This fonds consists of 71 books digitised as part of the EAP127 project. The original materials date from the late 19th century through to the early 21st century (c 1870-c 2005).
Material in this fonds covers a wide range of subjects, typical of Bengali street books: popular literature including ghost stories and abridgements of classic works; guides concerning health and homeopathy; religious texts, rites and plays; books of mythology and magic; educational guides for mathematics, English, Bengali and Hindi; Islamic kissa books; Islamic instructional books; biographies; and poetry.
These books were produced by the following publishers and individuals.
amarendranath das; bangardarshan; Benimadhab Sil's Library; bholanath pustakalya; deb sahitya kutir; Diamond Library; dipika ghosh; dishari; Gaosia Library; Islamia Library; Kamruddin Ahmed; khondakar golam rachul; Madina Book Depot; Modern Homeopathic Publications; nabijiban sangha; natubihari majumbar; Nirmal Book agency; Nirmala Publications; Orient Library; Osmania Library; Pearl Publishers; Purbasha Auddy; radha pustakalay; Raj Library; S. Rahamtullah and Sons; sambhunath banik; sandhya prakashani; sri kajal kumar datta; sriguru pustakalay; suniti kumar parui; sushila pustakalay; swapan publications; tapan pustakalay; Worldlink Publications.
The original material was collected by Arun Ghosh from 2000 onwards, in Kolkata and the surrounding districts. Mr Ghosh owns and holds the original material which forms the basis for this collection.
Although the texts are primarily written in Benglai, occasional items (in whole or part) are written in English or Hindi.