MANUSCRIPTS COLLECTION IN MICROFILM / MICROFISCHE

vis_libIt is estimated that India possesses more than five million manuscripts, making her the largest repository of manuscript wealth in the world. Though our ancestors had tried to preserve these manuscripts, thousands of such valued unpublished Indian manuscripts on varied subjects are scattered across Indian and foreign collections, making them inaccessible to scholars. This invaluable and unique pool of knowledge is under threat and manuscripts are disappearing at an alarming rate.

Recognising the need to encompass and preserve these knowledge resources and to make them accessible to scholars and researchers, Kala Nidhi Reprography Unit has initiated a manuscript-microfilming programme a few years back. The IGNCA has approached many of the private and public institutions and individuals who are in possession of valuable manuscripts, preferably in Sanskrit , and has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with each of them for microfilming their manuscripts. So far the Reprography Unit has microfilmed over 2.78 lakh manuscripts in 21722 microfilm rolls. All the rolls have been duplicated, digitized and catalogued.

Scholars and researchers can access this microfilm/microfiche collection at the Kala Nidhi Reprography Unit. They can also obtain copies, subject to copyright restrictions and the conditions spelt out in the MOUs.
Catalogue of Manuscripts available in IGNCA

Sl.NoName of the Institute/LibraryMss.CoveredFolios CoveredMicrofilm RollsLanguage/ScriptMaterialSubjects Covered
1Advaita Ashram Mayavati, Lohaghat, Pithoragarh912182036English/RomanPaperLectures & Sayings of Swami Vivekananda, Religion and Philosophy
2Anand Ashram Samsthan,Budhwar Peth, Pune94961912101Sanskrit/DevnāgaīPaperVeda,Vedāṅga, Dharmasśāstra, Itihāsa, Purāṇa, Darśana, Āgama,Tantra, Stotra, Jyotiṣa, Gaṇita, Kalā, Śilpa,Vāstu, Kāvya, Alanṅkāra, Nāṭyaśāstra,Saṅgīta, Vyākaraṇa, Kośa, Āyurveda. Jain literature & Philosophy.
3Maulana Abdul kalam Azad Arabic & Persian Research Instt., Tonk, Rajasthan988169282225Persian/Arabic/ Nastaliq, Naskh, ShikastaPaperDarśana, Jyotiṣa
4Asiatic Society,Town Hall, Mumbai72571Sanskrit/DevnāgaīPaperKāvya, Saṅgīta (Gīta Govinda)
5Atombabu Research Centre, Imphal3325106Sanskrit,Manipuri,Bengali/Devnāga, Bengali, Manipuri (MEITEIMAYEKManipuri hand made paper,Agarbak PaperAstrology, Religion, Astronomy, Tantra, Mantra, Music, Dance
6Bharata Kala Bhawana Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi7234005Sanskrit/SardaPaperVeda, Tantra, Stotra
7Bhandarkar Oriental Research Instt., Shivajinagar, Pune1857213605922254Sanskrit, Marathi, Bengali,Persian/Devnāga, Bengali, ŚārdāPaper/Palm leavesVeda,Vedāṅga, Dharmasśāstra, Itihāsa, Purāṇa, Darśana, Āgama,Tantra, Stotra, Jyotiṣa, Gaṇita, kalā, Śilpa,Vāstu, Kāvya, Alanṅkāra, Nāṭyaśāstra,Saṅgīta, Vyākaraṇa, Kośa, Āyurveda. Jain literature & Philosophy.
8Bharat Itihas Samsodhak Mandal, Pune8812761047Sanskrit, Marathi, Gujrati/Devnāgaī
PaperVeda,Vedāṅga, Dharmasśāstra, Itihāsa, Purāṇa, Darśana, Āgama,Tantra, Stotra, Jyotiṣa, Gaṇita, kalā, Śilpa,Vāstu, Kāvya, Alanṅkāra, Nāṭyaśāstra, Saṅgīta, Vyākaraṇa, Kośa, Āyurveda.
