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14 January 2013

A visit to the British Library

When I mention to friends that I have a new job and explain to them about the Endangered Archives Programme, their initial reaction is one of pure envy as they envisage me jet-setting around the world.  This of course is not the case; I just sit glued to my desk contacting the various grant-holders by email.

So when Mr Ganesan emailed to say he was passing through London and wanted to drop off the hard drive for EAP372, it was a wonderful opportunity to hear first hand of the work being carried out at the Roja Muthiah Research Library and in particular the EAP project of digitising early periodicals and newspapers of Tamilnadu and Pondichery.

Here are a few images from the archive:

Drawing of a woman wearing a sari carrying a bale of straw on her head
This is the cover page to the 1948 publication ‘Ashoka’.

Drawing of girl in uniform riding a bicycle and saying "The cheapest transport today".

An advertisement that can be found inside

Page of a story with a border containing animals and people.

I particularly enjoyed coming across this page from ‘Ciraji’ published in 1949.  I just love all the small characters around the border.


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