008: "President Levin Announces the Yale India Initiative"  
    "The Yale India Initiative promotes the study and teaching of India and South Asia both in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and in the Professional Schools, while also creating a platform for innovative leadership education programs."
  • 2011: The first Librarian for South Asian Studies is hired
    Yale University Library hires a full time South Asian specialist, Sarah Calhoun.
  • 2013: South Asia Collection office moves
    The South Asia Collection office moves from Sterling Memorial Library room 333 to room 210.

Librarian for South Asian Studies

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Sterling Memorial Library, room 210
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International Collections and Research Support

Mail: PO Box 208240
New Haven, CT 06520-8240

Tel: (203) 432-7795
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