Note on the research notes available in Professor Chatterjee's collection from Richard Williams. King's College, London
I visited the Pennsylvania State University in April 2014 to examine Prof. Chatterjee's research notes and unpublished papers. Aside from the notebooks and sources that fed into her well-known books and articles, Prof. Chatterjee had accumulated new material relating to several avenues of groundbreaking research, especially in relation to seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Bengal. Browsing through the boxes and folders, I leafed through her insights and research questions, as she formulated a pioneering social history of the Bengali language, and prepared detailed studies in religious history and Mughal culture. Along with her own notes are numerous photocopies of fairly obscure Bengali and Persian texts, both primary sources and secondary literature that is just as difficult to track down today. This is a very significant and extensive collection, and will be of enormous assistance to scholars of early modern north India.