Archives

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The Western Cape Archives and Records Service provides public access to government records and private collections that are 20 or more years old. The archive is used for academic, government and private research. Genealogical research is the most...
Stack room management Archives are housed in purpose built storage rooms where they are protected against fire, theft and disintegration. Members of the public are not permitted in the stack rooms. Arrangement and description of archives Archives are...
In addition to the large collection of government records, the Western Cape Archives and Records Service also cares for other collections, such as: Library The reference library of the Western Cape Archives and Records Service is in possession of...
The National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System (called NAAIRS) is an online tool for searching archival inventories. These catalogues are a list of the available archival records housed in National Archives of South Africa facilities.
Outreach promotes the Western Cape Archives and Records Service's functions to the broader community of the Western Cape. The Outreach Section organises various informative and awareness programs to communities, such as talks to schools and specialist...
Preservation encompasses all activities which prolong the usable life of archival records. These activities are designed to minimise the physical and chemical deterioration of records and to prevent the loss of informational content. The Preservation...
Client Services: Reading Room Members of the public are able to consult archival records in the reading room, which is equipped with online access to NAAIRS, and power points for laptops at each reading table, as well as finding aids that will assist...
Records Classification Systems Approval of file plans, records management policies and registry procedure manuals of governmental bodies in the Western Cape. Appraisal of Records All records classification systems of governmental bodies in the Western...
Reprographic/Copying Service Photocopies, digital image printouts or photographic copies of archival records can be ordered, either in person or via correspondence.
Supply Service Archival staff members retrieve archival records for supply to researchers in the reading room.