As one of the three constituent pillars of the MIDA research portal, the “Thematic Resources” establish connections between the MIDA Archival Reflexicon and database. They present users with sources on India in German archives that are not displayed in the project’s database, therein supplementing its archival “raw data”.
This information, primarily presented in the form of comprehensive lists that are derived from sources housed in several archives and collections, is often in dialogue with entries to be found in the Archival Reflexicon. One illustrative example is the list of sources from the Heidrich Papers located in the archive of Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin and the Archival Reflexicon entry which offers a meta-reflection on the process of tracing, indexing and enlisting such sources. As a connecting bridge among the three constitutive pillars of the research portal, Thematic Resources thus provide a complementary pool of background sources and also enable a comprehensive overview of sources on specific topics.
The listed information on archival sources results from individual MIDA research projects and the team’s collaborative work with associated partners. The primary aim is to present overviews of sources on India-Germany entanglements or sources related to modern Indian history in German archives on specific themes (for example, successfully completed dissertations on India submitted at German universities). At the same time, these entries also offer the possibility for enlisting varied kinds of sources, for example, India related sound files in the Lautarchiv of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin or India related newsreels in the Progress Archives located in Berlin.
Thus, the MIDA research portal, and the Thematic Resources in particular, produce the possibility for the ongoing usage of a variety of data from across the German archival landscape. Any comments and suggestions from our users are very welcome! You can reach out to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org