on Asia-Pacific Forum for Library and Achives Management
Bangalore, India, UTC- June 1-30, 2004
Participant from India
are the gray areas of most of the Indian Libraries.
The concept of Archives is well written in papers.
When it comes for practice it imposes a big question
before us. It is an unique opportunity to attend a
valuable course of International standard with distinguished
1.Collecting History of Institutions, Churches, Missionaries
and Preserve it.
2. Collecting Important documents and even Oral history
and Preserve it.
Our sincere hope is to gain enough knowledge through
And will be able to manage our archives more systematically.
general very few libraries are having archives and
each library archives has its focus on different,
special and specific area. Information is stored in
Microfilm, Microfiche, Palm leaves and Manuscripts.
The documents are preserved using fumigation, chemical
treatment and herbal treatment techniques.
United Theological College, Bangalore, India:
Ecclesiastical Archives of the United Theological
College, Bangalore, was established in 1958 in order
to prevent further destruction of Indian Church history
Records. It consists of unpublished documents (letters,
minute books etc.) which serve as primary sources
for the study of churches, institutions and individual
Christians. Also we have several series of printed
publications that is reports and journals of missionary
societies, rare books, microfilms/microfiches and
a palm leaf collection. We also have various private
collections of M.M. Thomas, S.J. Samantha, Sadhu Sundar
Singh etc. The Archives is well used not only by our
students, but also by research scholars from secular
universities in India and around the world.
Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute:
Heritage Archives started functioning in the year
1989 at the rare end of the Gurukul Martin Luther
Library. Dr.K.Rajaratnam, the founding father of the
Lutheran Heritage Archives has graciously given space
in the ground floor of the new administrative building
of Gurukul in 1996. The Lutheran Heritage Archives
has been systematically functioning on Archival principles
and it has been established for preserving materials
on Lutheran Heritage. The significant land mark of
the arrival of the two German missionaries Bartholomaeus
Ziegenbalg and Heinrich Pluetschau on 9th July 1706
is the birth of the Protestant Lutheran Mission in
India. They were sent by the Danish King Friedrich
IV for the missionary work in India. Hence it is called
as Halle-Danish Mission or Tranquebar Mission. In
July 2006 it has been decided to celeberate the Ter-Centenary
Celebration of the beginning of this mission by the
Gurukul College, Francke Foundations, Halle, Germany,
United Evangelical Lutheran Churches in India, the
National Council of Churches in India and other institutions.
It has been decided to publish five volumes including
different topics and perspectives coming out of fresh
research work during this celebrations. This is the
vision of our Archives. The L.H.Archives contains
original records of our college, records related to
the Lutheran churches in India, mission related documents,
old research valuable books, theses, microfilms, microfiches,
CD-Rom, a few palm leaf manuscripts, flatgrafic materials,
private collections and so on. It is providing materials
not only for the students of our College but also
for the scholars doing research in and around India.
The L.H.Archives is developing as a research institute
with firm commitment to serve the Indian Church by
preserving its memories and promoting research.
seminary of the Malankara Orthodox church was founded
by St. Thomas, the Apostle in A.D. 52. It is the first
Orthodox Christian School of Theology in Asia and
the oldest seminary other than Catholic Seminary in
India, was founded in 1815. Seminary Archives consists
of microfilms, microfiches, audio cassettes, video
cassettes, slides, CD-Roms, rare books in English,
Malayalam and Syriac languages, documents of palm
leaves, papyrus, vellum,and Birch bark, manuscripts
of prayer books, bible portions, liturgical texts,
Malayalam translations etc.,. Further more it have
old journals since 1892, historical records of seminary,
church and church leaders. A good collection of photographs,icons
and stamps are there.
Nadu Theological Seminary,Madurai.
is formed in 1969 at Madurai in Tamilnadu. Our Seminary
having library its total collection is 60000 Volume
books and in 1986 we established archives department.
Archives with special focus on “Indian Church
History Archives date back from 16th century. Herbal
preservation technique is practiced.
Biblical Seminary, Pune, Maharashtra:
archives holdings focus is on the seminary records
,papers, documents, and other materials of historical
value generated by related to the Seminary and individuals,
past and present affiliated with it. The holdings
span the entire history of the Seminary and represent
virtually every aspect of Seminary life including
extensive photographic archives and audio-visual archives
. The UBS publication of faculty and students are
Asian Bible college, Bangalore
Methodist bible seminary, Gujarat
Allahabat Bible Seminary
Aizwal theological college Mizoram
Are yet to establish an archive, but having immediate
plan to establish one.
Doak College, Madurai:
is an arts and science college. Its quite unusual
to find an archives at any graduate colleges. But
we have established one quite recently. Collection
is focused on the History of the college and the Biography
of Miss. Katie Wilcox.
National Archives and Every state archives are well
established and well maintained. The documents and
microfiched and micro filmed and well preserved. Tanjore
Tamil University, archives has manuscripts from 400
BC. Government archives are well preserved using various
aspire to do many things but all of our progress is
curtailed because of fund.