The Asa Archives is a public library of Nepalese manuscripts, named after the late Mr. Asha Man Singh Kansakar, father of the late Mr. Prem Bahadur Kansakar. Mr. Kansakar (1037-1111 Nepal Era) was a prominent activist, social worker, educationist and literary figure who had founded several social, cultural, literary and educational institutions. Most of the manuscripts in this archives were personal collection of Mr. Kansakar which he donated to Cwasa Pasa, a premier literary association of Newar writers on August 16, 1983. To this collection were later added the donations of valuable manuscripts and palm leaf documents by several well-wishers and friends. Among them mention should be made of Mr. Ian Alsop, an American student of Mr. Kansakar, Dharma Ratna Vajracharya, Reverend Takaoka of Japan, Phanindra Ratna Vajracharya, Gyan Ratna Vajracharya (America), Dr. Kamal Prakash Malla, Punya Prasad Parajuli, Pashupati Man Pahmay, Shakti Man Joshi, Moti Ratna Kasa and Hariharananda Vaidya. Similarly, more than a dozen other donors have helped this archives with gifts of their personal collection of manuscripts.
The 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 date. 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.
After decades of personal and singular efforts to stop the export of Nepalese manuscripts, this Asa Archives was founded with the noble objectives of collecting Nepalese manuscripts and making them available for scholars and researchers in Nepal and abroad. The main objectives of the Archives are:
To collect valuable Nepalese manuscripts through public efforts.
To preserve such manuscripts as are of value and relevance for studies on Nepal's heritage.
To document such manuscripts in the form of accessible catalogues.
To preserve all the manuscripts in digital media through modern technology and offer computerised services to scholars and researchers.
To help researchers and scholars for study and research in all possible ways through various means as well.
on 03rd january 2009
More than eleven Hundred Nepalease Palm leaf rolls has been digitized
on 03rd october 2006
7025 manuscripts has been digitized till now and many more to be dizitized