The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) was founded in 1961 as a unique collaboration between the Government of India, Government of Gujarat, local industrialists of Ahmedabad, Ford Foundation and the Harvard Business School, and has emerged as a world-class management institute. The IIMA Archives, established in November 2017, and with its website launched in August 2019, preserves institutional memory and periodically disseminates historical information about the institute to the IIMA community and the general public. It holds a large collection of physical and digitized documents related to the foundation and evolution of the institute. The IIMA Oral History project is a key initiative of IIMA Archives that captures the experiences of several people associated with the institute from its formative years. IIMA Archives also holds a collection of documents and directories related to the business and economic history of India.

It is open to the general public for research and will be of interest to researchers working on

  • Evolution of higher educational institutions in India
  • Evolution of management thought
  • Evolution of business in India
  • International collaborations between India and the US
  • Evolution of alumni associations
  • History of Ford Foundation and Harvard Business School
  • History of Ahmedabad
  • Architectural History
  • Personalities associated with IIMA such as Vikram Sarabhai, Kasturbhai Lalbhai, Jivraj Mehta, Douglas Ensminger, Louis Kahn, Ravi Matthai, Kamla Chowdhry, I G Patel, Keshub Mahindra, its faculty members and staff, and alumni including managers who participated in management development programmes at IIMA

Information on the history of IIMA is also available at the Ford Foundation Archives, Harvard Business School Archives and Louis Kahn Archives.

IIMA Archives seeks donations of documents and memories from people associated with IIMA in the past. More generally, it also seeks digital donations that shed light on the history of business in India.



An overview of the IIMA Archives collection

Reading List

Get started on the history of IIMA and business in India

Oral Histories

Explore history through voices

IIMA Timeline

IIMA Archives Monthly Snippets


Prof. Vijaya Sherry Chand

IIMA Archives Committee

Prof. Saral Mukherjee

IIMA Archives Committee

Prof. Chinmay Tumbe

IIMA Archives Committee

Mr. Himanshu Bhatt

Manager, IIMA Archives
Phone: +91-79 71527527

Ms. Hardi Shah

Assistant, IIMA Archives
Phone: +91-79 71527528

Contact Us

IIMA Archives strives to facilitate a researcher-friendly environment. It is open to the general public for research purposes between Monday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Kindly contact the archives team before making your visit to ensure access to documents.

Office Address:
IIMA Archives, Dorm 15 (Ground Floor),
Heritage Campus, IIM Ahmedabad,
Vastrapur, Ahmedabad - 380015

(079) 7152-7528

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