A Union Catalogue for South Asia
The Sundarayya Vignana Kendram has received a generous grant of $90,000 from the New Delhi office of the Ford Foundation in April 2004 supporting the inauguration of the South Asia Union Catalogue. Full text of the proposal is available as a PDF file at http://dsal.uchicago.edu/csal/sauc/sauc.pdf. This project will be for a period of three years: April 2004 to March 2007. The Co-Principal Investigators are: Dr. Atlury Murali, Trustee, Sundarayya Vignana Kendram and James Nye, Bibliographer for Southern Asia,
The grant given to the Sundarayya Vignana Kendram, duely approved by the Government of India is to improve the production, distribution, and consumption of scholarship about South Asia through improved access to bibliographic and holding information for all publications from South Asia. The first phase of the Union Catalogue will focus on publications from south India and Sri Lanka. Publications in all modern and classical languages will be encompassed.
In 2004, The Universtiy of Chicago will be hosting a searchable database of the first half million catalog records. Much of the bibliographic data has been provided by the Library of Congress, the South Asia Microform Project at the Center for Research Libraries, the Roja Muthiah Research Library, the Sundarayya Vignana Kendram and the University of Chicago Library's Southern Asia Department.
The Sahitya Akademi (New Delhi, India) undertook a pilot project in 1993 for a Catalogue of Nineteenth-Century Indian Publications. Mr. K. C. Dutt's report on that project includes information that was critically important in planning the South Asia Union Catalogue.