Aitchison College has a rich past that is vital to preserve, conserve and exhibit, including invaluable historical narratives as well as documents in all forms. To honor and preserve the heritage of this astounding institute, the Archives Department has been setup to restore archive material since the College’s inception.
One of our chief aims is to collect and save personal experiences of the Alumni, Faculty and Staff in regards to their time spent in/with the College. These experiences will be documented in the shape of Oral Histories. We also wish to collect photographs, manuscripts, letters, medals or any other archival material which is related to your past in Aitchison. The Archives Centre seeks to become a bridge that connects the past with the present. It is our aim therefore that Aitchison’s Archive Centre will serve as a beacon of guidance and knowledge for the years to come.
The College Archives Society is currently examining Principals' letters from 1911 to 1933, which were personally written by Frederick Leslie-Jones and James Kelly, among other examples from key staff of the period. Kelly served as Leslie-Jones' vice for 13 years prior to assuming the reins. The original school farm occupied much of their time and concerns as it was a vital component of the school's early financial viability. 'Diseases, discipline and directives' might be a way of summing up much of the early days focussed solely on boarding life. Our Archives team is preparing a special exhibition in 2021.
Our Archives department keeps all available records and displays many of these in the New Archives Centre. The Collection is revised as more material is processed, donated or collected. Great efforts are being made to preserve and conserve our archival material as we are aware of their invaluable significance. We have also started to digitize our archives and aim to continue this process as it is vital for preservation. A vast amount of material exists in our storage such as photographs, records, manuscripts, medals, cups, trophies, letters (typed and hand written), along with various other objects and documents.
If you wish to donate/loan out or give copies of your collections to the Archives Department or make an appointment for our Oral History Interview segment, kindly email at [email protected].
On Monday 13th November, 2017, the newly established Archives’ Display Centre was officially inaugurated at the Aitchison College Mandir. The building has been sensitively utilized for showcasing Archival material. The inaugural exhibition showcased some of the earliest pieces of the College’s history from 1886 to 1953. The selected pieces provided a glimpse into life at Aitchison College before and after the 1947 Partition. The Archives Centre has been established to preserve, conserve and exhibit invaluable historical narratives and artefacts that reflect the rich past of Aitchison College. Aitchison’s Archive Centre is now a permanent feature of the College.
(The collection is increasing with time and categories are not limited to above)
The College recognises teaching staff who have served 15 years or more since 1886. The gallery is open for visits on Saturdays 9am to 12pm or by appointment made with the Alumni office.
A representative room was established to honour one of the College's iconic figures and a Pakistan hero. Major Geoffrey Langlands' memory lives on as part of the Langlands' Fund for supporting tuition fees and the basic needs of remote boarders educated at Aitchison College.
Enquiries about donations may be made to the Principal's office.
We believe that each collection is invaluable and holds great significance. Please schedule a meeting with our College Archivist to review and discuss the process of donating. You can also email at: [email protected]
We believe that each story and experience is precious. These oral histories are your personal narrations of events and experiences which you have lived at Aitchison College. These take you on a trip down the memory lane and help others to learn about the past. Please email us to schedule an appointment for the interview at: [email protected] or call between 8:00 am to 1:00 pm (Mon to Thurs) and 8:00 am to 12:00 pm (Fri to Sat) at: [92 42] 111 363 063 / Ext 431
Your collection or Oral History Interviews will be safe in our archives. These could be exhibited on our social media page or website. The archives center aims to set up exhibitions from time to time and your collections can be chosen for exhibition displays as well. Your name as the donor of the material will always be mentioned in our records. This material will not be used for profit or marketing purposes but will only be used for the purpose of College’s archive display and research. The records of the archival material given to us in any form will be securely kept in our repository. However, if you don’t want your collection or narration to be displayed or shared with the public, you may inform us accordingly.
We prefer to collect original records and materials rather than copies. It is preferred to use originals both for the purpose of readability of the document and for the proof of authenticity. We will provide to donors, free of charge, photocopies of any collection donated. In exceptional cases, the Archives will accept high-quality copies of very significant materials should a donor be unable to donate the originals.
As part of building school records, Archives, at this stage, seeks the names of boys who went from Aitchison to the following universities for undergraduate studies prior to 2013.
Please provide your name, year of graduation from Aitchison College, and the name of the University. In the case of the University of Oxford and University of Cambridge, please provide the name of your college.
Kindly send the information at [email protected]
Tel: [92 42] 111 363 063 / Ext 431
Email: [email protected]
College Museum Visiting Hours: Saturday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
For visit appointments, please send an email to the Archives Department.