Archives management at Birmapur Degree College, visit of Florus Geraedts and Elias Kanchon on 9 January 2016
July 30, 2016, 7:13 pm
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At the start of his office, in 2012, principal Md. Farhad Hossain of Birampur Degree College (BDC) took the initiative to build ARCHIVES MANAGEMENT in his institution. He is an outstanding example of how to use both his knowledge as well as his organizing capacity to introduce archives as a tool of managing information and communication in his college organisation. On 9th of January 2016 Florus Geraedts and Elias Kanchon of Bangladesh Archives & Records Management Society (BARMS) and Friends of Archives Bangladesh (FAB) visited BDC and discussed archives management and development of the archives network in Bangladesh with principal Farhad Hossain. They were impressed with the archives level at BDC. Present were too Md Jahurul Islam (above, left), lecturer English, and Md Shafiqul Islam (above right), lecturer in History. All can contribute to help establish the Archives Training Institute Bangladesh (ATIB) and participate as trainer in archives management.

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1st International Archives Day (IAD) in Kishoreganj, 9 June 2016
June 12, 2016, 11:36 am
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For the first time in history International Archives Day (IAD) was celebrated in Kishoreganj, 9 June 2016. Twenty-five participants were meeting in front of District Commissioners office & were standing with banner on the road for 30 min (see pictures). After that the participants moved to the office of Kishoreganj History & Archaeology Auditorium. Programme started on 14:30pm to end with Iftar at 17:00pm. It was organized by Amin Sadi & supported by Elias Kanchon of BARTICK. In the meeting of IADB the importance of archives & records & their preservation was discussed. Specifically it was about:
1. What are Archives?
2. What are the sources of Archives?
3. What are archival materials?
4. What is the different between Archives & Archeology?
5. What is the actual condition of Bangladesh Archives on national and international level?
6. What are interesting interesting example from Kishoregonj & Bogra?
7. What is the importance of archives and records in your personal life?
8. What is the importance of archives & records for national life & planning (hospitals, schools, union digital centers)?
9. “Better Data – Better Life” campaign.
Some of the participants:
1. Information officer, Abu Zaffor, Joyshiddi Union Parishod Ex-chairman Md. Gaishuddin,
2. Kishoregonj History & Heritage Preservation Parishad Vice-President Journalist Nazrul Islam Khairul
3. Journalist Abul Kashem, Shatabdir Konto
4. Poet Md Asraf Ali, Shatabdir Konto
5. Better road Kishoregonj Assistant Secretary journalist Shofiq,
6. Information Workers, Md. Ibrahim Sagor, Md. Fazlul Haque and especially Dr. Hira Mia,
7. Students, Md. Masum Billah, Tazin, Numan Sabid, Mostufa Kamal.
The meeting was recorded and will be published “Shatabdir Khonto” journal on 10 June 2016 .



In search of documents about the Portuguese in Bengal. Visit to Portuguese National Archives, Lisbon, by Florus & Sigfried, 9 May 2016
June 8, 2016, 10:26 pm
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On 9 May Florus and Sigfried visited National Archives of Portugal (Torre de Tombo), Lisbon. We did a preliminary research in collections about Portuguese colonial government in India: “Governo do Estado da Índia”. Our conclusion after this first introduction is that documents are available to contribute to our knowledge about European colonial rule in India / Bengal. Of special interest are:

1.     Administração Ultramarina (Overseas government)
–       Junta da Real Fazenda do Estado da Índia (period 1580 – 1828; inventory)
–       Livros das Monções (1605 – 1699; catalogue)
2.     Documentos em Bengali (Documents in Bengal language)
3.     Jesuítas na Asia (Jesuits in Asia)
4.     Cartographia (maps)
5.     Corpo chronologico século 16 – 17
(Chronological documents 16th – 17th century)
6.     Archivo Historico Ultramarino (Overseas historical archive)

My suggestion is to start doing some introductory research of your own on: = simple research
or = advanced research
with specific keywords
Some documents are digitized, so you can research them from your own computer / laptop. For example Livros das Monções  (books of the monsoons = books of the seasons) are digitized and you can research and read when doing:
Step 1. (base de dados digitarq)
Step 2. (
Livros das Monções)

If you have specific questions related to your research you can write to .Also contact Sigfried by

International Archives Day in Bangladesh, 9 June 2016
June 6, 2016, 9:41 pm
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As you know 9 June 2016 is the International Archives Day. The theme of this year is Archives, Harmony and Friendship.

BARMS is jointly organizing the Day with the National Archives THROUGH a Round Table Discussion. You are cordially invited to attend the Round Table Discussion.

Members of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), Team for Energy and Environmental Research (TEER), Bondhushova Prothom Alo  and others, like Bangladesh Legal Aid & Services Trust (BLAST) should participate in this important meeting.


Suggestions for International Archives Day Bangladesh, 9 June 2016
June 2, 2016, 10:38 pm
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The theme of the International Archives Day is “Archives, Harmony and Friendship”, see

For Bangladesh Archives Movement you may think of this:

Use of Archives will be helpful in creating political life where citizens have access to government information, in local government, in educational life, in healthcare. That will help create more openness of information; that makes people and rulers of Bangladesh more willing to respect politics, government agencies and ……. each others! This will contribute to more harmony and friendship in public life. Which is a key factor in democracy. Real reliable land registry will contribute to peace among family members, because many families now are all the time torn apart because of CONFLICT about land rights and disputes about hereditary positions.