9Bombay University,
Vidyanagar Sanstacruz (E), Mumbai
95961Sanskrit/DevnāgaīPaperGita Govinda
10Dhinachandra Singh Memorial Mss. Library, Imphal273780013Bengali, Sanskrit, Meiteilon/ Meitei Mayek, Bengali
PaperDharmasśāstra, Itihāsa, Tantra, Jyotiṣa, Āyurveda. Genealogy
11Dr. U.V. Swaminatha Iyer Library, Besant Nagar, Chennai3294322069477Sanskrit,Tamil, English/Tamil, Granth,Telugu EnglishHand Made paper/
Palm leave
Veda,Vedāṅga, Dharmasśāstra, Itihāsa, Purāṇa, Darśana, Āgama,Tantra, Stotra, Jyotiṣa, Gaṇita, kalā, Śilpa,Vāstu, Kāvya, Alanṅkāra, Nāṭyaśāstra, Saṅgīta, Vyākaraṇa, Kośa, Āyurveda,Periodicals,Generals,Alamanac,
12Govt. Museum, Alwar1961Sanskrit/DevnagariPaperKāvya,Saṅgīta, (Gita Govinda)
13Govt. Oriental Mss. Library & Research Centre, University Library Building,Chapauk, Chennai 4680621134353330Sanskrit, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu/ Devanagari,Granth, Oriya,Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, TeluguPaper/ Palm leavesVeda,Vedāṅga, Dharmasśāstra, Itihāsa, Purāṇa, Darśana,Āgama,Tantra, Stotra, Jyotiṣa, Gaṇita, kalā, Śilpa,Vāstu, Kāvya, Alanṅkāra, Nāṭyaśāstra, Saṅgīta,Vyākaraṇa, Kośa, Āyurveda. Mānavaśastra, Arthaśāstra,
14Guru Sangolsem Kalidaman Singh Collection, Imphal6744107Meiteilon, Bangla/ BanglaPaperSaṅgīta
15Hijam Romani Singh Collection, Imphal217402Manipuri,Archaic/ Meitei, MayekHand Made paperDharmasśāstra, Darśana, Tantra, Jyotiṣa, Kāvya, Saṅgīta.
16Juma Masjid Of Bombay Trust, Janjikar Street, Mumbai1411197019Urdu, Persian & Arabic/Urdu NaskhPaperDarśana, Jyotiṣa, Kāvya, Āyurveda. Faith
17Kamrupa Anusandhan Samiti, Guwahati 8242888Sanskrit/AssamesePaper, WoodDharmasśāstra, Purāṇa, Tantra, Jyotiṣa, Gaṇita, Kāvya, Saṅgīta, Vyākaraṇa, Bhakti, Ayurvada,Biography,
18Keladi Museum, Keladi111968015Sanskrit,Kannada/Devnāgarī, Kannada, Telugu
Paper, Palm leafVeda,Vedāṅga, Dharmasśāstra, Purāṇa, Darśana, Stotra, Jyotiṣa, Gaṇita, kalā, Śilpa,Vāstu, Kāvya, Alanṅkāra, Nītikāvya, Saṅgīta, Vyākaraṇa, Kośa, Āyurveda. Vetenary Science, Chemistry, Jain literature &Philosophy.
19Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library, Patna800165775263Arbic & Persian/Nastaliq,Naskh, Nim hikastahPaperDharmasśāstra, Itihāsa, Darśana, Jyotiṣa, Kāvya, Saṅgīta, Vyākaraṇa, Āyurveda,Islamiyat.
20L.D.Instt. of Indology,Near Gujarat University, Ahmedabad198771698124Sanskrit Prakrit/ Devnagari
PaperVeda,Vedāṅga, Dharmasśāstra, Itihāsa, Purāṇa, Darśana, Āgama,Tantra, Stotra, Jyotiṣa, Gaṇita, kalā, Śilpa,Vāstu, Kāvya, Alanṅkāra, Nāṭyaśāstra, Saṅgīta, Vyākaraṇa, Kośa, Āyurveda. Arthaśāstra, Jain literature & Philosophy. Aśvaśāstra, Krīda,
21Maharaja Sawai Man Singh-II Museum,
City Palace, Jaipur
3840007Sanskrit/ DevnagariPaperKāvya, Saṅgīta, (Gita Govinda)
22Manipur State Archives, Imphal1101123513Manipuri Archaic Bengali/ Bengali, Manipuri(MEITEIMAYEK)Manipuri hand made paper, Agarbak PaperDharmasśāstra, Itihāsa, Darśana, Tantra, Jyotiṣa, Kāvya, Alanṅkāra, Vyākaraṇa,Geneology, Topography,
23Manipur State Kala Academy, Imphal
55655655Sanskrit, Manipuri, Bengali/ Devnagari, Bengali, Manipuri(MEITEIMAYEK)Dharmasśāstra, Itihāsa, Darśana, Tantra, Jyotiṣa, VyākaraṇaDharmasśāstra, Itihāsa, Jyotiṣa, kalā, Śilpa,Vāstu, Kāvya, Nāṭyaśāstra, Saṅgīta, Vyākaraṇa, Āyurveda.Genealogy, Toporgraphy, Creation and Misc.
