Series S1 - Microfilm reels

Identity area

Reference code

UTSC 018-S1


Microfilm reels


  • 1864, 1899-2013 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

438 microfilm reels of textual records (16 mm and 35 mm)

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Scope and content

Series contains newspapers and textual records such as Ceylon Patriot, Hindu Organ, Sansoni Commission Evidence, Sutantiran, Thainadu, Congress, Eelakesari, Kesari, The Independent, Thina Murasu, Sari Negar, Viduthalai, Tribune, Elath Thamilar Varalalu (or Waralaru), and Tamil Culture. Some reels contain miscellaneous articles or articles that have been organized by theme.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Microfilms were arranged by the creator and are numbered by their original listing. Original titles are also used.

Reel numbers 190 to 200 were skipped and there are two different reels numbered 204; these have since been renumbered 204a and 204b.

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Language of material

  • English
  • Tamil

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279 reels are unique while the rest are copies; in most cases both a negative and a positive microfilm exist. The second number in the file number refers to the original reel number.

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