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1947 Partition Archive

1947 Partition Archive

Documenting the people’s history of India’s 1947 Partition through a digital platform that crowdsources witness oral histories globally.

Founded: 2011 by Guneeta Singh Bhalla

1947 Partition Archive
  • Program Area

    Education, Arts & Culture, Human Rights
  • Location of Impact

  • Headquarters Location

    Berkeley, California, United States
  • Product Platforms

    Web, Hardware
  • Budget

    $0 to $500,000
  • Founder Demographics

    Female, Racial or Ethnicity Minority

The 1947 Partition Archive began with the need to uncover and understand the missing history of Partition, the legacy of which continues to play out to this day in the form of a heavily militarized nuclear Indo-Pakistani border. The lack of documentation leaves room for demagogues and often politically inspired narratives that seek to retell the history through a biased lens. The solution was to record the stories of those millions who witnessed and experienced Partition, and who now live across the world. The 1947 Partition Archive devised a novel digital platform to crowdsource video-based oral histories directly from those who experienced Partition. Citizen historians from around the world are taught and empowered to record the life stories of Partition witnesses and share them globally.

Funders and Awards

Silicon Valley Community Foundation, California Humanities, National Storytelling Network, ATNT Foundation, Sikh Foundation, over 750 individual donors