Since its establishment in the year 1872, the Library has been considerably enriched by the presentation of important manuscripts on Oriental literature, chiefly Zoroastrian, by the members of the same family. The present Dastur Meherjirana displays his Family Tree at the Meherjirana Library at Navsari. The library has been considerably enriched by the presentation of important Oriental manuscripts on Oriental studies by members of the same family. For over 125 years the institution has been presented with rare manuscripts as well rare printed books.
This library besides possessing important Mss. on Persian and Gujarati literature has a large and useful collection of Mss. on the Zoroastrian literature written in Avesta, Pahlavi, Pazand, Persian and Gujarati. But many of the books and manuscripts especially those in Persian have been damaged and were decaying, needing restoration and preservation.
In Oct. 1999, Dasturji Dr. Kotwal of Mumbai was invited by Parzor and visited Navsari with the Parzor team and technical experts from Mumbai, to assess priorities in microfilming and preservation of the manuscripts. His advisory role along with the help of Dasturji Meherjirana of Navsari has been of great importance. The Consultant, working with Mr. Cyrus Patel, MD Microdata, Mumbai and Mrs. Bharati Gandhi, Librarian, prepared a Project Report and Catalogue for the National Archives (Mrs Gandhi is an efficient young married person, bearing the heavy load on her mind and body for keeping up the reputation of the institute. She has been working for the last 23 years without any loss of zest, interest and above all her spontaneous attitude full of courtesy to every visitor of the library. She plays a great part in this social enterprise.)
The preservation of the treasure trove of manuscripts and documents at the First Dastoor Meherjirana library at Navsari has attracted national attention. Started with a donation from an individual, 90,000 manuscripts have been microfilmed by now.
Dr. Shernaz Cama was able to convince the Trustees of the Library of the need to preserve this collection. The Trustees have cooperated with the Project and 90,000 pages of manuscripts have been microfilmed on site. This work was done with the extraordinary cooperation of two young Parsis of Microdata India. Cyrus Patel of Mumbai and Viraf Sutaria of Delhi, have taken their staff and equipment to the library from their offices in Mumbai and Delhi and microfilmed in Navsari on site. Mrs. Bharati Gandhi, librarian, is an invaluable member of the project team.
Archivist examination teams from the State and National archives were invited by Parzor to Navsari. They submitted their reports based on which the National Archives have contributed Rs. 3.5 lacs to this library under the aegis of the Project. A generous donation by Mrs. Piloo Jungalwalla enabled the microfilming work to begin. 90,000 pages of manuscript have been microfilmed. A Microfilm Reader has been imported and purchased through the Project and presented to the Library. Air conditioning and preparation of a special room in which the Microfilms and Reader are maintained, has been done. However much more work is required, especially for the preservation of manuscripts and digitalization of important documents. For this we need donations from the worldwide Zoroastrian community.