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4.  INTRODUCTION OF ASAF JAHI RECORDS 

              Asaf Jahi records occupy the pride of place in the repository of historical  documents in the Archives. These records pertain to the Asaf Jahi period of 224 years from 1724-1948. The chequered history of the Asaf Jahi period had its ups and downs in the political arena. Within fifty years of the death  of Nizam-ul –Mulk,. Asaf Jahi (1724-1748) the first Nizam, founder of the  Asaf Jahi dynasty, his  successors lost to the Birtish, the greater parts of the territories he had administered, and were also unable to prevent the erosion of their external sovereignty, the British even made attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of their State. After the total elimination of the remanants of the Mughal Empire in 1857, Asaf Jahi rule,   hitherto functioning as Mughal Subedari, received the status of a “native state”, which continued up to its accession to the Indian Union on 17th September, 1948. The Asaf Jahi  records preserved in the Archives (estimated to be about ten million) covers a linear space of 16,800 feet, and reflect all the happenings in the political, administrative, economic, social as well as other important spheres of life.

           In fact, the  Asaf Jahi records occupy a very prominent place among the various categories of records preserved in the Archives. The Asaf Jahi records are   cohesive in their perfect series and sequence, standing out both quantitatively and qualitatively. They can be divided into the following sub-categories.

            I)     Daftar Records (records of the 14 Administrative Offices)

           II)     Secretariat Records

          III)      Muntakhabajats

          IV)     Farmans

           V)     Gazeettes

          VI)     Siyahanamas (Marriage certificates)

 

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