Thavamani Thevar's Collection of Tamil Customary Law Documents [1645-1971]

This collection consists of handwritten documents belonging to Thavamani Thevar. These documents written to his father (Pinna Thevar, 1896-1971) and grand father (Ananji Thevar, 1838-1918) in their capacity as traditional headmen of the Pramalai kallar sub caste. These documents consist of petitions, descriptions of conflicts having occurred in villages under the traditional legal jurisdiction. The conflicts ranged from unpaid loans, inheritance, breaking the customary marriage rules, theft, adultery, rape, murder. This collection also contains copperplates from the mid 17th century issued by the Nayakkar ruler Tirumalai Nayakkar to the forefather Pinna Thevar, the first holder of the title of headman to the Pramalai Kallar subcaste. All of the documents are kept in.

230 handwritten and printed paper documents, 11 school notebooks, 3 copper plates.

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  • Muthukannu Thevar's collection of temple disputes and land transactions ...

    Collection Ref: EAP314/10
    This collection has 22 hand written documents, dealing with temple disputes, land transactions and land mortgages. ...
  • Petition Notebooks [1915-1938]

    Collection Ref: EAP314/1/2
    This series consists of hand written petitions send to Ananji Thevar and his son Pinna Thevar respectively grand father and father of the Current Document Holder Thavamani Thevar. These are contained in school notebooks (varying between 40 to 80 pages) fro ...
  • Copper plates issued by King Thirumalai Nayakar [Mid 17th century]

    Collection Ref: EAP314/1/3
    This series contains three copper plates were issued by the Nayak King Thirumalai Nayakar who rule Madurai in the middle of the 17th century to Pinna Tevar who was the first Pramalai Kallar headman bearing a royal title bestowed on him by the king. The cur ...
  • Panchayat documents [1837-1940]

    File Ref: EAP314/1/1
    Hand written petitions sent to Ananji Thevar and his son Pinna Thevar (respectively grand-father and father of the current document holder). These Petitions deal with: application for divorces, agreement for divorce by the village headman, notice of the di ...
  • Petition Notebook 1 [1915-1916]

    File Ref: EAP314/1/2/1
    This notebook contains 11 village names and 20 petitions dealing with conflicts over: the leasing of a house, adultery, elopement, betrothal, cash dealings, summons and judgments. ...
  • Petition Notebook 2 [1924-1925]

    File Ref: EAP314/1/2/2
    This notebook contains 14 village names and 36 petitions dealing with conflicts over: divorce, land, loan, excommunication from the caste, adultery. 80 pages school notebook: height 24.08 cm; width 19.91 cm. ...
  • Petition Notebook 3 [1924-1930]

    File Ref: EAP314/1/2/3
    This notebook contains 10 village names and 19 petitions dealing with conflicts over: adultery, marital strife, captivation and elopement. 40 pages school notebook: height 24.08 cm; width 19.91 cm. ...
  • Petition Notebook 4 [1925-1950]

    File Ref: EAP314/1/2/4
    This notebook contains 2 village names and 11 petitions dealing with conflicts over: adultery; daughters in-law not respecting their mother-in-law, inter-caste marriage, murder, theft. 40 pages school notebook: height 24.08 cm; width 19.91 cm. Cover is mis ...
  • Petition Notebook 5 [1926-1927]

    File Ref: EAP314/1/2/5
    This notebook contains 9 village names and 15 petitions dealing with conflicts over: marriage, theft, rape; adultery. 40 pages school notebook: height 24.08 cm; width 19.91 cm. ...
  • Petition Notebook 6 [1929-1930]

    File Ref: EAP314/1/2/6
    This notebook contains 7 village names and 20 petitions dealing with conflicts over: theft, family dispute, rape, adultery. 40 pages school notebook: height 24.08 cm; width 19.91 cm. ...
  • Petition Notebook 7 [1929-1930]

    File Ref: EAP314/1/2/7
    This notebook contains 7 village names and 29 petitions dealing with conflicts over: theft, family strife, loans, food crops dealings, land , shares of the harvest, murder, divorce. 64 pages school notebook: height 24.08 cm; width 19.91 cm. ...
  • Petition Notebook 8 [1934-1936]

    File Ref: EAP314/1/2/8
    This notebook contains 6 village names and 13 petitions dealing with conflicts over: adultery, marriage strife, lack of social cohesion. 64 pages school notebook: height 24.08 cm; width 19.91 cm. ...
  • Petition Notebook 9 [1936-1937]

    File Ref: EAP314/1/2/9
    This notebook contains 9 village names and 18 petitions dealing with conflicts over: marriage, domestic strife, elopement, rape, cash dealings, adultery. 40 pages school notebook: height 24.08 cm; width 19.91 cm. ...
  • Petition Notebook 10 [1937-1938]

    File Ref: EAP314/1/2/10
    This notebook contains 6 village names and 20 petitions dealing with conflicts over: Family strife, loan, traditional marriage rights, dowry, asset settlement for second wife. 64 pages school notebook: height 24.08 cm; width 19.91 cm. ...
  • Petition Notebook 11 [1949-1950]

    File Ref: EAP314/1/2/11
    This notebook contains 6 village names and 13 petitions dealing with conflicts over: marriage, excommunication from the caste. 40 pages school notebook: height 24.08 cm; width 19.91 cm. Cover is Missing. ...