Address: 59 – 63 Church Street, Kingston
Telephone: (876) 922-8830
Fax: (876) 948-0266
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The Jamaica Archives and Records Department is a Department of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, and is governed by the Archives Act, 1982 and the Archives (Official Records) Regulations, 1988.  The Department consists of the:

  • Archives Unit
  • Audiovisual Archives Unit
  • Government Records Centre 
  • Office of the Government Archivist

In accordance with the Archives Act (1982) and the Archives Regulations (1988), the Objectives of the Department are to:

  • Serve as the main repository in the country for the preservation of government records relating to the country's history and heritage in paper, audiovisual and electronic formats.
  • Provide a research and reference service to the public, and disseminate information in the collections to promote knowledge and interest in the nation's history and culture.
  • Collect archival materials relating to Jamaica produced by non-government institutions and private persons to ensure that primary materials of value to Jamaica are preserved.
  • Establish standards and procedures for the efficient and effective management of official records in public sector entities at all stages of their life cycle.
  • Provide consulting services and training in records and information management to government ministries and departments.
  • Provide storage facilities for non-current government records awaiting final disposition in keeping with their retention schedules.
  • Provide administrative support to the Archives Advisory Committee.


The Jamaica Archives and Records Department
Government of Jamaica