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P.C. Joshi Archives on Contemporary History

Monday 28 May 2012

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

The Archives on Contemporary History is a small but unique historical archive of materials relating to the history of Left movements in India. It was established in 1974 by the former General Secretary of the Communist Party (1936-48), P.C. Joshi. Since 2007 it has been renamed the P.C. Joshi Archives on Contemporary History and is located in the Library Building of Jawaharal Nehru University.

The archives has published two volumes of select materials from its collection, edited by Sobhanlal Datta Gupta and entitled A Documented History of the Communist Movement in India.

The P.C. Joshi Archives on Contemporary History invites donatons of personal papers, diaries, books, collections, memorabilia and photographs from members of Communist and Socialist Parties, people broadly on the Indian Left, unions, workers, women’s groups, members of cultural troupes etc. The Archives is committed to archiving and preserving the history of the entire spectrum of the Indian Left from about the beginning of the twentieth century. It has no party affiliation and will preserve and use these materials for bonafide scholarly purposes.
For further information please visit:

or contact Janaki Nair (Chairperson)

Archives on Contemporary History

6th Floor, Library Building, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi-110067

Ph.: 2670-4552, E-mail:

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