A glimpse into the history of the Indian Subcontinent

The Library of Birmingham holds many important documents including this “Life of Gandhi” the “Father of modern India”

The Iron Room

Photograph of Gandhi and title page in Mahatma: Life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi by Dinanath Gopal Tendulkar (Ref 954.03 GAN)

The Library of Birmingham has a large collection of books in the Black History Collection relating to the history of the Indian Subcontinent, including the South Asian countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The majority of the materials are held in Archives & Collections. An initial open access area for this collection is near the map cabinets within the Heritage Research Area, where customers can read the books as reference material. Further books from this collection can be requested for reference from the “stacks”.

The collections policy underpinning the purpose of the Black History Collection can be found by clicking here. Built up over a number of years, the collection consists of many rare books, covering a broad range of subjects such as the births of…

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