The Archives at NCBS is a public collecting centre for the history of science in contemporary India. These are in various forms: manuscript collections (with the prefix, MS), institutional collections (NS or NI), artefact collections (AT), bibliographic collections (BB), and oral history collections (OH). The holdings range from manuscripts to negatives to photographs, books, fine art, audio recordings, scientific equipment, letters, field and lab notes.

The best way to understand the full nature of material in the collections is by visiting the detailed finding aids on our ArchivesSpace digital catalogue.

The Archives at NCBS will always be a work in progress. Collections are periodically added, revised and updated. Its growth also depends on the participation of the broader community. To contribute material or share opinions and feedback about the Archives, please do write to us at


Sample Collections


Featured Collections: Please visit our Featured Collections page for more context

MS013 BS Madhava Rao

MS014 Wayanad Prakrithi Samrakshana Samithi (WPSS)

MS015 NL Char

MS016 CP and Kusala Rajendran

MS017 NV Joshi

MS018 Prakash Gole

MS019 RJ Ranjit Daniels

MS020 Aasheesh Pittie

MS021 R Prabhakar

MS022 AN Yellappa Reddy

MS024 KS Krishnan (Physicist)

MS027 Shripad and Nandini’s Papers of Narmada Struggle

MS028 Krishnaja AP

MS029 PK Sukumaran

MS030 Ashish Chandola

MS031 Navnirmiti

MS033 Carl D’Silva

OH002 Oral Histories - History of Science (assorted)

OH003 Oral Histories - Ecology and Conservation

OH004 Oral Histories - The Life of Science collaboration

BB010 Vigyan O Vigyan Karmee

LB001 Science Reporter Magazine

SD002 Small Donations - Ecology

SD003 Small Donations - Agriculture


Other Collections