Archive │ Library │ Museum


Libraries, museums, and archives can look like similar repositories that house cultural resources. But they have fundamental differences in what they collect, store and preserve. As well as how they organise the materials and documents, and how the institution relates to its users. The institution´s acquisition policy, cataloguing, preservation, and presentation for public access can differ based on the distinctions of the fundamental unit that is collected. Typically, in a country, these three types of repositories are managed either by the government of that country or with the economic support of that government. But the Tamil repositories listed here are being managed by private organisations on donation and voluntary basis.

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Johan Didrik Sinning, nordlandshandler. Serie Ra – Nordfaruttrekk 1730-1783/ Bergen City Archives


Archive is the primary source for knowledge.
Archive stores also unpublished materials.
Archives manage groups of works and focus on maintaining a particular context for the overall collection.
It is almost impossible to replace a stolen or damaged document in an archive.
Archives can be physical and digital repositories.

The Bjørvika Library in Oslo, 2020


Library is a secondary source of knowledge.
A library is a place to store published materials.
The traditional library is based upon the individual item, but it is generally no unique.
It is easy to replace a stolen or damaged book in a library.
Library can be physical and digital repositories.

Edvard Grieg Museum in Bergen, 2020


Museums collect specific objects and provide curatorial context for each of them. 
Museums are physical repositories that can also exhibit a copy of materials from an archive.


Noolaham Foundation
A non-profit, charitable organisation. Started
digital community archive and library
in 2005.
Eelam (Sri Lanka)

Roja Muthiah Research Library
Started in 1994 to preserve, catalogue, and expand the collection of Roja Muthiah Chettiyar, a private collector. Tamil Nadu, India

Puthuvai Tamil Museum
Arivan Aruli started the Tamil Museum in Puducherry in 2017. Museum is divided into 10 divisions that contains historical letters, photographs, coins and stamps, maps and others.
Tamil Nadu, India

Balu Mahendra Library
This is an independent non-profit platform with a view to improving the Eelam film industry. The website of this library that is located in Kilinochchi was launched on 27.12.2020.
Eelam (Sri Lanka)

Sivapoomi Museum
Sivapoomi Museum was established on the 25th of January, 2020. It was founded by Dr. Aru Thirumurugan, the purpose of the Museum is to collect objects and materials of the cultural, religious, historical importance of Sri Lanka and preserve them, research into them, and present them to the public for the purpose of education and enjoyment.
Eelam (Sri Lanka)


Verein SAIVANERIKOODAM (சைவநெறிக்கூடம்)
A non-profit, charitable saivam religious organisation formed in 1994.
Started “Tamils kalary” (தமிழர் களறி), a Tamils history library and archive in 2019.

European Tamil Documentation
and Research Centre – ETDRC

A charitable organisation formed in 2009. Aims to collect and preserve audio visual publications, books, text documents, reports and other research documents about Eelam (Sri Lanka) Tamils. Now books are mainly in this collection.
United Kingdom
0044 (0) 7817402704

Updated: 22.06.2021

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