[LIS-Forum] UNESCO helps preserve Indian documentary heritage
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From: Puna Das <puna_05 at yahoo.co.in>
UNESCO helps preserve Indian documentary heritage
04-04-2008 (New Delhi)
A UNESCO-supported project Preservation and Conservation of Rare Documents
of St. Xaviers College Library, Kolkata has recently been completed.
Several thousands of pages of rare documents from the College library have
been recovered, preserved and digitised.
St. Xaviers College was established in 1860. It is now one of the oldest
colleges in the South Asian sub-region. The College library holds a golden
treasury of very old printed documents, providing from donations of books
by the provincial governments and European missionaries in the last
The documentary collection includes philosophical thoughts of eminent
thinkers of eighteenth century, philosophy of sciences, historical
accounts, religious scriptures, etc. Unfortunately, this heritage is
continuously decaying towards extinction, which would be an enormous
cultural loss for India.
Selected rare documents of the College library have been recovered,
preserved and digitised under this collaborative project. Physical
preservation was carried out for 31 614 pages from 52 volumes of books
through fumigation, de-acidification and tissue lamination processes. 24
686 pages from 51 volumes of rare books and 99 rare paintings were
digitally preserved on DVD-ROMs and intranet server.
An exhibition of rare documents took place in March 2008 in the College
premises. The oldest article among the exhibited pieces was published in
Digitised collection of rare paintings of St. Xaviers College, Kolkata:
Anup Kumar Das
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