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Trial access to East India Company primary source collection from Adam Matthew

By Sarah Gilmore, on 2 February 2018

UCL has trial access to East India Company primary source collection until 30th March 2018. For off-site access please use Desktop@UCL Anywhere.

From its 16th century origins as a trading venture to the East Indies, through to its rise as the world’s most powerful company and de facto ruler of India, to its eventual demise amid allegations of greed and corruption the East India Company was an extraordinary force in global history. The East India Company primary source collection tells the story of trade with the East; politics; and the rise and fall of the British Empire. It records the challenges of a globalising world and sheds light on many contrasting narratives – from records of powerful political figures, through to the lives of native populations and the individual traders who lived and worked at the edge of Empire.

Covering the period 1595-1947 content includes:

  • Minutes of council meetings (Court of Directors, Court of Proprietors and Council of India)
  • Memoranda and papers laid before councils
  • Council resolutions
  • Proceedings of revenue boards
  • Charters
  • Texts of legislation
  • Printed books
  • Correspondence
  • Lists of administrative, military and ecclesiastical personnel
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