Bridge to the Future

Closure Notice





Re-Opening of The Jamaica Archives Unit (JAU)

The Jamaica Archives and Records Department is pleased to announce the reopening of the Jamaica Archives Unit (JAU), located at 27 King Street, Spanish Town, St. Catherine, on June 17, 2024.
We appreciate your understanding during the period of closure and are eager to assist our valued customers once again.
For further information or assistance, please contact us via email at [email protected] or by telephone at 876-984-2581 or 876-984-5001.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.


In accordance with the Archives Act (1982) and the Archives Regulations (1988), the Objectives of the Department are to: 

  • Serve as the main repository in the country for the preservation of government records relating to the country's history and heritage in paper, audiovisual and electronic formats.
  • Provide a research and reference service to the public, and disseminate information in the collections to promote knowledge and interest in the nation's history and culture.
  • Collect archival materials relating to Jamaica produced by non-government institutions and private persons to ensure that primary materials of value to Jamaica are preserved.
  • Establish standards and procedures for the efficient and effective management of official records in public sector entities at all stages of their life cycle.
  • Provide consulting services and training in records and information management to government ministries and departments.
  • Provide storage facilities for non-current government records awaiting final disposition in keeping with their retention schedules.
  • Provide administrative support to the Archives Advisory Committee.