The Manuscripts Department of the National Library was first formed in 1937, when about 3000 manuscripts were added to the Royal Sciences Public Library of Iran. This trove then started to grow bigger thanks to the efforts of the late Dr Mahdi Bayani (the first President of the National Library) and others. By 1957, the National Library was housing 4157 manuscripts and 75 photographed documents, which increased to 5300 documents in total by 1976. After the Islamic Revolution of 1978 in Iran, the manuscripts of the Royal Library were added to the trove of the National Library and after the merger of the Islamic Revolution Cultural Documentation Organisation with the National Library, another 950 manuscripts were also transferred to it. Priceless collections such as those of the Sheikh Jaafar Shoushtari family including 537 manuscripts, the Molla Mohsen Ghazvini family including 112 manuscripts and 82 stone-prints were donated to the Library and other collections were purchased and added to the cumulative trove of the Library. By 2004, all these efforts contributed to 18,000 manuscripted books being kept at the National Library. In addition to these original manuscripts, a large number of photographed copies of manuscriptsare available in the same trove of the Library. These photographed copies are those of very rare, manuscripts which are kept at libraries abroad. Since 1973, photographing these documents and collecting the copies at the Royal Library of Sciences started. Allameh Sheikh Mohammad Khan Ghazvini, who was residing in Paris, himself prepared and sent photographs of rare Iranian books on history, literature, geography and medicine kept in French libraries and sent them over to the Royal Library of Sciences. Dr Bahman Karimi photographed a few books of the kind kept at libraries in Istanbul. Professor Mojtaba Minavi in turn photographed over 20 volumes of manuscripts and handed the photos over to the Royal Library. A few such manuscripts were also selected by Professor Mojtaba Minavi in a handful of libraries but photographed and submitted to the National Library by others. The then Ministry of Culture joined the race, bought some manuscript photos that were privately kept to help raise the size of this unique trove at the National Library of Iran. The process of accumulating microfilms of rare, exquisite books kept at other libraries or cultural centres has continued to date. A recent example is microfilming over 100 titles of rare manuscripts kept by the Jom’atol Majed Centre in Dubai.
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