The practice of maintaining Records had been in vogue with the
advent of Art of writing in Manipur. The Official Records were
maintained in the Royal Court. Individuals also used to maintain
private records. With the coming of the British, maintenance of
records in the record room of the
State Secretariat was started. Early
in March 1958, the National Committee of Archivist which is a sub-section
of the National Archives of India, New Delhi recommended to
establish a State Record Office with minimum standard in the initial
stages to look after the maintenance, preservation and proper
utilization of records by every State in the country. With a view to
establish a State Record Office of the norms as laid down by the
National Archives of India, Government of India, New Delhi, the
Manipur State Archives was established in March, 1982 under the
Directorate of Social Welfare, Art & Culture, Manipur. Then the
Art & Culture Directorate was bifurcated from the Directorate of
Social Welfare, Manipur in the year 1990. The Manipur State Archives
is now under the Directorate of Art & Culture, Government of
establishment of the State Archives maintenance of official and
private Records has been done in a scientific way by trained
personnel in Archival Science.
historical to public offices and other institutions
Research facilities for the administrators
and General public
microfilming of Records
- Technical and
Scientific advice on conservation and
restoring of records, Books and organizing
Brief Report On The Development Of
Manipur State Archives Since 1982
The Manipur State archives was established in march, 1982, under the
directorate of social welfare,
arts & culture Government of Manipur, headed by a trained
Archivist, who is now promoted to Deputy Director, Since the
occupation of Manipur
British, the political Agency
office maintained and preserved the records in scientific methods.
In the year 1947, India
became independent and Manipur State has its own Secretariat
Records Room located in a specious room in the secretariat
now known as Old Secretariat. With the establishment of the State
archives the Manipur State Secretariat record office has transferred
many bulk of its records to the Archives. Those records received
from the erstwhile o0ffic of the political Agent, State Durbar and
Council Resolution is now in the Manipur State Archives.
As per instruction of the Director National Archives,
Government of India, the Manipur Government constitute ed a
“Regional Committee for Archives, “ in January, 1983 to take
proper care of all records of permanent value of all departments and
offices in Manipur by the State Archives. The Minister of Education
Social Welfare, Arts & Culture, Manipur is the chairman of the
committee and Director, Social Welfare Arts &Culture is the
member Secretary. The Committee has since taken up steps for the
development of Archives Administration.
Again, on the advice of the Government of India , National
Archives of India, The State Government constituted a Regional
Records survey committee for the private records in April, 1989. The
Secretary Education Social Welfare, Arts and Culture, Government of
Manipur is the chairman of the committee and Director , social
Welfare, Arts and Culture is the member Secretary.
The aims and objects of the State Archives office is to
concentrate in a single repository all the non-current records both
confidential and non-confidential as well as the private records.
The Manipur State Archives accessioned the records under the
following categories i.e.
Historical Manuscripts- both in Archives Manipur &
Rare books of the library.
The Manipur State Archives continued to study
the records of the Manipur Secretariat Records, deputy Commissioner
of all the Districts and District
& Session Court, Imphal and prepared the lists of the records.
This Department collected the following records from different
Government offices, i.e.
2,500 files, (from the year,1826 to 1950).
Manipur State Administration Report , from the
up to 1962.
Manipur state Durbar Proceedings (1907-1947).
Manipur State Council Proceedings
Diaries of the Manipur Political Agents and Assistant
Political Agent (1886-1947).
Parawanas and orders of the Manipur Maharaja & the
Political Agent in Manipur from the year ,1891 to 1947.
Acts &Rules of Manipur 1947 to 1980.
Rare Manipur Records collected from India office Library,
London in the Microfilm Rolls.
The Manipur state Archives accessioned the private Records
from different custodians,i.e.
Collection of late Neta Irabot Singh, generally known as
Jananeta the great Freedom Fighter of Manipur (1896 to 1951) from
Takhelambam Ibotombi Singh, Keisamthong , Imphal, (3000 pages).
Laikhuram Khogendrajit, the Freedom Fighter , from his son
Shri L.Ibobi Singh, Wangkhei, (3000 pages).
Padmashri N.Khelchandra Singh, Uripok relating to
Records (500 pages).
Pandit Charoiba’s collection (40 bulks) Lalambung.
The State Archives collected and preserved
many valuable historical manuscripts in Archaic Manipuri and few
manuscripts of Bengali scripts.
From the year,1987,with the Financial Assistance of the
National Archives of India, Manipur State Archives have prepared
Guide volumes of Records. Now it has completed 18 volumes. The total
books published by the Department is 24 in numbers since 1982.
In Manipur, the Archives Week Celebration
has been annually
celebrated as a part of the international programme. During the
Archives Week, the department exhibits the records for the wide
publicity of Archives Movement in Manipur.
The Manipur State Archives provides research facilities to the
bonafide research Scholars.