Ramdas Sen (1845-87)
of Baharampur, West Bengal
was a noted writer and scholar. He was member of the Asiatic Society of Bengal,
the Sanskrit Text Society of London, the Oriental
Academy of Florence, the Societa Asiatica Italiana, Royal
Society of Great Britain and many other learned societies.
He was a discerning collector of old and rare Bengali and Sanskrit books.
His collection of about 3500 books was donated to the National Library in
1951. The collection is rich in books on history, literature, philosophy and
religion. It has some rare items like Rennel’s
Bengal Atlas (1770). It also has around
75 Bengali and Sanskrit manuscripts.
Barid Baran Mukherjee
Barid Baran Mukherjee (1874-1940) was a doctor and book collector,
with a library of around 50,000 books. He bequeathed 30,000 books to
Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata, and 3000 to the National Library.
The collection contains many rare items on Indian history and culture.