The Hiteshranjan Sanyal Memorial Archive is a huge collection of textual and visual materials mainly focused on colonial Bengal. Starting in 1993, the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC) has undertaken the task of microfilming and digitising a huge amount of textual sources, including all the major journals of colonial Bengal. This unique collection also extends to rare Bengali books, Assamese journals and books, as well as visual art and popular culture (such as specimens of historical Bengali advertising).
In the course of a Memorandum of Understanding between the CSSSC and the South Asia Institute at Heidelberg University, the textual part of this collection is from now on going to be made available on CrossAsia-Repository. This is hoped to be a significant step towards facilitating access to these materials and thereby stimulating further research.