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Archives collect and preserve original documents of organizations, such as churches or governments. Libraries generally collect published sources such as books, maps, and microfilm. This section describes India’s major repositories of genealogical and historical records and sources.

If you plan to visit one of these repositories, write and ask about the collection, hours they are open, services, and fees several weeks before you arrive.

India is a vast country that comprises a number of States and Union territories. At present there is no network of public libraries all over the country. The university libraries in India are at various stages of growth. Aside from the older university libraries and the libraries of the Central Universities, there are few university libraries with any sizable collections in subjects of study and research. The majority of the university libraries, especially those established by the acts of state

legislatures after independence, are struggling to build up their collections.

All requests to the National Archives of India may be addressed to:

National Archives of India
Director General of Archives
Janpath, New Delhi 110001
Telephone: 00-91-11-23383436 (Director General of Archives)
00-91-11-23389027 (Deputy Director of Archives, Records)
00-91-11-23073007 (Asstt. Director of Archives, Records)
00-91-11-23073462 (Research Room)
00-91-11-23384797 (Public Relations Cell)
Fax: 00-91-11-23384127

In 1891 (during the British period), the National Archives of India was established as the Imperial Record Department in Calcutta. Since 1947, the National Archives of India has established four regional offices at Bhopal, Jaipur, Bhubaneswar and Pandicherry. Their contact details are as follows:

Record Centre, Janpath
National Archives of India
New Delhi-110001, India
Telephone: 00 91 23383436
Fax: 00 91 3384127

Regional Office of Bhopal
National Archives of India
Civil Lines (near Hamidia College)
Bhopal – 462001, India
Telephone: 0755-2660173
Fax: 0755-2660117

Record Centre, Jaipur
National Archives of India
10-A, Jhalana Institutional Area
Jhalana Doongr
Jaipur - 302 004, India
Telephone: 0141-2707499
Fax : 0141-2701815

Record Centre, Bhubaneswar
National Archives of India
Shatabdi Nagar
P.O. Baramunda Colony Unit-8
Bhubaneswar - 751 003, India
Fax: 674 2471327

Record Centre, Pondicherry
National Archives of India
Jeevanandapuram Lawspet
Pondicherry - 605 008, India
Fax: 0413 2253104

Many records have been collected and maintained in Great Britain. The National Archives of England and The British Library are the best sources of genealogical research.

The National Archives of England
Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU
Telephone: 44 (0) 20 8876 3444
Minicom: 44 (0) 20 8392 9198

The British Library
Oriental and India Office Collections
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
Telephone: 44 (0)20 7412 7873
Fax: 44 (0)20 7412 7641

The following repositories are also of interest to the researcher.

National Library (Calcutta)
Kolkata 70027
West Bengal, India
Telephone: 91-33-2479-1381 to 1384
Fax: 91-33-2479-1462

American Library
24 Kasturba Gandhi Marg
New Delhi 110001
Telephone: 91-11-2331-4251 and 91-11-2331-6841
Fax: 91-11-2332-9499

St. Xavier's College
30 Mother Teresa
Sarani, Kolkata - 700 016 INDIA
Telephone: 0091 33 2280 1919

Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
Teen Murti House
New Delhi - 110 011, India
Telephone: 91-11-3010666
Fax: 91-11-3793296

Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library
Ashok Rajpath
Patna (Bihar), India - 800004
Telephone: 91-612-2301507
Fax: 91-612-2300315

Rampur Raza Library
Hamid Manzil Qila
Rampur - 244901 U.P, India
Telephone: 91-595-2325045, 2325346, 2327244
Fax: 91-595-2340548

The Thanjavur Maharaja Serfoji's
Saraswathi Mahal Library
Tamil Nadu, India

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