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Archives exhibition showcases history of Assam

Guwahati , Sat, 04 Jun 2011 ANI

Guwahati, June 4 (ANI): In an endeavor to spread awareness among students and scholars about archives, Assam recently hosted its annual archive week showcasing important historical artifacts.


Organized under the aegis of Directorate of Archives, Assam, the exhibition had artifacts like maps and other documents on display that were over a 100 years old.


It was a good opportunity for the youth to connect with the past.


"The main objective of the annual archive exhibition is to spread awareness among students and scholars about archives and why are they preserved," Dharmeswar Sonwal, Director, Assam Archives.


One of the artifacts on display was a hand written letter from Mahatma Gandhi to the late Gopinath Bordoloi, the first chief minister of Assam.


There were many photographs of the apostle of peace with other freedom fighters.


Other displayed items included documents on undivided Assam and maps, pictures of political turmoil, the laying of the first Railway track in the northeast and documents on various ethnic groups.


"Children don't know that such records, government records are maintained by an organization. They know about museums and the archeological department, but have never heard of archives. So this presents an opportunity and I brought the children here so that they can learn more about archives," said Kamrul Haq, a teacher. (ANI)


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