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ਚਿੱਠੀ-ਪੱਤਰ | ਸਾਵਨ-ਭਾਦੋਂ 546  Newsletter | Aug-Sep 2014
"[The archivist] exists in order to make other people's work possible, unknown people for the most part and working very possibly on lines equally unknown to him: some of them perhaps in the quite distant future and upon lines as yet unpredictable. His Creed, the Sanctity of Evidence; his Task, the Conservation of every scrap of Evidence attaching to the Documents committed to his charge; his Aim, to provide, without prejudice or afterthought, for all who wish to know the Means of Knowledge."
                                                                - Jenkinson (1948)

When a common individual thinks of the word archives, it may connote large bookcases holding innumerable records of history engulfed with dust along the vacant aisles of immense, old buildings deemed important by some selected people but archives are shedding off themselves the tag of being unapproachable and unsearchable. Archives play a significant role in preservation of a nation’s history and heritage. These systematically stored records help intellectuals to understand the evolution of a people through centuries and present it to the masses and individuals to comprehend, learn and inculcate the values held in reverence by forefathers of the nation. Archives also form a society’s collective memory. One can identify with them as they belong to one and all.

As they say that the knowledge of the past ensures a better future, archives are a passageway to the world of enormous knowledge.

In This Issue
Digital Scorecard
Wonderland for Philologists
About – Joga Singh
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Digital Scorecard
Documents digitized in Jul-Aug '14
In the months of July and August, we have digitized manuscripts, photographs, books, newspapers, postcards and maps from the collections of Punjab State Archives Department and those of Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board.
Total Pages   378,269
No. of Newspapers   813
No. of Books   541
No. of Photographs   268
No. of Postcards   40
No. of Manuscripts   3
No. of Maps   1
Wonderland for Philologists

"India is… the country of a thousand nations and a hundred tongues, of a thousand religions and two million gods, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend and the great grandmother of tradition, whose yesterdays bear date with the moldering antiquities of the rest of the nations… Our most valuable and instructive materials in history of man are treasured up in India only." - Mark Twain: Following the Equator, 1897.


News of the Month
Ad of the Month
About – Joga Singh
Joga Singh (1942-1999) was born to Pritam Singh and Kartar Kaur at Village Kahne Ke District Sangrur, Panjab. He was married to Tejinder Kaur and had a daughter and a son. He was retired from a government job. He was assistant editor of Sachitar Punjabi Patrika, Mohali. He resided in Chandigarh. He produced the following works:

Kachi Mitti Pakki Mitti (1970), Karak Kaleje Maahen (1974), Alvida, Khushamdeem (1980), Apni Mitti (1982), Hun Oh Waqt Nahin Rahe (1989), Sabooti Alwida (2000). He translated a number of works including Sounds and Signs (Aleksandr Mikhailovich Kondratov), Electronic Boy from The Portmonteau (Yevgeny Veltistov), Cybernetics within Us (Yelena Saparina), The Universe (A. Oparin and V. Fesenkov), 23 Hindi Kahaniyan (Jaindendra) and Marxism and Literary Criticism (Terry Eagleton).

He was President of Likhari Sabha Barnala. He was awarded with 'Bhai Vir Singh Puraskar' award for Alvida, Khushamdeed by Languages Department (1981). He had also been sub-editor of the quarterly Muhandra (1965-1971) with editor Pritam Singh Rahi. You can read some of his works in PDL repository.
This time, we have selected two books and three collections for adoptions. You may also choose to adopt from the complete list of books.

Raja Hari Chand Book $19 Adopt
The Secret Museum of Mankind Book $117 Adopt
Dr. Surinder Singh Collection Manuscripts $514 Adopt
Dr. Gurdarshan Dhillon Collection Books/Magazines $4745 Adopt
Baba Bedi Collection Manuscripts $10349 Adopt

PDL is also offering an opportunity to adopt three complete collections of Dr. Surinder Singh, Dr. Gurdarshan Dhillon and Baba Sarabjot Singh ji Bedi. The collections, respectively, consist of 3 manuscripts, 203 books and magazines and 85 manuscripts. Your support by adopting these collections will help us digitize around 90,000 pages and keep these collections online for all times to come.

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