Sharmin Khodaiji (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

Dhananjayrao Gadgil Library
Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune

The current library of the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics (GIPE) was established in 1905, jointly with the library of the Servants of India Society, formed in Pune. Gokhale Institute was later instituted in 1930 on the same premises, being one of the first research institutions devoted to the study of Indian economic conditions, initially affiliated to Bombay University (now Mumbai University). Its first Director was D.R. Gadgil, under whose supervision some of the earliest PhDs were written from Bombay University. The library was later renamed as the Dhananjayrao Gadgil Library.

The history of the institution contributes to the wide array of materials available at the library, with access to rare books in economics and other social sciences, journals, government reports etc., making it a vital resource for economic historians and historians of economic thought. Visiting the library itself is useful but prior to that it is worth browsing through the digital repository, which has a vast collection of the library’s holdings, especially of texts written before 1950 and many government reports. The library staff also encourages researchers to visit the digital repository, and even more so when it comes to accessing older books and reports. GIPE has digitized almost all the texts it possesses of G.K. Gokhale, M.G. Ranade, Dadabhai Naoroji, D.R. Gadgil, and many texts written by economists of early-twentieth century India such as V.G. Kale, Radhakamal Mukherjee, C.N. Vakil and several others. The library has digitized the consolidated lists of some of their holdings, such as the list of reports of committees and commissions, list of journals etc. Aside from Indian authors, the library holds books on political economy by authors who are part of the established canon, and books on the history of economic thought published during the early-twentieth century. Some books on Soviet economics have also been made available for download.

The Gokhale Institute, with the support of the Indian Council for Social Science Research, had published a five-volume Annotated Bibliography on the Economic History of India (1500 A.D. to 1947 A.D.). These volumes provide a list of survey and settlement reports, gazetteers, acts and regulations, British Parliamentary papers, reports of committees and commissions, census reports, serials, books, articles and theses. All the volumes of the annotated bibliography are available for download from the GIPE digital repository and can be accessed at the library as well. The library also possesses Indian Census Reports from 1891 onwards, Imperial Gazetteers published around 1880 and a few British Parliamentary Proceedings.

The library houses a significant collection of journals and back issues of some of the older journals. It contains the entire series of the Indian Journal of Economics from 1916 onwards, Journal of Political Economy from the late-nineteenth century onwards, the Quarterly Journal of Economics from 1886 onwards, issues of the Mahratta (or Maratha) newspaper, and several other periodicals on trade statistics in India and abroad. These journals have not been digitized except for the Quarterly Journal of the Poona Sarvajanik Sabha, established in 1878, and its series is available for download. Additionally, the library has digitized the publications that come out from the institute, including studies, surveys, and all the back issues of Artha Vijnana, the official journal of GIPE. Marathi texts and journals are also quite prominent in the library, with several of these available for download. The Marathi weekly journal, Artha, is available on the digital repository starting from 1936 as the date of issue.

January 2018