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There are five sections in the National Archives

Sir Alport Barker Library

Housed within the National Archives is the Sir Alport Barker Memorial Library also Government’s Legal Deposit Library which receives all materials printed...

Microfilm & Photocopy Unit

The National Archives was established in 1954 as the Central Archives of Fiji and the Western Pacific High Commission...

Sir Alport Barker Library

Housed within the National Archives is the Sir Alport Barker Memorial Library also Government’s Legal Deposit Library which receives all materials printed and/or published in Fiji.

This includes the organisation and preservation of the Legal Deposit Library materials (under the Libraries (Deposit of Books) Act) which are deposited with the Government Archivist; and also provides supervision and assistance to researchers in the Library Search Room.

It meets the needs of over 5,000 users every year, a growing number of which are primary and secondary school students who use the valuable resources to produce high quality projects.

The library has long been a valuable asset to local and international researchers, writers and academics. As a resource it is unsurpassed as a repository of information on Fiji, and a unique starting point on research for the Pacific in general.

 

Microfilm & Photocopy Unit

This section is responsible for the production of microfilm copies and photocopies of public records and library materials, either for preservation or, for research and reference purposes

The preservation of records through microfilming and copying services accomplishes two main targets;

  • To prolong the lifespan of documents through microfilming of archival records, newspapers serials and manuscripts
  • To make them easily accessible for researchers

The unit also provides copying services to researchers at a minimum cost.

The holdings of the Microfilm section consists of:

  • Fiji Times:  1869 – on-going
  • Births/Deaths/ Marriage Records for Fijians, Europeans & Indians (1875 – 1960)
  • Records of the Lands Claims Commission
  • Henning’s Papers
  • Records of the Methodist Mission of Australasia (1835 – 1970)
  • Pacific Islands Monthly (1934 – 1956)

Archives Administration & Advisory Services

The section evaluates, selects and takes into custody for proper preservation public records which have permanent values...

Conservation Unit

This section is responsible for the proper conservation and restoration of the permanent records held in the National Archives...

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Archives Administration & Advisory Services

The section evaluates, selects and takes into custody for proper preservation public records which have permanent values.

It arranges, describes and publishes records held in the Archives to facilitate easy retrieval, and to promote scholarly research among them. Safeguard the integrity of public records by ensuring their proper security and safe custody, and by promoting their better preservation. The section’s responsibility also provides advice and training to Government Ministries and Departments, along with any other organisation requesting assistance.

Conservation

This section is responsible for the proper conservation and restoration of the permanent records held in the National Archives.  This includes the control of storage conditions of records in repository areas, control of pests, repair of damaged and embrittled documents, the maintenance and security of preservation equipments and the enforcement of OHS policies within the Department.

The Section also provides technical advice to government departments on the conservation & bookbinding issues.

Digital Continuity Unit

The Digital Continuity Unit was established in 2011 and it is the newest inclusion into the National Archives of Fiji...

Digital Continuity Unit

The Digital Continuity Unit was established in 2011 and it is the newest inclusion into the National Archives of Fiji. It is responsible for the Digitization of all photographs and Audio Visual programs from the Department of Information and other Government Departments/Ministries that have Photograph and Audio Visual Units.

The main aim of the unit is the preservation of these materials. At the moment the unit is still going through the inception stage. Staff are currently sorting out images, scanning and cataloguing both photographs and AV programs. To date the unit has managed to sort and store 106, 180 black and white photos and more more than 2, 000 hours of edited AV footages, these photos and AV materials are then sold to the public or given to researchers for their publications. Some of these AV programs are now being aired on Fiji TV’s Back in Time programme.

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