The aim of the project “Digital Archive of Tamil Agrarian History (1650-1950)” is to create a unique archive of documents of socio-historical relevance to historians, anthropologists, sociologists and linguists.

Most of the documents identified for digitization are destined to disappear in the near future given both the very humid climate of southern India and neglected condition in which they are stored.

These documents, recorded on paper, palm-leaves and copper plates provide a rare and unique opportunity to glimpse a variety of aspects of social history of village life in the more remote parts of the Tamil region at a time when new power structures and social identities were being forged both with and against local traditional feudal systems and British colonial legislations.

Original locations of DATAH collections