Accessing Archives

Description:

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 popular use of the archives.

Instructions:

To access and read archival records you need to go to the Western Cape Archives and Records Services at 72 Roeland Street, Cape Town.

Records can only be read at the archives during opening hours: Monday to Friday 08:00 - 16:00 and the first Saturday of the month 09:00 - 12:00. Thursday extended hours are 08:00 - 19:00.

On arrival at the archive you will be required to complete an admission card. Ask a reading room official to help you to locate a source. Alternatively, archival material can be found by using the manual retrieval system or the online inventory (NAAIRS).

Once you have identified the source, complete a requisition form with the source's details and hand it to an official. The official will bring the source to you in the reading room.

To make research notes you will need to bring pencils and paper - ballpoints and fountain pens are not allowed when working with archival records. You may bring your laptop computer as plug-points are provided.

Photocopies of selected items may be made at your cost. To request photocopies fill out a form and hand it to an official. The official will inform you when the copies will be ready for collection.

Similarly, requests for microfilm copies are at your cost. To request microfilm copies fill out a form and hand it to an official. You will be contacted when the microfilm negative copy is ready for collection. You will then need to take the negative to a supplier with a microfilm reader/printer.

The contact details for the Western Cape Archives and Records Service are:

The Head

Postal address:
Western Cape Archives and Records Service
Private Bag X9025
Cape Town
8000

Street address:
72 Roeland Street
Cape Town

Tel: 021 483 0400
Fax: 021 483 0444
Email: Reading.Room@westerncape.gov.za

Provided by:
Government Body: (The Government of South Africa)
The content on this page was last updated on 1 November 2017