Balochistan Archives is an executive agency of the Government of Balochistan which serves as the main repository for official records and documents of historical significance relating to the Province. Located in the provincial capital, Quetta, Balochistan Archives, hold material related to the British period of the province's history. Currently, it holds more than 27,000 files, and printed papers pertaining to the British colonial and post-independence period in Balochistan. In addition, the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library of Balochistan Archives holds more than 5,000 volumes of rare books, manuscripts, gazetteers, and reports. Its collections are particularly strong in the North West Frontier policy, Tribal Administration, Afghanistan, and Indirect Rule.
Directorate of Archives, Noori Naseer Khan Cultural Complex, Spinny Road, Quetta Postal Code 87300 Pakistan.
Schedule & hours
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Ramadan Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday to Friday
Our offices are closed on Saturdays and Sundays and on National Holidays.
Directions to the archive
We are located on Spinny Road about 100 meters from the Benazir Bhutto Flyover. The Noori Naseer Khan Cultural Complex is located between the Income Tax Office Building and the Traffic Police Offices. Detailed information about our location including map is available on the Contact Us page on our website at http://www.balochistanarchives.gob.pk/home
Its holdings include:
- A.G.G, in Balochistan (Essential Records) 1862-1945.
- A.G.G, in Balochistan (General Records). 1862-1945
- Revenue Commissioner (Essential Records). 1870-1937.
- Revenue Commissioner (General Records). 1870-1937.
- Balochistan Secretariat Records. 1903-1954
- Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection 1878-2000
- Commissioner Quetta Records 1884-1960
We always welcome scholars, students, and members of the general public to conduct research at the Balochistan Archives. Our primary collection of archives is housed in Room No. 25 in Bloc-I of Balochistan Civil Secretariat. Our courteous and trained staff will be happy to assist you in finding and locating specific records for you. If you are planning to do extended research over several days or weeks, the best place to conduct your research is our spacious Rare Books and Manuscripts Library located in Noori Naseer Khan Cultural Complex on Spinny Road.
You will be required to register for research by showing your identity, indicating your institutional affiliation, and describing the purpose of your research.
Permitted and prohibited items
- Permitted: Laptops and writing instruments are allowed
- Prohibited: No cameras and scanners.
Document ordering and delivery
(how do you request documents? how many can you order at a time? how are documents delivered?)
Photocopying, photography, microfilming
You can obtain duplicates or photocopies of archival records on prescribed rates, ordinarily Rs. 7 per page for ordinary size paper.
Mr. Abdul Salam, Librarian Mr. Aftab Shah, Assistant Director (Archives) Mr. Zahoor Ahmed, Deputy Director Mr. Hafeez Jamali, Director
Availability of wireless internet (Wi-Fi) is limited to the library staff but they will be happy to assist you in locating online materials and catalogues from the library's computer.
Please visit our official website at http://www.balochistanarchives.gob.pk/home for accurate and updated information.