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The records acquired by the National Archives are referred to in the National Archives Act, 1986, as archives and the Act designates our functions as follows:


  • The preservation, restoration, arrangement and description of archives;
  • The preparation of guides, lists, indexes and other finding aids to archives;
  • Making archives available for public inspection;
  • Making and providing copies of archives;
  • The publication of archives, finding aids and other material relating to archives;
  • The provision of educational services relating to archives.


In order to carry out our work, the National Archives is divided into functional units whose responsibilities are described below.