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Our Offices

Frontview of the main building

Traction Engine 1903

View from the west Traction Engine brought to National Archives in 1970

Catalogue of Index cards

Index cards properly organised

Archives in music and video

Enlightening music and video files

Our Gallery

Inside the Gallery showing part of Thomas Baines paintings

Film Reels

Film Reels stored in a cold room date back as early as 1948

National Archives of Zimabwe (welcome note)

Welcome to The National Archives of Zimbabwe, a department of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage. Here, you get to learn about Zimbabwe's National Heritage that has been preserved over the years. It is our sincere hope that you will find our website helpful.

Preservation of Files


To be the leading custodian and provider of the documentary heritage of Zimbabwe.


To acquire, preserve and provide public access to Zimbabwean documentation in whatever format, in an efficient and economic manner.


In our endeavour to provide quality service, we are always guided by commitment to our employees, clients and all stakeholders. Our core values have always been integrity, professionalism, transparency and continuous improvement.

Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) 2024 Video

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....ZITF 2024 Video 



The National Archives of Zimbabwe is proud to commemorate the 6th
annual International Archives Week from June 3-9, 2024. Click here for more information.



Bulawayo National Archives

Started as a records centre in 1966. In 2001 a purpose-built archival building was opened thereby National Archives of Zimbabwe (Bulawayo) began offering both archival, records and library services. Some of the oldest archival material in Bulawayo Archives are the archives from Bulawayo City Council which date back from 1899.

Also included in the archival collection are the archives from High Court and Magistrates Court in the form of deceased estate files, civil cases files and criminal records. There are also archives from different local government authorities such as Essexvale, Hwange, Khezi, Gwanda etc. There are also delineation reports covering Matabeleland South and Matabeleland North. There is again a collection of oral history covering the cultural aspects of the ethnic groups in Matabeleland. The library at Bulawayo Archives benefits from the Printed Publications Act. This has led to a comprehensive collection of different books and different newspapers including the first Chronicle newspaper of 1894 to present.