DatasetAbstract: The IOR/E/4 Correspondence with India comprises 1112 volumes dating from 1703-1858. The material is arranged into eight series: four series of letters received by the Court of Directors from the administration in India; and four series of dispatches sent by the Court to the same administrations. Subject, name and place access for the dispatches to India is provided through 72 index volumes, catalogued as IOR/Z/E/4, which contain around 430,000 entries. The original indexes were produced between 1901 and 1929 by the staff of the Secretarial Bureau, led by indexing pioneer Mary Petherbridge. When these index entries came to be converted to the British Library archives catalogue in the early 2010s, a decision was made that entries were to be child items of the index volumes themselves, with related correspondence volumes and page ranges entered as a text string in the Related Material field. This made it difficult to determine the contents of particular volumes, and to identify incomplete references. Using Python and the Pandas library information in the Related Material fields has been separated out, and entries re-written so that each individual index entry and correspondence volume reference occupies a single row. This work was undertaken as part of a work-based project for the post-graduate certificate in Data Science for Information Professionals at Birkbeck University.
India Office Library and Records; British Library; Hailey, Alex
DatasetAbstract: The India Office Lists are annual reference works giving details of departments and post holders in: the India Office, London, 1858-1947; the Burma Office, 1935-47; the Government of India, Calcutta, later Delhi, 1858-1947; the main provincial administrations of Bengal, Bombay and Madras and minor administrations for the same dates. From 1886, brief ‘Who’s Who’ biographies are included for senior post-holders. The Lists include military personnel until 1899, when a separate Indian Army List was begun. The Lists were digitised in 2014 with funding from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. There are two copies of each List in the British Library holdings. One set can be found in the India Office Records under references IOR/V/6/125-247; the other set is available on the Open Access shelves in the Asian and African Studies Reading Room at reference OIR 354.54. For conservation reasons, the OIR 354.54 copies were used for digitisation in the first instance, with IOR/V volumes used when pages were discovered to be damaged or missing. The physical volumes contain large numbers of advertisements which for copyright reasons were not included in the 2014 digitisation. The Lists are Public Domain.
DatasetAbstract: Annual administration reports of the territories of British India for the following areas: Government of India 1870-1871; Government of Bengal, 1871-1936 ; Government of Burma, 1872-1899 ; Chin Hills, 1909-1923; Shan and Karenni States, 1889. For researchers seeking an overview of events and developments in the territories of British India from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, the annual reports of the provincial administrations are a key source. Aimed at both the general reader and the specialist, the reports address the business of government in all its internal affairs: politics, legislation, the police, finance, trade, agriculture, industry, the press, public health, public works, and education. Accounts of the year’s events are supplemented by statistics, maps and plans, while the larger context is provided by the inclusion, every tenth year, of a geographical and historical survey of the region in question. This selection of reports from the Official Publications series, IOR/V/10, were digitised from microfilm as part of the World Collections Programme. The materials are in the Public Domain.