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Private Record Acquisition

The Private Archives collection in the U.P. State Archives Lucknow consists of documents, manuscripts and rare printed books. The collection is related to medieval Indian History, World Religion, Philosophy, Persian and Urdu literature, Mysticism and Culture.

The documents are in Persian, Urdu and English. These documents form some of the primary sources for Indian history. Majority of documents consist of Parwanas, Bai-namas, Rihanamas and form a rich source of information on the socio economic aspect of Medieval Indian history and provide ample material for scholars working on related topics.

Some documents are also related to the post independence period and contain correspondence of political personalities of India.


Approximately 2922 documents such as private papers, rare books, typed scripts, newspaper clippings, microfilms etc.

Period Covered

Early 17th century to 20th century

Total Holdings

Printed Books, Old Printed Papers, and others.

Personal Documents


Hand written epics


Typed script


Photostat documents


Photostat volumes


News paper clippings




Nishan of Prince Khurram.


Important Papers related to freedom movement

Chauri-Chaura Case-1922 session court decision copy.

Letter of Chandra Shekhar Azad-1922

Letters of Roshan Singh -1927

Letters of Sachindra Nath Sanyal -1916-1940

Letters of Pt. Raj Narayan Misra -1942-44

Printed copy of Bhagwad Gita written in Sanskrit & Urdu, 1930

Nishan of Prince Khurram -18 Ry (early 17th century)

Photograph of Raja Mahendra Pratap

Photograph of Raj Narayan

The Historical record of the Imperial visit to India.-1911

Detail of Private Records

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