India’s Cultural Wealth: Image, Audio and Publications, an Open Archive for the People

6:00 pm
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai


The Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation in collaboration with Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India and the UChicago Center in Delhi will be hosting a talk by James Nye on “India’s Cultural Wealth: Image, Audio and Publications, an Open Archive for the People” On July 28th.

The talk will explore the University of Chicago’s sustained and deep connection with the cultural heritage of India – an engagement begun with the University’s founding 125 years ago.  Special emphasis will be given to the University’s library and archive collections as a base for scholarship by researchers, many of whom travel to Chicago to use the resources.  Collaborations with sister institutions in India will be described – engagements that have resulted in preservation of tens of thousands of books and journals, the development of the Digital South Asia Library, and most recently, the South Asia Open Archives initiative as a resource for readers throughout the world.

James Nye is Bibliographer for Southern Asia and Director of the Digital South Asia Library at the University of Chicago. He trained as a classical Indologist with an emphasis on medieval Sanskrit literature. His most recent externally funded projects focus on early gramophone recordings, maps from the colonial Survey of India, dictionaries for South Asian languages, the South Asia Union Catalogue, endangered Urdu periodicals, and nineteen-century postcards from India. He holds graduate degrees from Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has been Chair of the South Asia Microform Project for nine of the past twenty-two years. He recently completed thirteen-years of service as Director of the University’s South Asia Language and Area Center and a three-year term as Director of the South Asia Language Resource Center, both of which are U.S. National Resource Centers.