KP Archives & Libraries Job 13 Mar 19, Assistant, Computer Operator
Records which cease to be current but continue to be informative and important are called archives. It is only when its current use comes to an end its archival value begins, its importance as raw material of history and as source of inspiration and guidance for administrators and statements cannot be exaggerated. The value of archives lies in the fact that it is not only a record of the past but it presents a picture of the whole relationship of men involved in arriving at a particular decision. Hence there is need for the preservation of archives as an evidence of history so that historical knowledge could be improved in the light of better and better methods.
Being realized its significance and the strategic position of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa the then NWFP, in August, 1946, a separate Directorate of Archives, then called the “Central Record Office” was set up in the Victoria Memorial Hall (Now called Peshawar Museum on the recommendation of Indian Historical and Record Commission.
The reasons for the establishment of Central Record Office was for the concentration and preservation of official record, advancement of historical research in the province and to restore all the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa record previously transferred to the custody of the Imperial Record Department Delhi.
Prof: S. M. Jaffar its first custodian was deputed to Delhi to restore the official record of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa lying in custody of Imperial Record Department, India. The process of shifting of record was completed in July, 1947, just before the holocaust that followed the partition of India. The office remained in the Victoria Memorial Hall till 1973. In 1973 the Archives Department was shifted to the Divisional Council Hall, Shahi Bagh, Peshawar