The Directorate of State Archives, which is the oldest repository of pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial records, is reopening from February 1.
The three reading rooms of the Historical Section will be opened for students, researchers and historians. They can visit the directorate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Only five people will be allowed at any given point of time. The main office of the directorate is located on Bhawani Dutta Lane off College Street while the functional building is on Shakespeare Sarani.
“Several students, researchers and historians visit our reading rooms for reference for their projects and examinations. We received requests from many such individuals who said their projects were stuck and examinations were getting hampered. The decision to reopen reading rooms was taken keeping the interest of such individuals in mind,” said an official.
Till 1962, all records of the state government were accommodated in the Secretariat Record Room at Writers’ Buildings. In 1959, a building was acquired on Bhawani Dutta Lane to preserve the documents and photos. In 1962, records up to 1900 were shifted from Writers’ to the new premises. In 1998, a new functional building at 43, Shakespeare Sarani was constructed to accommodate post-Independence and Intelligence Branch records.
Besides documentation, the directorate has also digitised some valuable records and also houses a library. It also has a Police Archives Wing.