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Archives held in the National Archives

Departmental records

Under the National Archives Act, 1986, all records of Government Departments, including the courts and a range of other bodies, must be preserved and transferred to the National Archives when they are thirty years old, unless their disposal has been specifically authorised by the Director.


Thousands of official documents are transferred annually to the National Archives by Government Departments and archives of the following Departments and State agencies are available for consultation by members of the public in our Reading Room. Departmental titles which are hyperlinked indicate a finding aid database which can be searched online.