Sir Jadunath Sarkar Collection

Jadunath Sarkar (1870-1958) was a leading historian, specialising in the Mughal period. His collection contains some 2500 rare items, including books, periodicals, pamphlets, off-prints from journals, manuscripts, photocopies of manuscripts and maps. The books are on history, mainly Mughal and British history. Major works on Shivaji and the Marathas, the Rajput kingdoms and the Revolt of 1857 are part of the collection.

The collection also includes many typed copies of French works on India and Persian works translated into English by Jadunath Sarkar himself. Some of the rare and important works are Fatuhat-i-Alamgiri, Delhi Chronicle (1738-1798), Oudh Akhbarat (1786), Jaipur Records, Bengal Affairs (1739-1752), the Marathi Sources (1732-1789), and a biographical dictionary of post-Aurangzeb’s rulers. The collection also has some rare maps of the Mughal Empire.

S. N. Sen Collection

Surendra Nath Sen (1890-1962) was an eminent historian, Head of the Department of History, Calcutta University, and Keeper of Records of the Government of India (1939), later styled the National Archives of India. He was also Vice Chancellor of the University of Delhi (1950).

This collection of 3620 books have English, Bengali, Marathi and Portuguese titles. The majority of the books are on history. It has some rare journals of different learned societies. The Marathi books are known to be rare historical sources.

Sapru Collection

The noted jurist Tej Bahadur Sapru (1878-1949) played an important role in the transition of power from the British Government to the proposed Indian and Pakistani Governments. In 1952 his heirs donated the dossier of his correspondence, consisting of several thousand letters and other papers. The letters are of immense historical interest and value National Library has published an index of the letters.


A Letter from Gandhiji to Sapru