Walter Rodney Archives which is known as the National Archives in
The holdings of the National archives is fairly extensive with approximately 700 meters of textual material, 10,000 printed materials and 55 meters of newspapers (32 titles). The total holdings approximately 5% date from the 18th century, 55% from the 19th century, 40% from the 20th century. The Dutch section is the oldest group.
The collection include:
Gazettes- The Governing authorities of British, later
Immigration documents, certificates, Registers, Books- Recorded the official government business related to indentureship of Indian immigrants to
Policy and combine court proceedings- records of minutes of official meetings accompanied by papers, petitions, draft bills.
Key Functions of the Archive
Appraisal - this is an on going process that may done through various stages of the life cycle of a document although it is of particular relevance to evaluate the historical and informative importance of the record before entering it into the national archives fond.
Accession - after a document is identified as valuable it must be transferred to the custody of the National Archives.
Processing – includes arrangement and description. The document need to be arranged within their original fond in the manner in which they were created and described accordingly for their posterior recuperation.
Preservation – is divided into two main activities: conservation and restoration. This function understands the necessity of maintaining the merit of the original physical form in which the document was created and restoring it to that condition should it be necessary.
Dissemination – a result of the services offered by the archives in relation to the use of the information contained in archival document. This function may be achieved by such activities as reference services on matters pertaining to the archives
The Walter Rodney Archives can be reached at Homestretch Avenue D’urban Park,