American Institute of Indian Studies

Male Head, Garbhagrha (Sanctum), Tala, Bilaspur, Madhya Pradesh, India

The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) has contributed more than 64,000 images to the Artstor Digital Library. 

The images have been selected from the AIIS Photo Archive, which is housed in the Center for Art and Archaeology in Gurgaon, Haryana, India. The Photo Archive consists of more than 200,000 photographs, slides, architectural drawings, and site plans. Subjects include stone, metal, and terracotta sculpture, numismatics, painting, manuscripts and miniature paintings, as well as Buddhist, Jain, Hindu, and Islamic architecture. These images document a range of visual traditions from South Asian art and architecture, proceeding from general views to details, including thousands of sites, as well as museum collections. A significant portion of the archive is available online through the Digital South Asia Library

The AIIS is a consortium of universities and colleges in the United States devoted to teaching and research on India. Since 1961, the AIIS has provided support to thousands of scholars and creative artists, resulting in publications in disciplines ranging from anthropology to zoology. In addition to a fellowship program, the AIIS offers advanced training at Language Centers throughout India, and extends knowledge of Indian culture through its two research centers in Gurgaon, each with extensive libraries and archives: The Archives and Research Center for Ethnomusicology (ARCE), and The Center for Art and Archaeology (CA&A).