Goethals Indian Library and Research Centre

Goethals Indian Library and Research Centre

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Managed by : Government
Website link : http://www.goethals.in/

About Goethals Indian Library and Research Centre

Very few people know that a part of the St. Xavier's College building on Park Street, adjacent to the College building proper, above the main Chapel, houses a treasure which has been practically unknown. The treasure was inherited by the Jesuit Fathers of St. Xavier's in 1908 from the then Archbishop of Calcutta, Paul Goethals, S.J. Archbishop Goethals, a Belgian who was Archbishop of Calcutta from 1886 to 1901, donated to the Jesuit Fathers his precious collection of books with the expectation that they be preserved as a separate library. That this collection deserved to be protected as a special Library even during the Archbishop's lifetime, can be felt if one scans the catalogue published by him in 1898. In 160 foolscap length pages plus a three page addenda, are listed titles and authors which testify both to the range of the owner's interest and his keen sense of collection which is scientific to a great extent.


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St Xavier's College,30, Mother Teresa Sarani,Kolkata - 700016

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