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Visit of Finance Minister Abul Mal Abdul Muhit to Heritage Archives, Rajshahi.
September 4, 2011, 6:20 pm
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August 19, Heritage Archives (HA) in Rajshahi was honoured with the visit of Finance Minister Abul Mal Abdul Muhit for launching the Heritage website (http://heritagearchivesbd.org/). HA has already earned trust from the people. It now receives collections on a regular base, Heritage Bhaban (building) was extended recently and now HA got a new boost with the launching of the website.
Heritage Archives was established on 23 of March 2002 in Rajshahi (300 km. west of Dhaka) by History professor dr. Md. Mahbubur Rahman from Rajshahi University, Secretary of BARM Society. It is an independent professional depository of important documents, photographs, leaflets, posters, private correspondences, journals and periodicals, magazines, local history books and audiovisual and digital items. It aims at creating a new type of open, service-oriented and user-friendly archives in Bangladesh. Although not that big, HA can be compared with the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam (IISG) for its focus is on:
1. Social movements (pro-democracy, labour, students, peasant, women, environmental, Islamic, nationalist, human rights) and
2. Social transformation (emergence of NGO’s, urban growth, new entrepreneurial groups, labour migration, popular culture).
For that reason, professor Willem van Schendel, head of Asia Department of IISG, visited HA more than once for research reasons.
HA recently received a donation of about 20 meters long records from a retired professor of Rajshahi University. Mostly rare periodicals, little magazines, journals and rare books on Bangladesh.
The volume of collections in the Heritage Archives is increasing day by day. The immediate task is to make the classifications of the collections. Till now professor Mahbubur Rahman himself used to make the classifications and enlisting them. But because of the time consuming work volunteers are helping Mahbabur with the technical works. Volunteers are mostly students of Mahbabur of Rajshahi University and they stay in HA for a certain period. Heritage Archives has reached to such a position that it can not depend anymore on volunteers only. It now needs a full time cataloger, a computer operator and a researcher who in the future could be the replacement of professor Mahbabur Rahman in HA. At the moment HA is not financially able to appoint any permanent staff. So Financial support is badly needed. Also for the survival of Heritage Archives BARM Society (Bangladesh) and Bangladesh Archives and Records Management in the Netherlands are working firmly together. Visit of Abul Mal Abdul Muhit is considered as a big support for Heritage Archives.

Finance Minister Abul Mal Abdul Muhit writing in the visitor´s register, professor Mahbubur Rahman standing to the right of the minister


Posters of Mayor Khairuzamann Liton, actual Mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation (left) and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, father of the nation, founder of the Awami League (right)


Finance Minister Abul Mal Abdul Muhit opening Heritage Website


Staff and volunteers of Heritage Archives

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