Archive Analysis: Maulana Azad archive or stuff at Aligarh Muslim college
AMBER ABBAS, Department of traditions, The University of Nevada at Austin
Published on November 15, 2011
Last year, borrowed by a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation study Abroad Fellowship for India, We spent at most five seasons working in Aligarh, and I resided there full-time from belated February to mid-June. I came home in July, but unrest right at the institution following October 17 man Syed morning festivities persuaded my fast deviation and I havena€™t return until December- December once I completed my work. Fulbright-Hays structured a school organization personally with Professor Shireen Moosvi, a respected medieval historian. My personal studies are on University as well as its college students inside 1940s and 1950s, a very sensitive time in the universitya€™s very own historical past, and I also at times found challenge since I desired entry to records. With prof Moosvia€™s recommendations and sources I could to protect permissions to be effective when you look at the Sir Syed area, at the man Syed Household/ man Syed Academy and in the stacks belonging to the Maulana Azad Library.
Maulana Azad Library
To discover license to focus in the Maulana Azad room, I’d to submit a letter from Fulbright-Hays enumerating your specifications, and correspondence from your professors boss at Aligarh. These emails should really be addressed around the Librarian-in-Charge. As soon as provided consent I found myself offered a short-term library card that we am necessary to reveal everyday because I arrived in. Your bag was actually often explored emerging and going and I wasn’t allowed to look at any courses.
The Maulana Azad room might digitally cataloging the lineup but found the digital index intuitive once I was looking for released publications within the piles.
I proved helpful inside the enclosed stacks it’s incredible weeks, the librarians allow me to into those to scan manually for your origins I desired (generally school stories and pamphlets) and that I provided the project area with a few AMU exploration scholars. The piles were not air conditioned and strength got spotty. There was big admirers for the stacks yet if you can easily plan to go there through the much cooler weeks, the landscape may well be more pleasing.
Man Syed Area from the Maulana Azad Room
The man Syed place is where to consult with discover the ingredients on the past of the college. This consists of The Aligarh journal, the Aligarh Institute Gazette plus the Muslim school Gazette (available on microfilm throughout the focus for study Libraries, Chicago) not to mention Academic Council moments, manager Council hour, Sir Syeda€™s paper and books and far associated with the additional books on AMU. Actually a reputable and well- lit silent space, with an AC and many fanatics. I used to be usually the best people operating present, and I managed to hook up my laptop, and get periodic pictures associated with the resources. The man Syed place have a devoted archivist, Ramesh, but I additionally usually interacted with all the librarians into the Manuscripts area, particularly Dr. Shayesta Khan. These were unfailingly valuable.
I was seldom granted in making photocopies, and once used to do very, I had to develop the approval of this Assistant Librarian. The photocopies happen to be inexpensive (In my opinion Rs. 1/ page) and that can be generated on the floor floors associated with the Maulana Azad selection.
Man Syed Academy
Sir Syeda€™s earlier residence is converted into an organize for published and unpublished stuff on Muslim traditions plus the school. The store is now work by historian Shan Mohammad, a specialized on AMU. I happened to be incapable of gain access to the records, being told alternately your items I had been in search of (products from 1930s and 1940s) didn’t can be found, or that because they comprise in the process of modernizing the indexes i might stop being allowed to utilize the gallery. Used to do need many of the large collecting written e-books and loved employed in the best researching room.
Independent of the MA room, you will find another big number of Persian manuscripts, historical paper and publications and records on property of Nawab Rahmatullah Khan Sherwani (Nawab Sahib) when you look at the Muzammil Manzil. Aspect of their property is the a€?Blossomsa€? School. He has got over 2000 listed Persian compositions on a range of subject areas but he could be especially looking for Persian poetry.
The Nawab Sahib is definitely bedridden, but hires a full time librarian. The easiest way to attain him is through Mehr Ilahi (ph. 05712709453) whos a retired AMU librarian. Mehr Ilahi resides on the grounds of Muzammil Manzil behind a little bit of cafe named Aligarh Durbar and you can go into that cafe and ask for your or write a message for your if you’re unable to contact him about phone.
Another useful choice is at the ibn-Sina Academy in Dodhpur, Aligarh. This exclusive (accessible to the public) library happens to be owned by teacher Hakim Zillur Rahman and is targeted on Unani Medicine (Unani Tibb), Muslim records, poetry together with the reputation of Sir Syed and AMU. He’s got a lot of copies of college Hall magazines that Having been incapable of find someplace else. He’s got a pleasant, really clean, quiet researching space that is definitely a pleasure to the office in. Furthermore, he has a Reverse Osmosis water filter in reception.
The best place is located off the biggest avenue in Dodhpur market place together with the beginning to his or her path try right opposite the house Restaurant- ita€™s the first large house on the ideal. Hakim Sahib is currently improving his own the location of increase the amount of archive and museum room and an auditorium. The selection is actually open from about 9-2 and again from 6-9 at night. It is sealed during the very hot weeks on the mid-day.
*More on this particular gallery not far off!
As a girl, finding cover for a prolonged remain in Aligarh got significantly more difficult personally than it will be for a person! There are few alternatives for unaccompanied feamales in this old-fashioned city.