24Manipur State Museum, Imphal5265979Manipuri Archaic Bengali, Sanskrit, Burmese, Devnagari, English/ Bengali, Manipuri(MEITEIMAYEK), Devanagari, Burmese, Sanskrit, EnglishManipuri hand made paper, Agarbak Paper
Dharmasśāstra, Itihāsa, Darśana, Tantra, Jyotiṣa, Vyākaraṇa,
25Mutua Museum, Imphal156401Bengali, Sanskrit, Meiteilon/ Meitei MayekPaperItihāsa, Jyotiṣa, Āyurveda.
26Nagpur University,
North Ambarari Road, Nagpur
228822Sanskrit/ DevnagariPaperKavya (Gita Govinda)
27Natuam Sangeeta Academy, Imphal 3825204Sanskrit, Bengali, Meitei/ BengaliPaperSaṅgīta
28Oriental Research Instt.&Manuscripts Library,University of Kerala
Karivatattom, Thiruvananthapuram
54266505921071Sanskrit, Malayalam/ Grantha, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Nandinagari, Devnagari,Bengali & CanaresePaper/ Palm leaves
Veda,Vedāṅga, Dharmasśāstra, Itihāsa, Purāṇa, Darśana, Āgama,Tantra, Stotra, Jyotiṣa, Gaṇita, kalā, Śilpa,Vāstu, Kāvya, Alanṅkāra, Nāṭyaśāstra, Saṅgīta, Vyākaraṇa, Kośa, Āyurveda. Jainamata,
29Oriental Research Instt., Mysore2741413707121878Sanskrit, Kannada/Grantha, Telugu, Malayalam, Nandinagari, KannadaPalm leavesVeda,Vedāṅga, Dharmasśāstra, Itihāsa, Purāṇa, Darśana, Āgama,Tantra, Stotra, Jyotiṣa, Gaṇita, kalā, Śilpa,Vāstu, Kāvya, Alanṅkāra, Nāṭyaśāstra, Saṅgīta, Vyākaraṇa, Kośa, Āyurveda. Kāmaśastra,.
30People's Museum, Kakching, Imphal5162850028Manipuri Archaic Bengali, Sanskrit, Burmese, Devnagari, English/Bengali, Manipuri(MEITEIMAYEK),Manipuri hand made paper, Agarbak PaperDharmasśāstra,Itihāsa, Tantra, Mantra, Stotra, kāvya, Jyotiṣa, Saṅgīta, Vyakaraṇa, Āyurveda, Maanavaśāstra Geneology,
31Pt. Chandra Singh Memorial Library, Imphal
204729311Manipuri/Archaic/
Meitei, Mayek
Hand Made paperDharmasśāstra, Tantra, mantra, Jyotiṣa, Saṅgīta, Geneology
32Pt. N. Khelchandra Singh Collection, Imphal5992831659Manipur Archaic Bengali, Sanskrit,/ ManipuriManipuri hand made paperDharmasśāstra, Jyotiṣa, Kāvya,
33Rajasthan Oriental Research Instt.,
Alwar
7371492600821Sanskrit/ DevnagariPaperVeda,Vedāṅga, Itihāsa, Purāṇa, Darśana, Jyotiṣa, Kāvya, Vyākaraṇa,
34Rajasthan Oriental Research Instt., Jodhpur2466108139180Sanskrit,Prakrit, Old Rajasthani, Marathi, Oriya, Bangla, Daksin lipi/Devnagari,Sharda, Nandi Nagari Paper, Palm leaf, Xerox paperVeda,Vedāṅga, Dharmasśāstra, Itihāsa, Purāṇa, Darśana, Āgama,Tantra, Stotra, Jyotiṣa, Kāvya, Alanṅkāra, Nāṭyaśāstra, Saṅgīta, Vyākaraṇa, Kośa, Āyurveda. Kāmaśastra, Ṛājaśāstra, Jain literature & Philosophy. Buddhism
35Rajasthan Oriental Research Instt., Udaipur6332546744Sanskrit/ DevnagariPaperJyotiṣa, Śilpa,Vāstu, Kāvya, Āyurveda. Arthaśāstra, Jain literature & Philosophy.
36Rama Krishan Mission, Chennai701572527English/ Roman
PaperReligion and Philosophy
37Rampur Raza Library, Rampur1423415351Persian, Arabic, Sanskrit, Pusto/ DevnagariPaperDharmasśāstra, Itihāsa, Purāṇa, Darśana, Jyotiṣa, Gaṇita, kalā, Kāvya, Āyurveda. kāmaśāstra, Bhūgola, Aindrajāla, Rasāyanaśaastra, yuddhakalā, Fiction.
38Sahitya Sanstha Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, Udaipur9341127Sanskrit/DevnagariPaperPurāṇa, Jyotiṣa, Śilpa,Vāstu, Kāvya, Kāmaśāstra,
