National Archives of Malawi

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The National Archives of Malawi is a Government Department in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. It was established in Zomba in July 1947 as a Regional Branch of the then Central African Archives. Later in 1953 it was known as the National Archives of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. The responsibility of this Branch was to be the official repository of public records as well as records belonging to private institutions and individuals who have had connections with the territorial activities as well as the legal deposit library of all literature relating to the area. When the administrative links of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland disengaged in December 1963, the Zomba Branch was in January 1964 declared the National Archives of Malawi.


The mission of the National Archives of Malawi is to preserve and provide access to Malawi’s documentary heritage through the establishment and promotion of economic and efficient publications, records and archives management systems in the country. The National Archives of Malawi achieves its mission through implementation of the following functions: - • Maintaining a legal deposit library for the preservation of printed and published works on Malawi. • Registering newspapers published in Malawi as provided for under the Printed Publication Act. • Administering the International Standard Book Numbering (ISBN system in the country. • Regulating the creation, classification, maintenance, and disposal of public records regardless of the media. • Providing economic storage accommodation for semi-current government records • Preserving archival materials for reference, research, posterity and socio-economic development. • Conserving archival materials with a view to enhancing their lifespan. • Providing authorized access to printed and published works, records, public archives, historical manuscripts, deposited with the

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• Collecting historical manuscripts and conducting oral history research programmes to compliment official archives of the country. • Providing a nation-wide advisory service in records and archives management.

The National Archives of Malawi are the national archives of Malawi, located in Zomba. It holds 40,000 volumes.[1]


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