Primary Sources: The Times of India (1838-2005)

The Library has recently acquired the historic newspaper The Times of India. Originally founded in 1838 as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce (1838-1859), it became the Bombay Times and Standard (1860-1861) after merging with two other popular newspapers. After another merger in 1861, it was renamed The Times of India (1861-present).

The searchable database includes content from 1838-2005.

Resource Trial: The Times of India (1838-2001)

The Library has arranged a trial of The Times of India (1838-2001), an English daily newspaper that was founded in 1838 to serve British residents of West India. As described in the promotional materials, the resource “serves researchers interested in studying colonialism and post-colonialism, British and world history, class and gender issues, international relations, comparative religion, international economics, terrorism, and more.”

Like other full text newspapers we purchase through ProQuest, this resource is searchable by keyword, article types, dates and date ranges, and author. It provides access to all of the newspaper’s contents: articles, photos, advertisements, marriage announcements, cartoons, obituaries, etc.

While the trial is active, you can also access The Times of India through our subscription to Historical Newspapers (ProQuest). At the top of the search screen click on the “Searching: 7 databases” link and select the newspaper from the list that appears in the pop-up window.

The trial runs through March 26, 2013. Your comments on the resource are welcome. You can leave them here or send them to me at