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Madras Record Office

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Madras Record Office
Madras Record Office is located in Chennai
Madras Record Office
Location within Chennai
Alternative namesTamil Nadu Archives
General information
TypeGovernment Buildings
Architectural styleIndo-Saracenic[1]
Town or cityChennai
Coordinates13°04′35″N 80°15′37″E / 13.0764°N 80.2604°E / 13.0764; 80.2604
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Current tenantsDepartment of Archives & Historical Research
OwnerGovernment of Tamil Nadu

Madras Record Office currently known as Tamil Nadu Archives (TNA) located in Chennai is one of the oldest and largest document repository in South India. Documents stored and archived in TNA are invaluable to researchers working on post-independence Tamil Nadu or British-era Madras Presidency. In addition to British India records, TNA also houses a substantial collection of Dutch East India Company records from the late-seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and volumes relating to various southern Princely States.[2][3]


In 1805 Lord William Bentinck, the then Governor of Madras Presidency ordered the Centralization of all Secretariat records which were scattered in the various Departments of the Secretariat and appointed a Record Keeper and supporting staff to arrange, look after and to issue records promptly on requisition from various departments for reference. The records were kept in different places in the Secretariat owing to lack of accommodation until they were finally transferred to the Government Record Office (ie) “the Madras Record Office” in 1909, which later became the Tamil Nadu Archives.[4]

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topic Chennai : Consulate-General of Japan in Chennai, European International School Chennai
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  • Architecture of Chennai
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  1. Padmanabhan, Geeta (16 September 2014). "An impressive record" – via www.thehindu.com.
  2. "Tamil Nadu Archives, Chennai - Dissertation Reviews". dissertationreviews.org.
  3. Benians, Ernest Alfred; Rose, John Holland; Newton, Arthur Percival (1929). The Cambridge History of the British Empire. CUP Archive. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  4. http://www.tnarchives.tn.gov.in/aboutus.html

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