The National Archives
The National Archives houses the collective memory of the nation's history. It has in its store, an array of rich and diverse records which are of significant interest to one and all. These records are invaluable for historical, genealogical, cultural, administrative and legal purposes, among others. As a Government Department, the National Archives serves as the nation's repository of public records. It sees to it that an efficient and economical management of the records of the Government of Mauritius throughout their lifecycle, is carried out. It also caters for the preservation of those public records of archival value for current and future use by the Government, citizens of Mauritius and international users.
The mission of the National Archives is to provide the nation with a National Archives which fulfills its historical and cultural roles, i.e to collect, preserve, make accessible the collective memory of the nation, for the benefit of the present and the future generations, for research and exploitation purposes.
The vision of the National Archives is to meet the challenges of the 21st century, both as preserver and provider of information, in line with modern concepts and technologies.
ObjectivesIts objectives are to:-
HoldingsIts current holdings include:-
Users of National ArchivesUsers of the National Archives are:-
Acquisition of records of archival value constitutes an important aspect in building-up the archival collections at the National Archives. Acquisition is made in accordance with the National Archives Act No.22 of 1999 and Government Notice 140 of 2001. This is effected through several means:-
Oral History Unit
The purpose of an Oral History Unit is to promote the recording, preservation and the use of recorded memories of the past of individuals who have been directly or indirectly associated with or were witnesses of past events. This Unit was set-up in 2005; it has produced recordings of 'Cyclone Carol', the history of Mauritian railways, among others.
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