South Asians in North America collection
(formerly known as the Hindustan Gadar Collection)

The Hindustan Gadar party, active in the early decades of the 20th century, was based in the San Francisco Bay Area and the San Joaquin Valley. The building that housed Gadar headquarters, located at 5 Wood Street in San Francisco, was torn down in the 1950s, but has now been replaced by the Gadar Memorial. Most accounts of the Gadar Party cover the span of years from 1913-1917, beginning with the arrival of Lala Har Dayal, a visiting professor at Stanford University who was the central figure of the movement, and ending with the San Francisco conspiracy trial in 1917.

Gadar means "revolution" and the movement hoped to achieve the overthrow of British rule and the establishment of Indian independence. The South Asians in North America Collection at UC Berkeley, the largest on the Gadar Party in the United States, includes publications from the movement as well as related publications from India and Canada on social and political reform. These items are housed in UC's Bancroft Library.

South Asians in North America collection, 1899-1974.
Description 20 boxes, 1 volume, 1 oversize folder unit B. PARTIALLY RESTRICTED COLLECTION: Use only by permission of the appropriate curator. Inquiries concerning these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library. Materials in boxes 13-20 are extremely fragile. Use BANC FILM 2950: reel 1 Boxes 13-14; reel 2 Boxes 15-16; reel 3: Boxes 17-18; reel 4 Boxes 19-20.
BANC MSS 2002/78 cz
Non-circulating; may be used only in The Bancroft Library

Documents of the pro-Indian independence political group, Hindustan Gadar Party, headquartered in Calif. in the early 20th century, and other pro-Indian independence materials. Includes newspapers, pamphlets, correspondence, photographs, interviews on cassette tapes with transcripts, posters, handbills, magazine articles (original and photocopies), lectures, theses, bibliographies and revolutionary poems. Photoprints and negatives transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 2002.183). Language of documents primarily in: Bengali, English, Hindi, Panjabi, and Urdu.

A temporary finding aid to the collection is available online. A detailed list of items in the collection along with an essay on the Gadar movement by Mark Juergensmeyer can be found in South Asians in North America: an Annotated and Selected Bibliography (E183.8.A12 S68 1988 with copies in SSEA, MAIN, DREF, MREF). For additional citations, see Gadar Party: a bibliography.

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