'Archival Cell' was established
by Shivaji University in the year 1988 with the assistance and guidance of UGC
under VI plan. The purpose of UGC was to provide facilities for processing
archival material such as rare books, historical documents, manuscripts and the
Archival cell consists of about 50,000 rare books, which are donated by
various eminent scholars and personalities. The rare books dates from 1716 to
1950 A.D. The some of the important donations, which are available in the
Archival Cell are as below:
- Bhai Madhavrao Bagal Collection : [Social, Political Leader, Freedom
Fighter, Famous Writer and Artist] Collection consists of books on social
movement, Freedom Struggle and united India movement, Labour movement, Communism
and Socialism etc.
- Dr. Dhananjay Keer Collection : [A well known
biographer and Writer] Collection consists of biographical materials on Mahatma
Gandhi, Mahatma Jyotirao Phule, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Lokmanya Tilak,
Swatantryaveer Savarkar etc.
- Khaserao Sawant Collection : Comprises of
special collection on Religious and Spiritual books.
- Dr. B. S. Bhanage
Collection : [Ex. Vice-Chancellor of Shivaji University, Kolhapur] Consists
of books on Economics and Planning, Social Sciences etc.
Deshpande Collection : [Well known Historian and awardee of ‘Itihasbhushan’]
Comprises of special collection of rare books on History.
Auluck Collection : [Well Known Scholar] One of the biggest donated
collections having 6500 books covering areas of Hindi Literature, Language and
Culture, Marxism, Leninism and Socialism etc.
- Dr.Rajvaidya Jagtap
Collection : [‘Rajvaidya’ family of Kolhapur State] Special Collection on ‘Ayurveda’,
Ayurvedic Medicines and literature etc.
- Dr. Vilas Sangave Collection :
[Famous Social Scientist, Honoured with D.Lit. by Shivaji University, Former
Director of Chha. Shahu Research Centre, Shivaji University Kolhapur] Collection
contains books on Jain Religion and Jain Literature.
- Prof. Pednekar
Collection : [Renowned Professor of English Literature] Consists of special
collection on English Literature.
- Pandit Khuperkar Shastri Collection :
[A Learned Sanskrit Scholar from Kolhapur] Collection comprises of books on
Religion, Sanskrit, Veda, Upnishad, Grammar etc.
- ‘Vijayi Maratha’
Collection : [‘Vijayi Maratha’, a popular old newspaper started by Social
activist, Shri. Shripatrao Shinde, Kolhapur] Collection comprises of literature
devoted to Satyashodak movement of Mahatma Phule.
About 6923 Manuscripts are available in the Archival Cell on various subjects
such as Vedanta, Dharmashastra, Nyayashastra, Jotishya, Vaidak, History, Puran,
Literature, Kavya, Natak(Drama), Yoga etc. which dates back to 1353. The
manuscripts were acquired mainly from the individuals and institutions. Some of
the important collection of manuscripts is:
- Shri. V. N. Panditrao, Kolhapur
- Ingale-Kulkarni Collection
- Nirnaya Sagar Press, Mumbai Collection
- Principal B.A. Babar,Tasgaon
- Pandit Balacharya Khuperkar Shastri, Kolhapur
- Shri.B.S. Pradhan, Kolhapur
- Shrimant Ganapatrao Rajopadhye, Kolhapur
Other Archival Materials:
Besides the rare books and manuscipts different archival material is also
available in the cell. Old Newspapers Din Bandhu, Bombay (1893-1912),
Rashtraveer, Belgaum (1920-1947), Hunter, Akhand Bharat (Kolhapur), Vijayi
Maratha, Kolhapur (1919-1932), Din Mitra, Taravadi etc. The old Periodicals and
journals like Bharat Itihas Samshodak mandals quarterly, Purusharth, Vividh
Dnyan Vistar,Kirloskar, Kalyan,Sahyadri,Wangmay shobha, etc. and some of the
distinct materials like Tamprata (516 AD), Old historical coins, stone objects
from Bramhapuri (Kolhapur) excavation, facsimile copy of constitution of India
etc. are available in the Archival cell.
The Library has recently procured MINOLTA PS 7000 Publication Scanner for
digitization of rare documents. The work of digitization of Institutional
Repository is commenced.
Archival Cell has completed a project to the NMM (National Mission for
Manuscripts, Ministry of Culture, G.O.I.) for documentation of Manuscripts.
For details regarding archival cell may be had from Mr. Shafik Desai,
Conservationist at the e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.