Keeping in view the unwillingness of the collectors or holders of the historical documents and manuscripts (which they had been preserving since centuries from the time to their ancestors) to donate them to the National Archives, an Archives Purchase Committee was instituted in order to institutionalise this process of the acquisition of the valuable historical documents and manuscripts in 1957 which began to offer token price only under which nomenclature that first meeting of this Committee was held yielding some dividends. Thereafter in 1959 its name was slightly modified to Historical Manuscripts Purchase Committee and it was finally rechristened as Historical Documents Purchase Committee since 1961.
The aims and objects of the Committee are to acquire the documents and manuscripts either through gift or purchase for which its regular meetings are held. So far 52 meetings have been held within half a century. The present constitution of the Historical Documents Purchase Committee may kindly be seen at Annexure ‘A’. The HDPC has its own advantage/ importance which can be easily judged from its extraordinary achievement of acquiring more than 1,60,000 historical documents and manuscripts especially acquiring an extremely important, enormous historical collection of official Mughal records known as the Inayat Jung collection numbering 1,37,777.
Numerous other significant series of documents of historical value have, however, also been acquired through the HDPC as can be see at Annexure ‘B’, the HDPC has also acquired more than 200 manuscripts of tremendous historical importance. These acquired holdings procured through HDPC are extremely useful in providing help and meaningful material for research scholars.
Recently the HDPC has recommended the acquisition of 3 important collection from Jammu containing approximately 550 ancient manuscripts and rare books mostly in Sanskrit, Sharda, etc. For a sum of Rs. 10.00 lakhs only. (Reconstitution of HDPC)