[Important update on the 6th of June 2011. There are two major sources for South Asia ephemera or pamphlets- Library of Congress database and Duke University Inventory of South Asian Pamphlets Collection. The Duke Collection covers 7500 English pamphlets from 1920-2005, while the LC database consists of 1851 sets of topical grouped titles, dating mainly from 1986. There is some overlap, and there are gaps held by neither. The Duke collection lacks non-English materials and a small number of English materials, and the LC database has hardly any pre-1986 materials. How to remedy these gaps?]
The New Delhi Library of Congress has a database for the ephemeral publications they have produced on microfiche. You can search for the microfiched titles in that database
As an example, here is a search result from
"Castes in India, Part 1":
Also the Center for Research Libraries scans content from LC fiche in response to scholar requests. An example can be seen here:
Here are two documents on this 1) A short bilbiography and 2) a spreadsheet with further information
RefWorks version http://bit.ly/SAephemera
or PDF http://bit.ly/SAepehmPDF
or WorldCat SA Ephemera References
PDF - OCLC spreadsheet
What might we do to further enhance access and use of this collection? Perhaps 1) digitize the pamphlets and 2) catalog the individual pamphlet titles.
2) Cataloging the titles would further enhance access to the pamphlets in this large collection. Already the microform sets contain table of contents of the alphabetized titles. It would be a matter of making a searchable master list tied to the microform sets. If the collection was digitized, those titles could also be linked to the master list or cataloged separately.
Both projects (digitization and cataloging) may take a considerable amount of time and efforts from several library staff members. If anyone has sugguests or proposals for these projects, please let us know.