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What is the East India Company database?
The East India Company database is a unique collection of digitised India Office Records held by the British Library. Comprising of over 1.2 million pages of content, the collection on this database represents only a portion of what is contained at its archives.
It charts the history of British trade and rule in the Indian subcontinent and beyond from 1595 to 1947, including political, social and economic influences. It includes royal charters, correspondence, trading diaries, council meeting minutes, reports from expeditions and more.
It is excellent for accessing primary source documents, and is useful to teachers, students, researchers, historians and family history researchers.
The State Library of NSW's subscription only covers Module 1: Trade, Governance and Empire, 1600-1947 of the three modules available on this database. For example you can access:
- A defence agreement between the British government and the government of Burma (1947)
- An address to Queen Victoria from Indians in London, assuring her of the allegiance of her Indian subjects and deploring the events of the Mutiny (1857)
You can also search, browse or compare markets, commodities, imports and exports in the data visualisation feature.
How to access
This eresource is also available outside of the Library, however you must be a New South Wales resident and have a current Library card.