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College of Arts and Sciences
Department of South Asia Regional Studies Records, ca. 1940 - 1990

UPB 1.9 SA

40 Cubic ft.
Prepared by Robert Nichols
September 1992

Access to collections is granted in accordance with the Protocols for the University Archives and Records Center.

Note that the Protocols for the University Archives and Records Center stipulate that "individual education records of living students or living former students, as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974," are closed "unless the student or former student grants access in writing."

INTRODUCTION

The University of Pennsylvania Archives hold documents detailing the 20th century development of South Asia studies in the United States. Two categories of Penn related papers are in the Archives.

The Department of South Asia Regional Studies dates to a preliminary summer program in 1947 and a full program of study initiated in 1949-50. This collection, the Department of South Asia Regional Studies Records, consists of materials dating from the 1940s to the 1980s. Administrative files include grant and Foundation paperwork, student and faculty records, South Asia Seminar documents, and routine yearly budgets.

The second group of documents relating to the development of South Asia studies is the collection of personal papers of Professor W. Norman Brown (1892-1975), eminent Sanskritist and organizer of the first South Asia area studies program in the U.S. These papers include personal and scholarly correspondence, lecture notes, drafts and completed papers, and materials related to research, archeology, travel, and government service.