Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: Research and Writings on India, 1922-2014

36 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Series 1 contains Granville Austin's research and writings on India since its independence from Britain—specifically, on the framing of its Constitution and on the workings of the Constitution as it neared its fiftieth anniversary.

The bulk of the material in this series, and in the collection as a whole, consists of research material for Working a Democratic Constitution: A History of the Indian Experience, but some files relate to Austin's earlier work, The Indian Constitution: Cornerstone of a Nation,. Research material for the second book may overlap with that for the first book, Some material in this series post-dates publication of Working a Democratic Constitution, but pertains to the same subject—clippings on Indian elections between 2007 and 2009, for instance.

Work on Working a Democratic Constitution took place from around 1988 to the book's first publication in 1999, and continued through the publication of a second edition in 2003. The files reflect Austin's research style and process, as well as the help of research assistants and Austin's wife Nancy. These research files include notebooks Austin kept to document some of his interviews, questions, records of meetings, names and addresses of sources, and to-do lists. Austin's notebooks also include historical chronologies and lists of requests from libraries and archives. The papers also include Austin's correspondence in the service of research.

Most of the research files are copies of published articles or book excerpts that Austin collected and often annotated, along with a few original pamphlets and booklets, such as Communist Party publications from the 1970s and 1980s, and installations of The Alladi Diary by Alladi Ramakrishnan. The collection includes publications of the Indian government, such as reports and transcripts of Commissions of Inquiry, reports of the National Police Commission, the Code of Civil Procedure, directories and biographies of Indian government officials.

Austin kept lists of his subject files on India (two lists, one dated 1991, appear in Box 33). Some, but not all of those files are represented in the collection.


Materials remain in their original physical order as received from the donor.

Collection History


Approximately four linear feet of maps were separated to Princeton University Library's Maps and Geospatial Information Center.

Four boxes containing household address books, material relating to Austin's 2008 memoir Retrieving Times, and clippings from American newspapers (most relating to the Middle East) and photocopies of books were returned to the donor.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Phoebe Nobles in February 2017 and June 2018.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Series 1: Research and Writings on India; Granville Austin Papers, MC287, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Boxes 1-3; 5-6; 8; 10-15; 17-40

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