Official Records

These are records of the Government of St. Christopher  and Nevis and its agencies. They are an important, unique source of evidence and information about the nature of the Government and its activities. The creation, maintenance and accessibility of public records are essential to

  • allow the community to retain and transfer knowledge, learn from past experience, and protect the interests of citizens collectively and individually;
  • help satisfy people’s interest in the decisions and actions of Government that affected their lives and those of previous generations or shaped the development of St. Christopher and Nevis

Careful attention to record keeping is needed to realise the benefits that records can provide. Appraisal is a process that identifies the need for records. The outcomes of appraisal are decisions and plans that set out the actions to be taken for the creation, capture, maintenance and disposal of records. See our Appraisal Policy

Government creates vast quantities of records every yer, and there is strong pressure to economize in the areas of records storage, maintenance and servicing. The National Archives recognises that

  • official records should not be retained longer than reasonably required only a very small proportion of all records created will need to be kept permanently. See our Records Management Policy
  • records placed in its care must be preserved for present and future use. See our Preservation Policy
  • its holdings must be made accessible to all within the boundaries set by legal and preservation concerns see our Access Policy

Private Records

These are records created by individuals or non-governmental entities such as businesses and charities and other enterprises. The National Archives accepts such records as long as the material in them relates to the country or if they were created by a citizen of the state.

This can be done either through the transfer of ownership in which case the collection is accepted as a gift for public benefit, or as deposit on loan. See Terms of Deposit