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Audio & Visual Division

The movie films, video films, electromagnetic films, audio cassets, audio discs, CDs, composite discs, photographs (black and white) slides, microfilms etc. available in the Department are deposited in this division. Conservation and issuing of audio - visual material to the research room is done by this division. Among other functions of the division are providing facilities for researchers to listen to rear recordings of folk music and issuing recordings of these items to them. The division also issues copies of microfilms available with the division. The maintenance of the audio - visual equipment available with the division is also a responsibility of the division.

Audio - visual material

  • Movie films - speeches made by Hon. J.R. Jayewardene, a former President of Sri Lanka and films on Sri Lanka culture are available.
  • Video - films - The life - story of Hon. Sirimavo Bandaranayaike, videos on document management and videos on Presidential Commissions are available under this category.
  • Electromagnetic tapes - This is a collection of folk songs from villages in all parts of Sri Lanka recorded by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Lever Brothers in the 1960s and deposited in the National Archives.
  • Audio cassets - Proceeding appointed by the former Presidents of Sri Lanka.
  • Compact Disk – CDs contents include Administration Reports, accounts and agricultural programs made available by the government Departments, Ministries and the private sectors.
  • Photographs - Conserved black and white photographs of murals in historic temples in Sri Lanka provided by Lever Brothers.
  • Microfilms - Micro films of Portuguese records, Dutch records, Sinhala, Tamil and English newspapers published in Sri Lanka.

Newspapers that have been microfilmed

Sinhala - 1862 onwards
Lakminipahana 1864 – 1894
Lakrivikirana 1864 – 1902
Sarasavi Sanderesa 1880 – 1900, 1922
Sinhala Bauddhaya 1906 – 1959, 1932, 1976
Dinamina
1909 – 1948, 2006 - 2009
Peramuna 1916 – 1949
Silumina
1930 – 1935
Lankadeepa
1947 – 1948
Sinhala Jathiya
1953 – 1976, 1980 - 1981
Janatha
1956 – 1976
Davasa 1961 – 1970
Janasathiya 1963 – 1976
Aththa 1967 – 1976
English newspapers- from 1832 onwards
Colombo Journal 1832 – 1875
Ceylon Daily News
1840 – 1841, 1925 - 1930, 1948, 1950, 2005 - 2009
Ceylon Observer 1841 – 1852
Colombo Observer
1842 – 1868
The Times of Ceylon
1846 – 1954
Examiner
1846 - 1900
Ceylon Independence 1894 – 1937
Other newspapers
Alahamath Lankapuri 1869 – 1870
Hindu Organ 1889 – 1922
Weerakesari
1947 – 1963
Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 05:31  

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