About the Southern Asia Collection
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The Urdu Research Centre Preservation Project
The aim of this project is to preserve and to make accessible the private collection of Mr. Abdus Samad Khan, an outstanding library of Urdu books, manuscripts, and periodicals.
The collection was purchased and housed in the Sundarayya Vignana Kendram in Hyderabad in 1996. The collection will be preserved on microfilm, and film copies made available to participating U.S. libraries through the Center for Research Libraries. The paper collection will remain in India.
*For information on the collaborating institutions which have made this project possible, see Consortia*
Search the Urdu Research Centre catalog.
See the list of major Urdu journals held at the Urdu Research Centre.
Mr. Samad Khan's library is widely considered one of the world's finest for early Urdu periodicals and printed books. Most imprints date from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The Urdu Research Centre includes an important collection of monographs. Rare titles address such topics as:
The collection of late nineteenth and early twentieth century Urdu periodicals is unrivalled. Many rare journals are available only at the Urdu Research Centre.
*For more about the Urdu Research Centre Preservation Project and Collection, see the Digital South Asia Library website*
*Read a description of the Urdu Research Centre collection in the words of the collector*