About this Guide
This guide will point you to some historical and cultural materials related to the times and events in Rushdie's Midnight's Children. Use the links below to explore the different types of material available on this page. If you have questions, please contact Patrick (information in the column on the right).
Print Materials in the Collection
Colorful, illustrated annual news summaries from the Times of India. Available for 1928, 1934, 1937-1938, 1949-1966, 1970-1973, 1975, 1977-1979.
Bird-2nd Floor: OVERSIZE DS401 .T55
Hindustan Yearbook & Who's Who
Bird-2nd Floor: DS401 .H5
1981 - 1993
Bird-2nd Floor: DS414.2 .I53
Primary Documents and Film
Materials in this list are available electronically-- the first two items are SU Library-licensed databases, and the films from Archive.org are freely available online. Search Archive.org for more images and videos.
Search for India and limit to 20th Century for relevant primary documents in this British historical collection. Covers up to 1969.
India, Raj, and Empire
Drawing upon the manuscript collections of the National Library of Scotland, this searchable online resource provides access to digital facsimiles of diaries and journals, official and private papers, letters, sketches, paintings and original Indian documents containing histories and literary works. The collection documents the relationship between Britain and India in an empire where the Scots played a central role as traders, generals, missionaries, viceroys, governor-generals and East India Company officials. The dates of the documents range from 1710 to 1937.
From Archive.org's Cultural and Academic Film series:
Watson Kintner's mid-century films of India
Filmmaker Watson Kintner traveled to India in the 1950s and shot dozens of short films documenting the cultural and historical landscape of the country.
Other Electronic Collections
These links point you to additional India-related archives, collections, and guides online.
The Digital South Asia Archive
Images from the collections of the University of Chicago.
South Asia Resource Access on the Internet Culture of South Asia - Past and Present
Links to online collections and exhibits focused on South Asia.