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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*

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See the list of major Urdu journals held at the Urdu Research Centre.

The Collection
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:
* History: the Qutb Shahi dynasty and the rule of the Nizams, including government gazettes, court records, and histories of official service; Muslims in India; and the partition of India;
* Language and literature: the development of the Urdu language; tazkiras (prose works on Urdu poets); studies in Urdu of traditional grammar and phonetics; and more than 2,500 volumes of Urdu poetry;
* Religious studies: all aspects of Islam, as well as Urdu publications on Hinduism, Christianity, and Jainism;
* Biography and autobiography: of major and minor figures from South Asia and elsewhere in the world.

The collection of late nineteenth and early twentieth century Urdu periodicals is unrivalled. Many rare journals are available only at the Urdu Research Centre.