Preservation of historic documents from western Nepal (EAP1485)

Aims and objectives

The project aims to digitise and prepare listing of the family papers of Mr R D Prabhas Chataut (1936-), an ethnographer and historian. His family served as priests for Nagi Malla, Khas king of western Nepal. The collection has materials comprising of the late 19th and 20th century of land documents, contracts, revenues and expenditures, loans and mortgage, government and court documents, private correspondence, astrological compendia, almanacs, and ritual texts (Sanskrit and Nepali), from Dadeldhura, Doti, Achham, and other districts in western Nepal, all hand-written, distinctly pre-modern and pre-industrial, scarcely represented in Nepal collections anywhere in the world.