Balochistan Archives

By Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb|March 16, 2015|Archival collections, History, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, South Asia|0 comments

Balochistan is the largest of the four provinces of Pakistan and possesses a rich variety of languages, resources, civilization and culture. The province is located at the geographical intersection and cultural crossroads of South Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East. As a result, it is one of the richest areas in the country in terms of antiquities, archaeological sites, and historical archives.

Balochistan Archives is the custodian of official records and rare historical books pertaining to Balochistan Province. It currently hold 27,000 original files and 5300 rare books pertaining to the colonial period in Balochistan, British India, Afghanistan, and Iran.

A digital repository and mass digitization of their records is underway, under the Digitization of Historical Records of Balochsitan Archives Project.

Their website at http://balochistanarchives.gob.pk/ showcases online exhibits, digital surrogates of select materials, and a basic catalogue of their holdings.

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