S2 - Professional material

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UTSC 014-S2


Professional material


  • n.d., 1934, 1940, 1944, 1946-1987 (Creation)

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127.5 cm of textual records

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Archival history

The Federal Party seems to have had their main office located in Chelvanayakam’s residence at 16 Alfred House Gardens for some time, thus the papers were collected at his residence, representing the activities of the office as well.

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Scope and content

Series reflects the daily operations of the Federal Party and documents the daily life and struggles of Sri Lankan Tamil people from the 1950s to the 1970s. Types of material includes election records, correspondence between members of parliament and community members, correspondence and records documenting grievances and political issues, and administrative records.

In 1961, Chelvanayakam was recovering in a hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland after surgery for Parkinson’s disease. Chelvanayakam received and sent many letters at this time, both personal and professional in nature. These letters can be found both in personal and professional files by the correspondent’s name.

Series is composed of six (6) subseries:

2.1 Professional files
2.2 Professional correspondence
2.3 Documentation
2.4 Printed materials
2.5 Ceylon Newspaper Limited/ The Sutantiran
2.6 ITAK files

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Some material may be restricted due to privacy. 

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  • English
  • Sinhala
  • Tamil

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  • English
  • Tamil


  • Latin
  • Tamil


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