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The East India Company (EIC) was also known as the Honourable East India Company (HEIC) and 'John Company'. It was a joint-stock company that was granted an English Royal Charter on December 31, 1600 by Elizabeth I. The British East India Company started out as a commercial trading venture, but grew in strength and eventually virtually ruled India until the Indian Mutiny in 1857.
- Alphabetical list of Directors of the East India Company from 1758-1858
- A review by Richard Morgan of the book The Chaplains of the East India Company, 1601-1858 by Daniel O’Connor 2012. FIBIS Journal Number 27 (Spring 2012), pages 53-54. For details of how to access this article see FIBIS Journals
- "Sir Thomas Theophilus Metcalfe, Director of the HEIC" by George Buxton FIBIS Journal Number 29 (Spring 2013) pages 49-50. He lived 1745-1813. See FIBIS Journals for details of how to access this article
- East India Company Factories
- East India Company Army
- East India Company Acts of Parliament
- HEIC Early Voyages
- Occupations for information about East India Company employees including
- The Directors of the East India Company, 1754-1790 a PhD thesis by JG Parker 1977. Edinburgh Research Archive
- Records within The National Archives Relating to the East India Company
- Honourable East India Company Wikipedia
- "Unit 2 BRITISH ADMINISTRATION:1757-1858” from the Indira Gandhi National Open University pdf version and html version. This India List post dicusses the "Secret Department" and other Departments,, based on information from the preceding link.
- Poplar High Street [London]: The Church of St Matthias and the East India Company’s Almshouses from British History Online
- London Landmarks with EIC connections theeastindiacompany.com
- East India Company London workers British Library blog Untold Lives 17 October 2011
- The East India Company slaving voyage of Nicholas Skottowe British Library blog Untold Lives 9 January 2012
- The East India Company - a view www.sscnet.ucla.edu
- "Loot: In search of the East India Company" by Nick Robins originally written 2003 corporate-rule.co.uk
- The East India Company: The Company that ruled the waves The Economist 17 December 2011
- This British Raj thread is about the schooling of some HEIC recruits.
- In Our Time - The East India Company. BBC 4 Radio Program presented by Melvyn Bragg.
- Blame the British Raj on bankers: One community played a significant role in helping the British take over the country’s administration by Aakar Patel Friday 6 April 2012. livemint.com
Historical books online
- Annals of the Honorable East-India Company: From Their Establishment by the Charter of Queen Elizabeth, 1600, to the Union of the London and English East-India Companies, 1707-8 by John Bruce (1810). Google Books: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3.
- A Sketch of the History of the East-India company: from its first formation to the passing of the Regulating act of 1773; with a summary view of the changes which have taken place since that period in the internal administration of British India by Robert Grant (1813) Google Books
- An analysis of the constitution of the East-India company, and of the laws passed by Parliament for the government of their affairs, at home and abroad: To which is prefixed, a brief history of the company, and of the rise and progress of the British power in India by Peter Auber (1826). The Appendix contains names of important officials - eg. Governor Generals, Commanders-in Chief of Armies, Members of Council. Google Books
- Supplement to An analysis of the constitution of the East-India Company: and of the laws passed by Parliament for the government of their affairs, at home and abroad : to which is prefixed, a brief history of the Company, and of the rise and progress of the British Power in India by Peter Auber (1828). Covers the period May 1826 to 1828. Google Books
- Descriptive List of Secret Department Records 1784 National Archives of India 1970 Volume 5 Google Books
- Letters Received by the East India Company from Its Servants in the East: transcribed from India Office Records Archive.org
- Volume 1 1602-1613 1896 Volume 2 1613-1615 1897 Volume 3 1615 1899 Volume 4 1616 1900 Volume 5 1617 January to June 1901 Volume 6, 1617 July-December 1902
