The Center for Art & Archeology

One of two scholarly research centers supported by the American Institute for Indian Studies, the Center for Art & Archaeology (CA&A) is devoted to documenting India’s rich visual traditions.

The AIIS Center for Art and Archaeology (CA&A), established in 1965, is an international leader in the documentation of Indic art and architecture. Located in Gurugram, the CA&A welcomes scholars and students to the Archive and Library, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm [click here for directions ]. An online presence, the Virtual Museum of Images and Sounds  featuring collections of the CA&A and the Archives and Research Center for Ethnomusicology (ARCE), is currently under development. An extensive collection of images from the CA&A collection is available at Artstor and the Digital South Asia Library.

The CA&A Archive documents and maintains images and architectural plans for more than 7000 monuments and ancient buildings. These resources have been primarily created by CA&A professional staff and include some contributed by research scholars. The Archive holds photography and papers of leaders in the field including Fredrick and Catherine Asher, Carmel Berkson, Grace Morley and Walter Spink. In addition, the Archive houses surveys of 350 museum collections in India, the results of documentation projects, some also commissioned and funded by the Government of India and carried out by CA&A staff.

In total, the CA&A houses more than 2,00,000 images of Indic art and architecture. A comprehensive digitization project is currently in progress, generously supported by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Digital images from this collection are available for scholarly publications. For more information about permissions see: Permissions & Images for Works by Artists from India (address inquiries to

The CA&A also maintains a Library that stands among the finest collections on Indian art history in the subcontinent. This open-stack facility houses 75,000 books, journals and maps. The bibliographic catalog is available online.

Contact Information:

The Center for Art & Archaeology

22, Sector-32, Institutional Area Gurugram-122 001 Haryana

Telephone: 91-124-2381424 or 91-124-2381536 Fax: 91-124-2380843


Contact: Dr. Vandana Sinha, Director