Sri Lanka Colonial Records

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Colonial Records from the Portuguese Period (1505–1658)[edit | edit source]

Colonial Records from the Dutch Period (1640–1796)[edit | edit source]

The Dutch colonies in Asia were run by the Dutch East India Company, in Dutch Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC). VOC documents are kept in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom.

Dutch National Archive[edit | edit source]

In the Netherlands the VOC records are kept at the Dutch National Archive (Nationaal Archief) in The Hague. The VOC section is indexed as 1.04 (subsections 1.04.01 to 1.04.23). Most of the records have been digitized into an online database that can be publicly viewed.

TANAP[edit | edit source]

TANAP (Towards A New Age of Partnership in Dutch East India Company Archives and Resarch) seeks to combine all VOC archives globally, providing added context for laypeople, in particular those who don't speak Dutch.

Colonial Records from the British Period (1815–1948)[edit | edit source]

  • Archives of the (British) East India Company (1600-1858)
  • Archives of the Board of Control or Board of Commissioners for the Affairs of India (1784-1858)
  • Archives of the India Office (1858-1947)
  • The India Office Private Papers

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