West Bengal State Archives

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(give a brief summary comment about holdings here)

Contents

Orientation

Coordinates

Address

6 Bhowani Dutta Lane,
Kolkata 700-007

Website

Telephone

Fax

Email

Schedule & hours

(include information about annual closures)

Working language(s)

English and Bengali.

Layout

(description of reading rooms, store rooms, etc)

Directions

(how to find the archive)

Holdings

Description of holdings

(a more extensive description (qualitative and/or quantitative) of the holdings and the state in which they are kept)

History of the archive

(previous location(s) of collection held there, and any information that might help researchers to navigate previous systems)

Catalogues & finding aids

(describe any that exist, and give links to any that are online)

Languages of materials

Restrictions & difficulties

Classified material

Inaccessible material

Future of the archive

(what direction is the archive going? what rumours have you heard?)

Research procedures

Access

(what permits, identity documents, or letters of reference do you need to present? how far in advance must you begin to register?)

First visit

(what happens when you first come to the archives?)

Permitted and prohibited items

(if possible, account for laptop computers, cameras, scanners, phones, pens and pencils, loose papers, and so on)

  • Permitted:
  • Prohibited:

Document ordering

(how do you request documents? how many can you order at a time?)

Ordering classified material

(what special permission is necessary?)

Document delivery

(how long does it take for documents to arrive? where are they delivered? how many can you consult at a time? what do you do when you are finished with an item?)

Photocopying, photography, microfilming

(what are costs, permits, and page limits? how long do you have to wait?)

Key forms

(what are the main forms that the archive uses? if possible, provide links to copies or post copies directly)

Key individuals

Archive staff

(people you've found particularly helpful; no invective)

Scholars

(scholars who are familiar with this archive)

Bibliography

(published works based on research at this archive)

Practicalities

Food

Lockers

Washrooms

Transportation

Internet access

Funding

Bookstore

See also

Please see Erica Wald's description from Archives Made Easy.

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