New Primary Resources to Further South Asian Research

collection images of Global Commodities, Church Missionary Society Periodicals, Migration to New Worlds, and Eighteenth Century Journals from Adam Matthew

We are pleased to announce the addition of four new resources of interest to South Asian Studies: Church Missionary Society Periodicals, Eighteenth Century Journals, Global Commodites, and Migration to New Worlds. Please read the following descriptions. We hope you enjoy exploring these new resource!

Church Missionary Society Periodicals

This collection spans the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries of Christian missionary periodicals, specifically publications by the Church Missionary Society (CMS), the South American Missionary Society and the Church of England Zenana Missionary Society (CEZMS). These publications were a key method of communication between the mission field and those families, individuals, and churches supporting Christian missionary work. Considering the impact these missionaries and communications made on both the cultures from whence they came and among which they lived, these periodicals can provide an interesting look into the historical and cultural changes during this time.

You can read more about Church Missionary Society Periodicals here,

Or you can access Church Missionary Society Periodicals through IUCAT here.

Eighteenth Century Journals

Through this collection, one can access periodicals published between 1685 and 1835, which are organized into five modules. Eighteenth Century Journals would be of interest to those studying the histories of publishing, politics, economics, and more. Module III would probably be of the most interest to those studying South Asia; it focuses on periodicals published outside of London, including a number of Indian publications.

You can read more about Eighteenth Century Journals here,

You can access Eighteenth Century Journals through IUCAT here,

Or you can jump directly to the list of links to Indian periodicals here, though it may require signing in with your IU username and passcode.

Global Commodities

This collection provides access to primary sources documenting the history of fifteen commodities that hugely affected the course of history across the globe through their effects on cultural norms, international relations, and societal structures. These sources come from various libraries, companies, and trade organizations around the world. The fifteen commodities are (in alphabetical order): chocolate, coffee, cotton, fur, opium, oil, porcelain, silver and gold, spices, sugar, tea, timber, tobacco, wheat, and wine and spirits.

You can read more about Global Commodities here.

Or you can access Global Commodities through IUCAT here.

Migration to New Worlds

This is a collection of primary sources covering approximately 350 years of migration from Europe and Asia to the New World and Australasia. This covers not only mass emigration of people from their homeland (e.g., Indian indentured workers shipped off to serve on plantations), but also some people’s remigration. Sources include diaries, letters, oral histories, government papers, maps.

You can read more about Migration to New Worlds here.

Or you can access Migration to New Worlds through IUCAT here.


These four collections are held by Adam Matthew Digital. If you would like more information about Adam Matthew, check out their about page here. You can search all their collections using Adam Matthew Explorer. Other collections to which we already have access through Adam Matthew include Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 1947-1980, and India, Raj and Empire (the links will take you to the IUCAT records).

If you're looking for more primary sources, see the list of all our databases containing primary sources here.


Happy researching!

- Hannah Carter


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