National Archives, Kathmandu

Institution
Short name: NAK
Alternative names: Bir Library
Located in: Kathmandu

The National Archives, Kathmandu hosts the microfilm collections created by the Nepal-German Manuscript Preservation Project (NGMPP, 1970-2001). (The other host is the Staatsbibliothek, Berlin, where copies are only issued to scholars of German nationality because of the Nepal-German contract terms.)

In 2003, the successor Nepal-German Manuscript Cataloguing Project (NGMCP, 2002-2014) published printed handlists of the index cards that were prepared during the filming process of the NGMPP:

  • Preliminary List of Manuscripts, Blockprints and Historical Documents Microfilmed by the NGMPP, Part 1 (excluding Tibetan Material and Historical Documents) (Hamburg, 2003).
  • Preliminary List of Manuscripts, Blockprints and Historical Documents Microfilmed by the NGMPP, Part 2: Tibetan Material (Release 1) (Hamburg, 2003).

Some more details of these volumes are given at the NGMCP website.

Subsequently, these short entries were converted into,

  • two online short-title catalogues, one of Indic materials and one of Tibetan materials
  • a descriptive catalogue of Indic manuscripts presented through a Wiki interface. This catalogue presented significantly enriched descriptive cataloguing metadata provided over the years of the NGMCP project.

These resources are available at the NGMCP search website.

A database based on the short-title catalogues is also hosted at the NAK. (Some diacritical marks are encoded in non-standard ways, making searching erratic.)

Last update: 13.09.2020 - 02:43
Suggested citation: Wujastyk D. "National Archives, Kathmandu." Pandit. <panditproject.org/entity/102309/institution>. Updated on September 13, 2020 02:43 am IST.
Contributors: Dominik Wujastyk