The NMML Archive is one of the largest repositories in the country of primary and non-official/non-governmental source material for historical research on modern and contemporary Indian history and other inter-disciplinary subjects.The nucleus of the NMML Archive was formed with theacquisition of two collections viz. Jawaharlal Nehru papers and the All-India CongressCommittee papers. Around these two was built up, in duecourse of time, a reservoir of over1200 collections of personal papers of eminent leaders, freedom fighters, politicians, educationists, scientists, jurists and industrialists who contributed to the making of modern India and institutional records, acquired from different parts of India and abroad. Some of the private papers include papers of eminent personalities like M. K. Gandhi, C. Rajagopalachari, V. K. Krishna Menon, Jayaprakash Narayan, Charan Singh, Sarojini Naidu and Rajkumari Amrit Kaur. In the list of institutional records, one can find papers of the All India Congress Committee; All India Hindu Mahasabha; All India Trade Union Congress; Indian Merchants' Chamber and D.A.V. College Trust and Management Society. The records in the Archives comprise original letters, writings, speeches, notes, memoirs and diaries besides handwritten documents, typed documents, press clippings and printed material.
The Archival holdings also include more than 900 transcripts of the Oral History interviews relating to the social and political development of modern India with special reference to our freedom struggle. Some of the important transcripts of the interviews are those of Abdul Ghaffar Khan, T. T. Krishnamachari, J. B. Kripalani, KamaladeviChattopadhyaya, K. N. Katju, H. V. Kamath, I. K.Gujral and Jyoti Basu.
With the coming of Digital India and to ensure the preservation of this wealth of knowledge, the NMML is currently undertaking a digitization process that would make the material more easily accessible to all those who would like to use the NMML archives for their research.The primary objectives of digitization are:preservation of rare documents, to improve accessibility to in-house personnel, library members and scholars, to enhance searchability and to make the information available digitally. In continuation with the Digital India Initiative, the NMML Archives has also started collecting papers in soft copy. Some of the collections acquired in soft copy are INA papers, Meerut Conspiracy Case papers, Morarji Desai papers and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel papers. AllArchival collections are made available tobonafide scholars from India and abroad in the Reading Room of the Manuscripts Section.