The Role of the National Archive of Malaysia in the Collection and Preservation of Our National Heritage

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THE ROLE OF THE NATIONAL ARCHIVE OF MALAYSIA IN THE COLLECTION AND PRESERVATION OF OUR NATIONAL HERITAGE.

INFORMATION CENTRES – NATIONAL ARCHIEVE OF MALAYSIA

INTRODUCTION

Archives usually refer to a collection of public, private and historical records that are preserved because of their historical, cultural or legal significance. It also stands for the exclusive place where all these records are kept. Archives consist of records that are gathered over the course of a person, community or organization’s lifetime. For example, the archives of a person may include letters, photographs, films, financial records, newspaper clippings, diaries or any documentary materials created or collected by the individual or family. Alternatively,
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Therefore, they hold papers and theses of former processors, lecturers and students, records of activities as well as unique memorabilia related to the education institution.

PETRONAS, TELEKOM MALAYSIA, PROTON, MALAYSIA AIRLINES and UEM have their own archives. These corporate archives protect and preserve historic documents as well as records related to the history of their companies. The main purpose of such business archives is to maintain the integrity of the corporation as well as to assist the control over their brand via preserving the corporation’s past. Such business archives are usually not open to public, hence are used only by employees of the corporation. Still, there are some that allow visitors via appointment.

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

The National Archives was established on 1st December, 1957, soon after Malaysia became independent. It was known at that time as the Public Record Office and was headed by a senior expatriate officer with a small number of staff. Its main duty was concentrated on salvaging materials which had survived the war and kept at government departments.

In 1963, after the formation of Malaysia, the department was known as the National Archives of Malaysia, with its major objectives and functions more in line with international practice. Records Management activities were later introduced and in 1965, the Records Centre Building was completed. It was not until
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