The objective of the Centre’s archival division is to provide an archival service with a national, international and institutional outlook. Hence it seeks to acquire and preserve for posterity intrinsically important records and data for research, teaching, learning and lifelong educational and community service.
Of particular interest are the records of the Indentured Indian Immigrant records. The Indenture Scheme under which the Indians came during 1860-1911 is marked by a strict record of each immigrant documenting, when he/she came, the area they came from (India), age, sex, caste, height, name of ship, employer etc. These records are available to trace one’s ancestry. This facility to trace one’s Heritage and family is unique in the country.
As part of its ongoing service the Centre encourages private organisations, individuals and families to donate their private papers for safe keeping and make them available through a highly advanced automated system of information storage and retrieval system. Through this it hopes to draw regional, national and international spotlight on new and exciting research material.