The Directorate of State Archives, as the official custodian of all non-current records of the government is a specialized wing of the Higher Education Department, Government of West Bengal. It is the oldest repository of pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial records and its collection grows in bulk as well as in richness with the passage of time.
The holdings of State Archives are dispersed in three buildings. The Historical Section located at 6, Bhawani Dutta Lane, Kolkata-700073 deals with the records dating back to 1758 till and continuing till 1900. The Current Section which deals with post-1900 records is located at Writers' Buildings, Ground Floor, Kolkata-700001. The New Functional Building at 43 Shakespeare Sarani, Kolkata-700017, has in its custody, the Intelligence Branch, Public Works Department and Chancellor Secretariat records.
Apart from the general record series, State Archives possesses special type of records which include approximately one thousand (1000) old maps and approximately 42,000 Glass and Film negatives and Photographic prints, containing intercepted letters, articles and photographs of the freedom fighters.