Oriental Records (OR)

A rich collection of about 1.5 lakhs documents is available among the Oriental Records comprising mss, parwanas, hukums, kharitas, farmans, etc., in Persian, Arabic, Urdu etc., Among the rare and valuable collections of documents are the Fort William College Collection, Inayat Jang Collection, Mathura Documents, Gujarat documents, Haldiya Papers etc., All these papers are available for consultation as per the Public Record Rules, 1997.
OR Division has a large collection of Oriental Records comprising of rare manuscripts, single unit documents and rare books in Persian, Arabic , Urdu, English , Hindi, Modi , Rajasthani, Marathi, Turkish, Bangla and in many other languages and in various scripts. Some of the major collections are:

The collection numbering to 1,37,000 (appr.) is the Official Mughal Documents. It consists of reports, day to day accounts and revenue figures which were sent regularly to the Diwan of the Deccan bythe individual Diwans of the six provinces of the Decan. The reign wise position is given as under:-

Sl. No.

Name of the emperor

Period covered





Azam Shah



Shah Alam Bahadur Shah I

1707- 12


Jahandar Shah

1712- 13


Farrukh Seyar

1713- 19


Rafiud Darajat



Rafiud Daulah



Muhammad Shah



Ahmad Sha



Shah Alam II


 A collection of 1060 documents in Persian and Urdu. These documents throw light on the political role of the Haldia family in Rajasthan.

There are approximately 14,000 other documents in different oriental languages especially in Persian and Urdu. These documents are related to different regions and deal with different aspects of polity, society and culture. For example:-

 About 400 manuscripts mainly in Arabic Persian , Urdu, Sanskrit , Sharda and Bangla etc. on different subjects such as religion, history, lexicon, literature, biography, agriculture and medical science etc. The manuscripts are dating back to 10th century down to the 20th century.

  Books acquired by way of purchse or gift:-

About 300 books in Persian, Urdu, Hindi and other Oriental Languages which deal with different subjects like religion, history, literature, biography, agriculture and medical science, traveloguesetc

An important collection of OR Div. is FWC Collection of books and manuscripts. This important collection has been inherited from the British East India Company through its prestigious College of Fort William at Calcutta. Major part of the collection was taken back to India Office library, London and remaining manuscripts and books were transferred to the then Imperial Record Office (Presently National Archives of India). The collection comprises of about 200 mss and 1000 books and has very important works. This valuable collection in Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit and Bengali cover subjects like, religion, lexicon, epistolography, literature, history, animal husbandry, astrology, medical sciences etc. The chronological range of this collection is 10th century to 19th century. Some of the worth mentioning titles are: Tarfsir Fath al-Aziz, Jawahar al Tafsir, Fatwa-i-Alamgiri, Fatawa Ibrahim Shahi, Fath al-Qadir, Futuhat-i-Makkiya, Tasawwuf-i-Shi’i, Razm Nama, Bhagwat Gita, Zabur, Zakhirat al-Muluk, Dabistan-i-Mazahib, Shamail al-Nabi, Bahar-i-Ajam, and many more important works of Lexicons .
(All the collection of documents, manuscripts and books are arranged as per their accession Nos. except the Fort William College Collection of Books and Manuscript (recently transferred from NAI library to OR Div.) which is kept as per their Serial Nos.)

Besides providing records to the scholars, OR Division is engaged in preparing reference media and bringing out publications based on its record holdings. So far 40 publications have been brought out. A brief list of these publications is as under: