South Asia Open Archives (SAOA)
Primary sources

Key historical and contemporary sources in arts, humanities and social sciences, from and about South Asia, in English and other languages of the region. SAOA's collection currently contains hundreds of thousands of pages of books, journals, newspapers, census data, magazines, and documents, with particular focus on social & economic history, literature, women & gender, and caste & social structure. SAOA is the product of a collaborative initiative of a broad consortium of 26 current member research libraries in South Asia and around the world. Administratively hosted by the Center for Research Libraries, and working in collaboration with the South Asia Materials Project in partnership with JSTOR/Ithaka.


Alternate names

SAOA, South Asia materials project.

Content type

Primary sources



Open access



Anthropology, General & Multidisciplinary, History - Asia, Sociology