Provincial Archive Service: Overview
- National Archives Week
- What can you find at the Archives?
- You can do your own research at the Archives
- Archives Advisory Committee
- Oral History Initiative
- International Archives Day
- Digitisation Policy
- Records Management Policy
- Documenting Lives
- Cultural Affairs Awards
- Our Living Atlas
Please note: In attempt to help curb the spread of Covid-19, reading rooms at the Western Cape Archives are closed to the public until further notice. Researchers may still make telephonic or email requests during this time.
The Western Cape Archives and Records Service collects, manages and preserves records that form part of our archival heritage. These records are preserved for use by government and people of South Africa.
The Western Cape Archives and Records Service is in the custody of archival records dating from 1651 when the first colonial settlement by the Dutch was established.
The core functions of the Western Cape Archives and Records Service include:
- Providing access to records and promote their use by the public
- Ensure proper records management
- Preserving records
Archival records are made up of public records and non-public records. Public records are created by government, government departments and organisations in the course of performing their functions. Non-public records are private records and papers created by private individuals and donated to the Archives Repository.