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Services provided to researchers:

The National Archives not only preserves historical materials but also makes them available for consultation. Easy access and reference services are provided to the users. Anyone with a research interest has access to the National Archives collections (except for records where special authorization is needed, for example private papers).

These services include :


A Research Unit has been established at the National Archives under Section 33 of the National Archives Act No. 22 of 1999 with a view to do research in the public archives, to publish works of historical interest and to provide background information for exhibitions and celebration of important events.


The National Archives lends records in cases where the Minister gives his approval for display at commemorative exhibitions or any other special occasion.

Reprographic Services

The National Archives also offers reprographic services to its users. For this purpose the latter will have to fill in an Application Form(Click here). See section on Reprographic Services for the fees charged, as stipulated in our present Regulations.

The National Archives Research and Publication Fund

The National Archives Research and Publication Fund has been established under PART IV of the National Archives Act No. 22 of 1999. It has been set-up with a view to:-

  • Promote and encourage research in the public archives;
  • Finance the publication of such research work of archival value produced by the Research Unit of the National Archives Department;
  • To consider the publication of manuscripts of private individuals who have made extensive research in the public archives; and
  • To put on sale any such work published.
See section on Research and Publication for more information.

Other additional services

  • Power supply connection for PCs
  • Research services to local people and foreigners who are physically unable to attend the National Archives
  • Official research works for Government bodies and departments as well as for parastatal agencies and
  • Provision of ordinary or authenticated copies of documents to users.


Last Updated: 14 September, 2017
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