Rare Documents Linked To Nehru, Shakespeare Await

Rare Documents Linked To Nehru, Shakespeare Await Proper Care At IIT Roorkee

NDTV

A rare document bearing Jawaharlal Nehru's signature in Hindi, English, and Urdu, and a priceless 1623 edition of William Shakespeare's complete works, are among thousands of historic manuscripts and unseen photographs awaiting proper preservation at IIT Roorkee's iconic library.

However, at present, the physical manuscripts and photographs are stored in basic conditions. Many important photos, such as those in the convocation album of 1950, lie unlabelled.

A rare document bearing Jawaharlal Nehru's signature in Hindi, English, and Urdu, and a priceless 1623 edition of William Shakespeare's complete works, are among thousands of historic manuscripts and unseen photographs awaiting proper preservation at IIT Roorkee's iconic library. In a visitor's notebook kept at the Mahatma Gandhi Central Library (MGCL) of IIT Roorkee, India's first Prime Minister signed his name in three languages along with the date ' November 25, 1949'. A tiny correction that Nehru made while writing his name in Hindi is what makes the document especially interesting, Dr. C Jayakumar, Librarian, MGCL told PTI. Having grown slowly since the British period, the library has a good archival collection, he said