Endangered Archives


EAP636: Creating a digital archive of Indian Christian manuscripts

Portuguese rule in Goa bequeathed a vibrant Catholic community and a rich legacy of Christian texts in Indian vernacular languages. These texts remain scattered: in state or church archives or in private family collections, or worse, they are forgotten or lost in catalogued collections, remaining invisible to scholars and those interested in the history of Christianity in India. This accounts in part for the relative scholarly neglect of this religious tradition in India. In addition, this heritage of texts, dating back to the late sixteenth century, is in grave danger of being lost altogether due to uncertain archival conditions and poor preservation. The goal of this project is therefore two-pronged: firstly, to identify and locate Christian manuscripts in the Konkan region of Marāṭhi and Kōṅkaṇī in state, church, private institutional and family collections, and secondly to start digitising some Indian Christian texts.

The core of this project will be a textual tradition centred in what used to be the troublesome border province of Salcete in the old conquests in Goa, where the Jesuit order made a concerted effort to accommodate local cultural and literary traditions in Marāṭhi and Kōṅkaṇī. Collecting various versions of Christian manuscripts is imperative to gain a better understanding of the process of conversion to Catholicism in early modern India. While hitherto undocumented manuscripts are still to be found, previous independent efforts to locate and catalogue these manuscripts are an important basis for the project, such as those by Fr. Ivo Coelho documenting important primary and secondary sources for the history of Indian Christianity. The project will focus primarily on private, family and church collections.


EAP636/5: Books from the library of Xavier Centre of Historical Research

The project involved digitizing a few books among those at the library of the Xavier Centre of Historical Research. Equipment was moved to Xavier Centre and digitization was executed there.

EAP636/5/49: La Vieille-Goa [1931]

Extent: 196 tiff files
Level: File
Scope and Content: "The book describes the city of Old Goa, with a historical overview of the city, the accounts of travellers, with notes on St. Francis Xavier, and an archaelogical sketch of the city. Bound book (original cover missing). Published by Jaime Rangel. 321 pages. Various Authors. Owner: Various Authors. Printed at Typographia Rangel, Bastora"
Language(s) French
Script(s) Latin
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