The Georgian National Center of Manuscripts is a research and educational institution dedicated to studying old manuscripts and historical documents. The Center is based in Tbilisi (Georgia). Was founded as Institute of Manuscripts on June 30, 1958. The Center is named after the eminent Georgian historian and philologist, Academician Korneli Kekelidze. The founder and first Director was a notable Georgian historian, Corresponding Member of the Georgian Academy of Sciences Ilia Abuladze. The Center operates its own museum which houses a unique collection of old manuscripts.