activities in India began in 1891 when the old Imperial Record Department,
now known as the National Archives of India, was founded.
In 1950 the University of Mysore constituted a Regional Committee for
Survey of Historical Records; and the present Directorate of State Archives
came into existence on 3.11.1972.
The Karnataka State Archives is a repository of non-current records
of the Government and holding them in trust for the use of Administrators
“Archives” and “Records” are often used as synonymous. Records are
day-to-day transactions of individuals
and institutions, whereas Archives refer to non-current records of
kept in proper custody for the use of
Archives do not concern Government records alone. They include
Archives, Business Archives, Industrial Archives
and other Private Archives.