- The English Factories in India: A Calendar of Documents in the India Office, British Museum and Public Records Office by William Foster Archive.org
- 1618-1621 1906 1622-1623 1908 1624-1629 1909 1630-1633 1910 1634-1636 1911 1637-41 1912 1642-45 1913 1646-1650 1914 1651-1654 1915 1655-1660 1921 1661-1664 1923. Volume 12,1665-1667 and Volume 13,1668-1669 are available to read online on the Digital Library of India website
- Calendar of State Papers, Colonial Series edited by W Noel Sainsbury Archive.org
- Volume 2 East Indies, China and Japan 1513-1616 1862, Volumes 3 and 4: East Indies, China and Japan 1617-1621 and 1622-1624 are not available online, Volume 6 East Indies, China and Persia 1625-1629 1884 Volume 8 East Indies and Persia 1630-1634 1892
- A Calendar of the Court Minutes, Etc. of the East India Company by Ethel Bruce Sainsbury Archive.org
- The early annals of the English in Bengal, being the Bengal public consultations for the first half of the eighteenth century, summarised, extracted, and edited with introductions and illustrative addenda by Charles Robert Wilson Archive.org. Volume 1 1704-1710 1895, Volume 2 Part 1 1711-1717 1900
- Bengal; its Chiefs, Agents, and Governors by Frederick Charles Danvers 1888 Archive.org
- Selections from unpublished records of government for the years 1748-1767 inclusive relating mainly to the social condition of Bengal, with a map of Calcutta in 1784, Volume I by Rev J. Long, member of the Government Record Commission. 1869 Google Books. Index Note: Map not included
- "State of the Company’s Service in 1765"-Lord Clive to the Court of Directors , page 465 from Lives of Indian Officers: Illustrative of the History of the Civil and Military Service of India Volume 1 by John William Kaye (1867) Google Books
- Early revenue history of Bengal, and the Fifth Report, 1812 by Frank David Ascoli 1917 Archive.org
- Treaties and grants from the country powers, to the East India company, respecting their presidency of Fort St. George, Fort-William and Bombay from the year 1756 to 1772 1774 Google Books
- An authentic copy of the correspondence in India: Between the Country Powers and the Honourable the East India Company's Servants : Containing Amongst Many Others the Letters of Governor Hastings...&c, Together with the Minutes of the Supreme Council at Calcutta : the Whole Forming a Collection of the Most Interesting India-papers, which Were Laid Before Parliament in the Session of 1786 Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4, Volume 5, Volume 6
- A collection of treaties, engagements, and sunnuds, relating to India and neighbouring countries, compiled by C U Aitchison Google Books Index Volume 1866.
- Volume 1 Bengal, Burmah and the Eastern Archipelago 1862, Volume 2 The N. W. Provinces, Oudh, Nipal, the Punjab and the States on the Punjab Frontier 1863
- Volume 3 The Peishwa, Nagpore and Bundelcund 1863 Archive.org, Volume 4 Rajpootana, Central India, and Malwa. 1864
- Volume 5 Hyderabad, Mysore, Coorg, the Madras Presidency, and Ceylon 1864, Volume 6 The States within the Bombay Presidency. 1864
- Volume 7 Sindh, Beloochistan, Persia, and Herat; Turkish Arabia and The Persian Gulf; and The Arabian and African Coasts. With a supplement 1865.
- Some later editions are available on the website Archive.org
- Memoir On The Affairs of the East India Company pub J.L.Cox London 1830 - archive.org
- Review of the contest, concerning four new regiments graciously offered by His Majesty to be sent to India on the late apprehension of war, and then, gratefully accepted, by the Court of directors of the East-India company, who, on the change of circumstances, by the re-establishment of peace, have rescinded their resolution of acceptance it appearing the expence, to the East-India company, would be above £50,000 [per] annum more, than a like number of recruits sent to India in the company's service by Alexander Dalrymple 1788 Archive.org
- Chronicles of the East India Company trading to China, 1635 to 1835 by Hosea Ballou Morse 1926 Digital Books from GIPE, Pune. Pdfs to download.
- Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4, Volume 5: Supplementary, 1742-74. Volume 3 is also available to read online on the Digital Library of India website