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Shri Keshavdas Abhilekhagar (Archives)

The archive was established in Oct. 1976, when the Samsthan acquired the State Archives of the erstwhile Sitamau State.
Except few Persian Sanads and few documents of Maratha domination original collection of documents begin from mid nineteenth century till June 30, 1948 A.D.  when the  Sitamau State merged into the successor, state of Madhya Bharat. Thus the archives of the Sitamau State are available by the Samsthan in its entirety. They give a complete picture of the traditional, Political and administrative system of the state in its competeness. Impartial, eye-witness reports of the Sitamau Vakil in Indore throw valuable lights on turbulent times of Indian Mutiny in Indore in Particular and Malwa in general (1857-58). The archive has 700 bastas containing thousands of original documents, three thousand Bahis and Two Thousend Five hundred old Registers.


The files of “English Office” of erstwhile Sitamau State contain thousands of important letters, and their replies (original or office copies). They are useful for the last 55 years of the history of  the former Sitamau State. Kharitas, secret letters, tanka receipts and other such documents received by the Sitamau ruler are specially important source-material not only for the history of the  Sitamau State but also for the political administrative, social and economic history of the Mandsaur region.

The archive has a rare collection of Gazeetes of Goverment of India, yearly administrative reports and Gazettes of various Indian States, Census Reports, for the last ten years, parliamentary reports, Gazetteers of Indian States and old magazines published after 1920 A.D. Thus the archives have 1350 printed books and 300Gazeets of various Indian States.

Administrative reports of Holkar State from (1894-1945 A.D.), Police Administrative report (1905-1941 A.D.), Budget Administration (1910-1918 A.D.) Land revenue Records (1924-1934) etc., contemporary published reports are preserved at the archives, which helps to resuscitate the history of the central, district and village administration of the former Holkar State.

In the same way, Gwalior State Durbar policy Vols. 1924-25 A.D., Administrative Report (1923-46 A.D.), complete files of Jayaji Pratap, a weekly from Gwalior (1939-43 A.D.) etc., are helpful source-materials relating to the administrative, economic and social history of the erstwhile Gwalior State are available here.

         
The Samsthan is painstakingly collecting original or true copies of documents, relating to 17th and aucceeding centuries, so that the archives would be important research centre for the entire region.