39Sankara Mutt, Kancheepuram 3232458890803Sanskrit/ Grantha, Devangari,Telugu Paper, palm leavesVeda,Vedāṅga, Dharmasśāstra, Purāṇa, Darśana, Āgama,Tantra, Stotra, Jyotiṣa, Gaṇita,
40 Saraswati Bhawan Library, Sampuranand Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya,
Varanasi
11133937585185638Sanskrit, Hindi,Devnagari, Sarada, Bangla Granth and MaithiliPaper/Palm leave
Veda,Vedāṅga, Dharmasśāstra, Itihāsa, Purāṇa, Darśana, Āgama,Tantra, Stotra, Jyotiṣa, Gaṇita, kalā, Śilpa,Vāstu, Kāvya, Alanṅkāra, Nāṭyaśāstra, Saṅgīta, Vyākaraṇa, Kośa, Āyurveda, Arthaśāstra, Jain literature &Philosophy, Dhanurveda, Pańji, Citra, Deśibhāśā and Misc.
41Scindhia Oriental Research Instt., Ujjain4190227356350Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi, Rajasthani, Parasi, Prakrit, Ardhamagadhi, Gujarati/ Devnagari, Sharda, Telugu, Urdu PaperVeda,Vedāṅga, Dharmasśāstra, Itihāsa, Purāṇa, Darśana, Āgama,Tantra, Stotra, Jyotiṣa, Gaṇita, kalā, Śilpa,Vāstu, Kāvya, Alanṅkāra, Nāṭyaśāstra, Saṅgīta, Vyākaraṇa, Kośa, Āyurveda. Jain literature & Philosophy.
42Shri Chaitanya Research Instt., Calcutta 17071500110Sankrit/ Devnagari, Bengali, EnglishDharmasśāstra, Itihāsa, Purāṇa,
43Shri Ranbir Sanskrit Research Instt., Jammu5437507278918Sanskrit/ DevnagariHandmade paper/ Kashmiri PaperVeda,Vedāṅga, Dharmasśāstra, Itihāsa, Purāṇa, Darśana, Āgama,Tantra, Stotra, Saṅgīta, Vyākaraṇa, Kośa, Āyurveda.
44Sree Jagadguru Mooru Savira Math, Hubli4428320075Kannada and Sanskrit/ Kannada & Grantha
Paper/Palm leavesVedāṅga, Dharmasśāstra, Itihāsa, Purāṇa, Darśana, Āgama,Tantra, Stotra, Jyotiṣa, Gaṇita, Kāvya, Alanṅkāra, Nāṭyaśāstra, Saṅgīta, Vyākaraṇa, Kośa, Āyurveda. .
45Sri Rama Verma Govt. Sanskrit College, Tripunithura3661296300467Sanskrit/Grantha,
Malayalam
Paper/Palm leaves
Veda,Vedāṅga, Dharmasśāstra, Itihāsa, Purāṇa, Darśana, Āgama,Tantra, Stotra, Jyotiṣa, Gaṇita, kalā, Śilpa,Vāstu, Kāvya, Alanṅkāra, Nāṭyaśāstra, Saṅgīta, Vyākaraṇa, Kośa, Āyurveda.
46Thanjavur Maharaja Sarfoji Saraswati Mahal Library, Thanjavur13042496166821Sanskrit/ Grantha, Telugu, DevnagariPaper/ Palm leavesVeda,Vedāṅga, Dharmasśāstra, Itihāsa, Purāṇa, Darśana, Āgama,Tantra, Stotra, Jyotiṣa, Gaṇita, kalā, Śilpa,Vāstu, Kāvya, Alanṅkāra, Nāṭyaśāstra, Saṅgīta, Vyākaraṇa, Kośa, Āyurveda.
47Vaidika Samsodhana Mandala, Pune14393633039991Sanskrit/ DevnagariPaperVeda,Vedāṅga, Dharmasśāstra, Itihāsa, Purāṇa, Darśana, Āgama,Tantra, Stotra, Jyotiṣa, Gaṇita, Kāvya, Alanṅkāra, Vyākaraṇa, Kośa, Āyurveda.
48Vrindaban Research Instt., Vrindaban142477310Sanskrit/ DevangariPaperKāvya, Saṅgīta (Gita Govinda)
49Yumnam Dhananjoi Singh Collection, Imphal4225294Sanskrit, Bengali, Meitei/ BenglaPaperSaṅgīta ( Music)
50Utterakhand Sanskrit Academy, Sanskrit Bhawan, Haridwar100350356116Sankrit/ DevangariPaperVeda,Vedāṅga, Dharmasśāstra, Itihāsa, Purāṇa, Darśana, Āgama,Tantra, Stotra, Jyotiṣa, Gaṇita, Kāvya, Alanṅkāra, Vyākaraṇa, Kośa, Āyurveda.
Total Collection2780241377637821506
Sl.NoName of the Institute/LibraryMss.Covered
Folios CoveredMicrofilm RollsLanguage/Script
MaterialSubjects Covered
1Suniti Kumar Chatterjee Collection1823060053
2Hari Katha Collection
160


