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Archiving the British Raj: History of the Archival Policy of the Government of India, with Selected Documents, 1858-1947

Sabyasachi Bhattacharya


The archives are generally sites where historians conduct research into our past. Seldom are they objects of research. Sabyasachi Bhattacharya traces the path that led to the creation of a central archive in India, from the setting up of the Imperial Record Department, the precursor of the National Archives of India, and the Indian Historical Records Commission, to the framing of archival policies and the change in those policies over the years. In the last two decades of colonial rule in India, there were anticipations of freedom in many areas of the public sphere. These were felt in the doma ... More

Keywords: archives, central archive in India, Imperial Record Department, National Archives of India, Indian Historical Records Commission, colonial rule

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199489923
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199489923.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, author
Former Professor of History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.