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MS Swaminathan Papers

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2020-001

Content Description

The accession contains materials that of M.S. Swaminathan and the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF). It includes research material, correspondence, media clippings, photographs, and recognitions of both M.S. Swaminathan and the Foundation. Research material consisting of the contributions of the Foundation and M.S. Swaminathan include reports, annotated drafts and unpublished manuscripts. It also includes correspondences during M.S. Swaminathan’s tenure at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, International Rice Research Institute, Global Hunger Project, and with the Planning Commission, Government of India. Bulk of the published material is located at the office of the MSSRF Chairperson in the main building and the Bhoothalingam Library. Awards, recognitions and honorary doctorates are placed in the gallery outside of the office of the Chairperson at the Foundation and few at the library. The rest of the material -- select popular magazines, newspaper clippings, reports and correspondences -- have been filtered in piles that will not be accessioned in the collections. This has been done so because the aforementioned material consists of photocopies. Originals of the same are being accessioned. A catalogue of published references not authored by M.S. Swaminathan has been created but will not be entering the archive since copies of these references are available through library resources.

Acquisition Type



The collection contains papers of M.S. Swaminathan. The material was initially located at three spaces within the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation in Chennai: Dr. Parasuraman’s cabin (Principal Scientist associated with Coastal Systems Research at the Foundation and formerly, the personal secretary of M.S. Swaminathan until 2013), the Bhoothalingam library, and office of the Chairperson at the Foundation. These records were first arranged at MSSRF. The Trustees of MSSRF then decided to donate the material to the Archives at NCBS, and so it was moved in two large accessions to the Archives at NCBS in 2020 (the first semi-arranged accession) and 2021 (arrived as an unprocessed collection).

Restrictions Apply


Access Restrictions

Collection is mostly open to the public unless mentioned (for instance, restricted material like administrative and correspondence-related notes created after January 1992, aligning with the Public Records Act). People interested in accessing the collections are requested to refer to the researcher guide for requesting material (, or apply in writing to


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1933 - 2020



70 Cubic Feet


Archives at NCBS. National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore - 560065. India.