1980033
3Jai Dev Singh Collection1771500025
4Heera Manik Collection
13900014
5Charar-e-sharif
724004
6Lokesh Chandra618003
7Tibbatan Mss.612002
8K.D.R. Pandey Collection2124004
9Special Rare Collection16960019
10C.V. Pandey12101
11Rare Collection1322340040
12Palm Leaves3130006
13National Museum318003
14Cent. Coun. For Research in Ayurveda & Siddha2120022
15Misc.77
Total Collection

795121410216
Total Collection2788191389778821722
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Some of the reprographic material of various primary and secondary texts has also been obtained from many renowned institutions abroad such as –

Bibliotheque Nationale (Paris)

Cambridge University Library (Cambridge)

Staatsbibliothek (Berlin)

INION (Russia)

Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine (London)

Oriental & India Office Collection, British Library (London)

Access to IGNCA Manuscripts Collection

Scholars and researchers can access this microfilm/microfiche collection at the IGNCA. They can also obtain copies, subject to copyright restrictions, and indeed the conditions spelt out in the MOUs signed between IGNCA and concerned manuscript Library. As a general practice, one need to seek permission of concerned library to obtain a copy of the manuscript from IGNCA Collection. Copies are being made available in Digital / Microfilm / Print formats on charge basis. The consultation to all above manuscripts at IGNCA Reference Library is open to all without any charges. Online catalogue of these manuscripts will be made available soon. More details regarding above collection and its access can be had from:

Librarian & Head-Kala Nidhi Division
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