This list contains detailed information regarding all India-related sound recordings and documents in the Lautarchiv of the Humboldt University, Berlin. The list was compiled during the incorporation of the archive into the MIDA database.
Due to the historic, political and scientific context in which these recordings were made, the original focus of the documentation negates the individuality of the speaker. Most of them were Prisoners of War (PoW) in German camps during the First World War. The Lautarchiv is therefore considered a ‘sensitive collection’ (See the MIDA-Reflexicon article by Jürgen‑K. Mahrenholz). To counteract this objectification, the items of the list in the PDF version were sorted alphabetically by name of (main) speaker/singer. To enable further forms of presentation (i.e. chronologically by date of recording, sorted by language), a sortable Excel list is also available for download.
The language descriptions given in the list were extracted from the title of the recording and (where necessary) from the inscription on the sound carrier. In some instances, the language actually spoken in the recording might differ.
The conservation status of the physical sound carrier is not contained in this list, since the whole remaining collection is available as digital copy (.wav / .mp3) at the archive itself. If work on the physical sound carrier is required, it is advisable to check the condition of the medium in the archive’s database.
The date is displayed in the format YYYY-MM-DD.