Contemporary History Archives
This archive aims at the documentation of facets of contemporary life that normally escape direct or indirect efforts of documentation. The Kamala Surayya Archive by the KCHR for example, attempted to archive the lesser known aspects of Kamala’s life, contacts, visits, friendships, meetings, interviews, memories, casual acquaintances etc
Kamala Surayya Archives
KCHR is setting up Kamala Surayya cubicle in its Contemporary History Archives to house memories, documents, photographs etc related to her life and writings. We welcome you to contribute towards the Kamala Surayya archives if you have any of the details on Kamala’s life, contacts, visits, friendships, meetings, interviews, etc. Even recollections of casual acquaintances can be sent, since they may bring out an unknown facet of her life/personality and make the archive more comprehensive and meaningful.
The Council requests all her friends, relatives and acquaintances to contribute their memories and other resources to the archives. The contributions would be significant source material for future research on the life and contributions of Kamala Surayya.
All documents will be preserved in the name of the contributors and it will be mandatory for researchers to acknowledge the contributions. There will be facility to keep documents confidential for a specified period if any one so desires. Contributors will also have the right to restrict their contributions exclusively for academic research.
KCHR also welcomes photographs, letters or such other material for digital preservation. The Council will undertake their digitization and return the original with a digital copy.
Memories/documents/photographs can be sent by post or email. To ensure factual consistency in the documentation of the sources, we would appreciate your making use of the formats given below.
Format for submitting memories
Format for submitting documents & photographs
Till today We have a collection of books written by Kamala Surayya under contemporary history archives.
Archives on Family Histories and Biographies
The Archives of Malayali Family Histories and Biographies is an ongoing local history research initiative. KCHR has a unique collection of Malayali family histories, biographies, 'grantavari' and 'nalvazhi'. KCHR provides academic assistance for family history research and biography writing.
List of Family Histories available in KCHR Archive
List of Biographies availabe in KCHR Archive
Local History Archives
Academic and organizational support is being offered to Local Self Government institutions and cultural organizations in Kerala for writing and mapping the local history and cultural heritage of a village/Panchayath/institution. This includes activities like survey, data collection, analysis, compilation, editing, and publication.
List of Local Histories available in KCHR Archive
In an attempt to facilitate research in social sciences, KCHR is creating a bibliographic database which provides a bibliography on various areas related to Kerala Studies.Scholars can e-mail bibliographies to firstname.lastname@example.org for possible inclusion in the database.
Format for submitting M.Phil./PhD. dissertations on Kerala
KCHR always welcomes contributions from the public towards KCHR Archives.All documents will be preserved in the name of the contributors.There will be facility to keep documents confidential for a specified period if any one so desires. Contributors will also have the right to restrict their contributions exclusively for academic research.
For further details, contact:
Kerala Council for Historical Research
PB No. 839
Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan,
Kerala - 641035
Phone no: +91+ 471-2310409,