National Archives seeks private collections

July 5th, 2010 - 10:03 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 5 (IANS) The National Archives of India Monday urged private collectors to donate collections of papers that have a bearing on Indian history and culture.
In a statement, the ministry of culture said it would “duly acknowledge, list and preserve all such papers available for consultation for scholars and users of the archives”.

The National Archives of India has a very rich collection of private papers of eminent Indians which have been acquired through gifts and donation.

They include the papers of Mahatma Gandhi, G.K. Gokhale, Dadabhai Naoroji, M.R. Jayakar, Sarojini Naidu and others.

Over the last three decades, the National Archives of India has been bringing out guides or lists of various types of archival materials in its custody to enable researchers to find papers they are looking for.

The papers on Mahatma Gandhi that are of historical importance consist of his correspondence with various people and documents relating to his life and writings received from different sources such as Pyarelal Nayyar, Chandra Kant Madhavji Thacker, P.G. Deshpande, B.C. Roy , A.T. Hingorani, N.K. Bose and others.

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