Board of Trustees
The Asha Archives is a public library
of Nepalese manuscripts, named after the late Mr. Asha Man Singh Kansakar
was a prominent activist, social worker, educationist and Newar writer
who had founded several social, cultural, literary and educational institutions.
The nucleus of this collection was donated by Prem Bahadur Kansakar to
Cwasa Pasa, a premier literary association of Newar writers on August 16,
1985. To this personal collection were later added the donations of valuable
manuscripts and palmleaf documents by several well-wishers and friends.
Among them mention should be made of Mr. Ian Alsop, an American student
of Kansakar, Dharma Ratna Bajracharya, Gurushekhar Upadhyaya, Reverend
Shucho Takaoka, Gyan Ratna, and Dr. Kamal Prakash Malla. Similarly, more
than a dozen other donors have helped this archives with gifts of their
personal collection of manuscripts.
The Asha Archives was inaugurated
by Professor Yujiro Hayashi, the executive director of the Toyota Foundation,
Japan on December 7, 1987. It was made accessible for the public since
that day. The Toyota Foundation had made a generous grant to purchase,
innovate and furnish the house where it is now located. The foundation
had also supported the documentation of the manuscripts and the initial
operation of the Archives with a fund deposited as seed money and endowment.
The Asha Archives is located in the
western edge of the old Kathmandu city, in a locality known as Kulanbhulu.
After decades of personal and singular
efforts to stop the export of Nepalese manuscripts abroad, the Asha Archives
was founded with the noble objective of collecting manuscripts and making
them available for scholars and researchers in Nepal and abroad. The main
objectives of the Archives are:
1. To collect valuable Nepalese manuscripts
in Nepal through public efforts;
2. To preserve such manuscripts as
are of value and relevance for studies in Nepal's heritage;
3. To document such manuscripts in
the form of accessible catalogues, and
4. To make them available to researchers
and scholars for study, research and publication through various form of
Board of Trustees
of the Archives is looked after by a 16 member Board of Trustees chaired
by Mr. Padma Ratna Tuladhar. It meets once or twice a year to approve the
annual budget, programme and other policies. The day-to-day operations
are overseen by a standing comittee consisting of the Chairman, Treasurer,
Librarian, Representative of Cwasa Pasa and the selected members of the
Board of Trustees.
The Archives is
financially supported by the interests earned from an endowment fund deposited
in the Nepalese banks and other fees and donations. Its accounts are annually
audited by a government registered auditor nominated by the Board of Trustees.