is a place where people can go to gather firsthand facts,
data, and evidence from letters, reports, notes, memos,
photographs, and other primary sources.
Archives is the Nigeria Government’s collection
of documents that records important events in Nigerian
history. The Department of National Archives is the Government
agency that preserves and maintains these materials and
makes them available for research.
or not you realize it, you probably have an archives in
your home. It might be in a filing cabinet in your study,
a box in the basement, a chest in the attic. It is your
personal archives: a collection of material that records
important events from your family’s history.
are ways that your family archives and the National Archives,
together, tell your family’s story. For example,
your family’s archives might contain the final certificate
for your great-great-grandfather’s homestead; the
National Archives may hold the original applications for
Archives Versus Federal Archives
Every day Government agencies create new records that
might be transferred to the National Archives. Holdings
are created either by or for the Federal Government. The
material comes from the legislative, executive, and judicial
branches. Whereas your family’s archives is personal,
those held by the National Archives are official. Your
family’s archives might include your birth certificate.
The National Archives holds the original, signed “birth
certificate” for our nation—the Declaration
archives are available only to your and family members.
The holdings in the National Archives are available to