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New scholarly archives resource on Balochistan
February 24, 2020 - 18:48
The Balochistan Archives (Pakistan) is now avaliable online on its homepage http://balochistanarchives.gob.pk/home and its Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/balochistanarchives.
The website is an information portal on documents of historical significance for scholars, civil servants, and citizens interested in the history, culture, and politics of Balochistan Province, Pakistan. Currently Balochistan Archives hold more than 27,000 original files, 5,000 rare books and manuscripts, and 300 rare maps pertaining to Balochistan, Afghanistan, Iran, and the Persian Gulf. These collections reveal the policies and practices of tribal management and frontier governance on the North West Frontier of India. In addition, the records of Balochistan Archives shed light on the conduct of British relations with Afghanistan, Iran, and the Persian Gulf and drawing of regional boundaries such as the Goldsmid Line (1872), Durand Line (1893), and Baloch-Afghan Boundary (1896). The website has several features of interest to scholars including a searchable catalogue of its holdings, finding aids to the collections, and a digital collection of select books, manuscripts, maps, and genealogies.