More interest in archives, Good Governance and Democracy – think of growing concern about Right To Information and Right To Know – will result in empowering local democracy, peaceful political life. Here we can also expect more peace and harmony from publishing history BASED ON ARCHIVES related information.

IADB 9 June 2016

– Right To Information & Archives is Right To Know!
– Better Data Better Life!
– Know your Archives / Know your History / Know your Region / Know your Country!
– Know your Archives / Know your zela, upazela, union parishad!

– National Archives Bangladesh: receive MORE VISITORS / RESEARCHERS; invite pupils and students; restore exhibitions in Divisions; open the 16 District Collectorate Record Rooms.

– Open Day in National Archives Bangladesh in Agargaon.
– Open Day on Archives in Sardah Bangladesh Police Academy in Rajshahi;
– Open Day in Heritage Archives Bangladesh History in Rajshahi, Kazla Gate;
– Local Archives Movement in Kishoreganj, Shatabdir Konto;
– Local Archives Movement in Birampur / Dinajpur;
– Local Archives Movement in Bogra / Shibganj.

To be discussed with BarmS, FAB, Bondhu Shova, BARTICK, Lutful Haque, Fazle Mir, Elias Kanchon, Hasan Mahmud, Prof Mahbubur in Kazla Gate Rajshahi, Jayanti Rani Basak, Archives teacher in RU ISLM department; Dr Mezbah, Archives teacher in DU, ISLM department.

Highlighting Hertitage Archives Bangladesh History on International Archives Day Bangladesh, 9 June
May 17, 2016, 8:36 pm
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9 June 2016 International Archives Day Bangladesh (IADB) should be celebrated with special attention to Dr. Mahbubur Rahman’s Heritage Archives Bangladesh History (HABH). Please take a look at the most helpful and attractive website: HABH is a milestone in Bangladeshi Archival History: started in 1999 by prof. dr. Mahbubur Rahman in Rajshahi Kazla Gate. Partially inspired by Mahabub’s cooperation with the  Dutch prof. dr. Willem van Schendel; interviewing many persons in Bengal / Bangladesh relevant for social and political and cultural history of Bengal and Bangladesh. Acquiring important magazines, books and archival collections for social, economic, cultural and political history of Bengal / Bangladesh as a whole and in Bengal regions and also about local history. Prof. Mahbubur and his helpers like Moonlight, Yasin, Tofael, Youssuf Shikdher and several more, offer the researchers most helpful facilities to conduct their research. In whole Bangladesh you will find individuals and sometimes small groups of historians, either students of Dr. Mahabub or researchers in the Heritage Archives Bangladesh History in Kazla Gate. In this way Barm Society as well as Bangladesh Itihas Samiti for example may be grateful to dr. Mahabbur’s initiative. Important is how can the future and further development of this most important institution become secure? IADB should highlight this question.

BARMS meeting 30 april 2016 at North South University
May 8, 2016, 11:30 am
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BARMS report of 30th April 2016, venue: North South University. President Prof. Dr. Sharif Uddin Ahmed.

  1. Confirmation of the minutes of last meeting.
  2. International Archives Day Bangladesh (= IADB) 9 June 2016.
  3. Review of the grant of annual development fund for district record rooms: IMPROVEMENT of District Archives.
  4. A two day seminar and visit to record rooms in Barisal.
  5. Preservation of historical record rooms – letter to Ministry of Cultural Affairs ( = MOCA).
  6. Any other business

Special guest / participant at the BARMS meeting was Prof. Dr Nill from India (History Department NSU). Furthermore present all known BARMS members.

Dr. Sharif asked Elias Kanchon to inform the meeting about his work on archives in Kishoreganj. After informing the meeting Sharif suggested to start a program on the Kishoregonj based “Archives Records Management Research & Development Project” with BARMS & Dutch Barm support. Members of the meeting, among thema also Ali Akbar, Fazle Mir Ahmed Chowdhury, Hasan Mahmud, confirmed. Draft of the project will be written and send to Florus and Sigfried of Dutch Barm. Besides Sharif advised Hasan Mahmud to train Bondushova in ARM and when trained to do field work on local level (like Florus does).

Other topics discussed:

  1. A two-days visit and seminar on ARM will be held in Barisal after Ramadan. Eid Ul Fitr will be 7 July 2016.
  2. IADB 9th of June 2016 to be celebrated by BARMS and National Archives Bangladesh together.
  3. Need of 300 T-shirts fort his celebration.
  4. Set up Programme to investigate how to use the budget of Tk 5 lakh to be spend for IMPROVEMENT of the District Collectorate Record Rooms of the 64 districts of Bangladesh, which will be supervised / controlled by Rokon Audallah (official from Ministry??).
  5. Preservation of the so called 17 old English Record Rooms according to the letter of Cultural ministry meeting for Preservation of the Archives of those 17 District Record Rooms. According to the proposal of Dr. Sharif Uddin.
  6. These results of our meeting and some more discussions about our work of the last year can lead to the conclusion that we made some real progress .