family in Kannur was the one and only Muslim dynasty who ruled over Cannonore,
played a prominent role for many centuries in the Historical events of
Malabar. Due to the fragmentation of the family and other reasons the
abode of the ruling family and the records in their custory were in a
dilapidated condition withput care. These records are dating back to 18th
century AD. The records kept at the Arakkal ruling family show that they
had maintained Marine trade relations with other parts of the world. As
part of an agreement with the present family members of the Arrakkal family
records of the Arakkal dynasty were acquired by the Kerala State Archives
and kept at Regional Archives, Kozhikode.
was under the direct rule of the British as it was a part of Madras Presidency.
Hence the Kerala related records relating to Malbar were under the custody
of the Tamil Nadu Archives. The department had arrived at an agreement
with Tamilnad Archives andmthe Tellichery and Anjengo Factory records
(AD 1714-1802) will acquired shortly along with their microfilm copies.
It is expected that those records will be available for research from
the last quarter of 2004.
Central Archives, Thiruvananthapuram has a rich and enormous collection
of Palm leaf documents in churuna and Gfandha form dating back from relating
to Travancore history written in old script of Kerala namely Vattazhuthu,
Kolezhuthu, Malayanma, Old Tamil etc. This is a unique connection in the
world of its kind and mostly dealt with Political, Social and Cultural
history of middaval Kerala especially Travancore. The Department have
decided to implement a project for the digitalization, transcription or
translation and Conservation of these records in a phased manner of which
the first phase has been started.
Department has also initiated action to transfer the records from Government
Secretariat, Thiruvananthapuram from 1956 onwards to the Directorate of
Archives. Thiruvananthapuram. These records will be transferred to State
Exhibitions and National Level Seminars are organised to arouse Archival
consciousness among the public and the academic community in particular
ĎArchives Week Celebrationsí are organised in the month of November every
year as part of the International Archives Week Celebrations of the International
Council on Archives.
in Record Management and Conservation of Records are organised for the
benefit of the officers working in the record rooms of Government Secretariat,
Public Service Commission, Various Govt. Departments etc.
advice is given to private Institutions and individuals for the Preservation
of old records