The National Archives’ collection of records traces Government’s decisions and transactions, as well as events that have shaped the twin-island state of Trinidad and Tobago and the lives of its people, from colonial rule to self-rule. The collection also comprises other records of historical importance such as newspapers, journals and yearbooks. While the majority of records are available as files and documents, there are also microfilm, maps, photographs and audiovisual records that provide valuable historical information. Please see the Collection Index for a snapshot of our records. Collectively, the National Archives’ records help to foster a better understanding of our democracy and our heritage.
The collection is complemented by a small Reference Library, an indispensable resource aid for researchers. There are three collections: the Rare Books Collection, General Reference Collection and a Special Collection on the Recordkeeping profession covering archives and records management, and conservation, to support professional development.
The Collection includes: