Bridge to the Future


Under the Archives Act 1982, the Jamaica Archives and Records Department:

  1. Identifies, acquires, preserves and make accessible records of national significance, from the public as well as other sectors, for the benefit of national and other researchers.
  2. Assists government ministries, departments, statutory bodies, public corporations and parish councils in the effective and efficient management and use of official records, which support public sector activities, government accountability and transparency and the maintenance of corporate memory.
  3. Plays a leadership role in the provision of advice, standards, and professional development, communication and evaluation activities to information professionals in parish councils and government entities.
  4. Supports the Jamaican records and information community and Caribbean archival community. It endeavors to provide a leadership role in strategic management and use, of government records/information as well as shaping the Jamaican public sector as the model for best practices in records/information management and use.