Tata Steel Archives is yet another pioneering effort put in by the Company to help conserve and document its illustrious history in the form of books, reports, letters, images and other forms of documentation. It has approximately 15 lakhs of original documents as records. The archival records are preserved with the help of processes like fumigation, de-acidification, mending, encapsulation and microfilming. In order to retrieve documents accurately at greater speed, they have been digitized.
Tata Steel Archives has two repositories. The Archives houses approximately 15 lakh original documents as records. Over one lkah of documents have been digitized for easy retrieval at a greater speed. The documents have been classified under the following headings:
Tata Personalities | Tata Sons Ltd | Formation of Tata Steel | Prospecting License | Tariff Record | Donations | General Manager’s Correspondence | Foreign Tour Report | Mines & Collieries | Personnel Files | Technical Training | Annual Reports | In-house Journals
Apart from documents, there are 1,243 video cassettes. Audio-visual materials include the then-Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s participation in the Golden Jubilee celebration, Shyam Benegal’s documentary on 75 years of Tata Steel, made in 1982, etc
The valuable archived documents have facilitated to develop several books, brochures, articles, journals, documentaries, heritage communication and exhibitions. Books like ‘A Century of Trust’ and ‘The Birth of Indian Profession’ , documentaries such as ‘Keepers of Flame’ made by Zafar Hai, etc. has been published using the past records of the company.
Tata Steel Archives facilitates research study for researchers and academics who wish to consult Company’s records for their study. Many renowned scholars have accessed Tata Steel Archives’ research material, to complete their ongoing literary ventures, including ‘The House of Tata Meets the Second Industrial Revolution’, an article written by Chikayoshi Nomura. Researchers and scholars who wish to visit the Archives can plan a visit after receiving a written confirmation from the authorities. One should email the request along with an identity proof and a letter of introduction from the respective institution or organization to firstname.lastname@example.org