MAKAIAS Collection

Digital preservation of the paper records in the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies is being undertaken by the School of Cultural texts and Records.

The papers being digitized comprise Maulana Abul Kalam Azad’s own private documents, letters, printed documents, contemporary newspapers, political pamphlets, almanacs, and books from the presidential library.

Access to the materials depends upon kind permission from the MAKAIAS authorities.

Digitization Status: ONGOING

The Jewish Community of Calcutta Project

The Jewish Community of Calcutta project was initiated in the latter half of 2013 by Jael Silliman in collaboration with the School of Cultural Texts and Records. The archival process was defined by extensive documentation in the form of interviewing the few surviving members of the community, recording book readings, taking photographs of relevant sites and venues and creating short documentaries. A seminar on the Jewish Community of Calcutta was also organized under the auspices of the archive in March, 2014.

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VMH Collection

Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata, has assigned SCTR to digitize their entire paper collection. Documents varying from scrolls, paintings, notebooks, photographs, manuscripts of historical significance to court papers, almanacs and calendars have been digitised. Notable documents digitized are as follows:

The Notebooks of Justice Hyde, legal papers from the 1770s, paintings of Abanindranath Tagore, Lalitmohan Sen and Bijit Lao, photographs from the collections of Bourne & Shepherd and Johnston & Hoffmann, Persian Manuscript Collection comprising of Tipu Sultan's Notebook, Nala Damayanti, a story from the Sanskrit Mahabharata translated into Persian by Faiji at the command of Emperor Akbar, and a Calendar prepared for Nawab Wazid Ali Shah of Oudh in Nastaliq script etc.

Victoria Memorial Krishna Collection comprising miniatures, Oriya manuscripts, painting and prints.

Legal documents in the form of scrolls of the Sadar Diwani Adalat of late 18th century, mostly in Persian and some in English and Bengali.

Access to the materials depends upon kind permission from the Victoria Memorial Hallauthorities.

Digitization Status: ONGOING