Chennai: Roja Muthiah, mirror of South India

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Chennai, Oct 30: From the 1950s to the 1980s, Roja Muthiah has collected more than 100,000 written materials including wedding invitaions, film posters, newspaper clippings, songbooks and personal diaries. “These sources are important for the reconstruction of history of common people," director of the Roja Muthiah Research Library, Sundar Ganesan, said on Wednesday, Oct 29.

In a talk organised by the Association of British Scholars (ABS), Chennai, Mr Ganesan spoke about the importance of 'Archiving Library Material and Modern Conservation Practices". With an ABS Travel Grant, Mr Ganesan recently received training at the British Library"s Conservation Centre, London.

“All latest techniques for conservation and preservation and a research and development centre are there. No chemicals are used. Instead temperature and other conditions are kept optimum and materials are monitored to keep insects away," Mr Ganesan explained.

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