By Merrill Stein
The Times of India (1838–2010) (ProQuest Historical Newspapers), reported by some, as the world’s most widely circulated English daily newspaper, was founded in 1838 to serve British residents of West India. This subscription provides access to all available issues of The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce (1838–1859), The Bombay Times and Standard (1860–1861), and The Times of India (1861–2010).
Researchers can use the historical newspaper in studying topics, such as colonialism and post-colonialism, nationalism, biography, British and world history, class and gender issues, business, international relations, comparative religion, international economics, terrorism, cultural studies, and communication. Additionally, coverage of sports, the growing Indian film industry, and other stories of everyday life are available.
For a research example from the Times of India (1838–2010) (ProQuest Historical Newspapers), try examining the 1857 Sepoy Mutinies or “disaffection,” that lead to the last the Mughal Emperor being deposed and direct governance of India by the British. View events as they occurred and in retrospect at 100 and 150 years later.
- SPIRIT OF THE INDIAN PRESS: THE DISTURBANCES AT BARRACKPORE. (1857, Mar 03). The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce (1838-1859)
- (1957, May 14). THROUGH INDIAN EYES: SOME REFLECTIONS ON THE GREAT REVOLT. The Times of India (1861-Current)
- Sen, R. (2007, Jan 26). 150 years later: Locating 1857 in the nationalist narrative. The Times of India (1861-Current)
- India, Raj and Empire (Adam Matthew Digital) – Notebook containing a typescript account, made by the 10th Marquess of Tweeddale in 1907, of ‘The So-called Panic at Simla – May 1857’
The Times of India (1838–2010) (ProQuest Historical Newspapers) and the India, Raj and Empire (Adam Matthew Digital) are available on Falvey Library’s Databases A-Z list. All versions of the Times of India can also be found by searching Falvey Library’s Journal and Article Finder.
Merrill Stein is Political Science Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.