Conservation Centre

Laboratory
For preservation and conservation of the age-old deterioting manuscripts a conservation laboratory at the headquarters was established in 1992 that commenced its work with the assistance of the technically skilled staff and soon it became a centre for conservation for all the manuscripts deposited in our repositories and proved helpful in guiding the sister institutes also.
Conservation is processed by way of both the methods- preservative and curative. To adopt the former, the manuscripts wrapped in papers, placed within cardboards and again tied in red clothes are kept in huge steel almirahs under the supervision that keeps the climatic conditions controlled. The use of naphthalene balls, paradychlorobenzine and other measures are applied for preventions.
Treatment of dry and wet manuscripts by cleaning, fumigation, deacidification, lamination and repairing are the curative methods applied to the damaged manuscripts.

Microfilm & Digitalization Unit
 
By courtesy of the American Ford Foundation, New Delhi an independent microfilm unit was installed in the Institute in 1985 with a view to microfilm those manuscripts which either are in a deterioting or brittled condition or those illustrated manuscripts which are considered to be the best specimen representing the different schools of miniature paintings. It also aimed to microfilm, with the help of portable unit, scattered manuscripts in the state as also some important manuscripts from the other Govt. or private repositories Digitalization work is continued in Head Quarter Jodhpur from July 2008.

Computer Section
An exhaustive survey work of the scattered manuscripts under the various schemes of National Mission for Manuscript, New Delhi is being conducted by the Institute & processing of the collected data through computer is also being carried.