Document Collections


Tata Central Archives houses over 15 lakh print and digital documents, which are an important source for tracing the history of the Tata group and its economic and social impact on the nation.

The Document Collections include formation papers, annual reports, board minutes, business, trade and accounting records, legal matters, labour welfare measures, biographies, history projects, publications, speeches, in-house journals, advertisements, etc.

One of the oldest documents in the Archives is the Annual Report of Jamsetji Tata’s first venture, The Central India, Spinning, Weaving and Manufacturing Company Limited dating back to 1875.

Tata companies, researchers and authors can refer to these for academic and non-academic publications and exhibitions. Please do contact us with detailed requests and we will be happy to discuss the financials.

All requests are subject to review by Tata Central Archives. Documents for publication or distribution must be ordered through Tata Central Archives and cannot be reproduced, transferred, published, or posted on the internet, loaned or deposited with another individual or repository without prior written permission from the Tata Central Archives.

The following is a representation of the type of Records in the Tata Central Archives Document Collections.

The first balance sheet with the abstract of the profit and loss account of the Central India Spinning Weaving and Manufacturing Company Limited, 1875. This company was Jamsetji Tata’s first major venture set up in 1884. On January 1, 1877 the day Queen Victoria was formally proclaimed Empress of India, the Mills were inaugurated and were named “Empress Mills”.

This first J.N. Tata Endowment awarded to Dr. Freany K.R. Cama, in 1892. She went on to study Midwifery and Diseases of Women and Children at Edinburgh, U.K. and Dublin, Ireland. Dr. Cama returned to India and worked extensively in the field. This agreement is one of only two agreements signed by Jamsetji Tata, and is representative of his initiative to aid women who were interested in pursuing higher studies.

Letter written by Dadabhoy Naoroji to Jamsetji Tata in 1903, regarding raising capital for the proposed steel company. He also refers to the “Drain Theory”.

Press Clipping from the Times of India dated February 22, 1898, in the Domestic Occurrences, Bombay Marriages section, announcing the marriage of Dorabji and Meherbai Tata.

An advertisement published in the British Empire Products Number which was the Trade Supplement of the London Times in 1926. It features the Tata ventures and details of the same.

A 1951, advertisement brought out by the Tata Iron and Steel Company Limited.

A 1932 First Day Cover of the Tata Airlines inaugural flight depicting the flight route from Karachi to Chennai (Madras).

Letter written by R.D. Tata to his elder son J.R.D. Tata on December 29, 1921, giving him advice on the path to follow as he enters into his business life. He writes, “ You will find in your path many pitfalls and temptations which you will have to shun & jump over though with great difficulties. If you always keep before your eyes Truth & Honesty whatever happens you will come out safe at least you will never be discredited or dishonoured.”

Please note some of the images on the website have been digitally enhanced and requested images of documents will be provided in raw format.

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