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The 1947 Partition Archive

We are a crowdsourced community-based archive and public history organization. We help empower you to document, preserve and share oral histories of Partition witnesses and survivors in your community. Following World War II, the British empire rapidly declined and the year 1947 saw the end of British colonial rule in South Asia. The formation of modern India, Pakistan and Bangladesh (as East Pakistan in 1947) followed, via the Partition of Punjab and Bengal. Partition unfolded chaotically, leading to one of the largest mass refugee crises of the last century, sending ripple effects across the globe. Explore the untold history of Partition through collections you have helped build and preserve. Learn More…

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Embark on a journey through time and experience the poignant narratives of lives forever altered by the 1947 Partition. Millions fled at a moment’s notice, losing everything that they had ever known, and millions lost their lives in the unprecedented communal violence that unfolded.

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10,000 Memories

Based on the first and the largest pan-South Asian oral history survey ever conducted, 10,000 Memories tells the story of Partition, World War II and Independence in the mid-20th century Indian subcontinent through hundreds of individual experiences.

It costs $200 to record, archive, preserve, and share one story.

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The 1947 Partition Archive records life stories shaped by Partition. Witnesses are waiting right now to share their incredible and historic memories. As a monthly  donor, receive update s about the stories your donation preserved.

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Exhibitions & Events

Forgotten frontlines, berkeley, california

Coming this fall to Berkeley in a collaboration between The 1947 Partition Archive and Pacific Attrocities Education – Forgotten

August 31, 2024

Forgotten frontlines, san jose, california

Coming this fall to San Jose in a collaboration between The 1947 Partition Archive and Pacific Attrocities Education – Forgotten

August 17, 2024

10,000 memories, london

A panel discussion and student event commemorating the release of 10,000 Memories, the book.

April 26, 2023

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Junction ‘47

An archivists’ and historians’ blog

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Junction 47 is a dynamic blog under The 1947 Partition Archive, where diverse narratives intersect, fostering

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Junction 47 is a dynamic blog under The 1947 Partition Archive, where diverse narratives intersect, fostering

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Junction 47 is a dynamic blog under The 1947 Partition Archive, where diverse narratives intersect, fostering

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The 1947 Partition Archive is funded by thousands of community members like you, from across the world, who range in age and have contributed gifts of all sizes. As the Archive has grown, it has garnered support from institutional donors as well. Major donors include (in alphabetical order)

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