National Archives of India

The National Archives of India is the repository of the non-current records of the Government of India and is holding them in trust for the use of administrators and scholars. It is an Attached Office of the Department of Culture under Ministry of Tourism & Culture.
It was set up in March 1891 in Calcutta (Kolkata) as the Imperial Record Department and subsequent to the transfer of the National Capital from Calcutta to New Delhi in 1911 it was shifted to its present building in 1926.


  • Preserving the records of Govt. of India in its custody, and regulating the Access and Record Management policy of the Govt. as per the provisions of the Public Record Act, 1993.
  • Preparing Inventories, Indices, Catalogues and other Reference Media of the public records.
  • Accepting records from any private source for safe custody and preparing the Reference Media thereof.
  • Promoting utilization of available space and maintenance of equipments for preserving public and private records.
  • Providing training in various aspects of Archival Science at professional and sub-professional levels.
  • Bringing Archives closer to the public through Exhibitions, Seminars, and Outreach programmes.
  • Spreading awareness about the importance of our Heritage through a portrayal of a glimpse of the multi-faceted collections of documents in the Museum of National Archives of India.
  • Providing financial assistance to State Archives, Museums, Libraries and Voluntary Organizations and Individuals for proper Upkeep Publication and Microfilming of rare manuscripts/ books in their custody.

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