1. HOW DO I SEARCH FOR RECORDS?

You may use the basic search feature and enter keywords relevant to your topic of interest. To define specific search parameters such as the agency whose records you wish to view, or a particular time period, use the Advanced Search tab. Our ARR staff will be able to assist in helping you.

2. HOW DO I VIEW RECORDS?

Papers Presented to Parliament (http://www.nas.gov.sg/archivesonline/government_records/highlights) and those in the Singapore Policy History Project (http://www.nas.gov.sg/archivesonline/policy_history) may be viewed online.

All other government records can only be viewed at the Archives Reading Room (ARR) of the National Archives of Singapore at 1, Canning Rise, Singapore 179868.

You may search Archives Online, and submit a request to view records using the e-Request system.

Processing of government records may take up to 12 weeks as NAS contacts public agencies for permission for their files to be viewed.

3. HOW MANY GOVERNMENT FILES MAY I REQUEST?

You may request up to 20 government records each time. If you submit a request for more than 20 records, the files will be processed in batches of 20.

When the first batch is processed, or 12 weeks has passed (whichever is sooner), NAS will process your next request.

We advise that researchers prioritize the files that you need to access.

4. WHY DOES IT TAKE 12 WEEKS TO PROCESS?

Files have to be converted from their original format to digital, then sent to agencies for declassification. Each document will be reviewed by the respective transferring agency(ies), who will take into account national security concerns, confidentiality obligations and personal privacy, when deciding if the file(s) may be viewed. They will then be prepared for viewing.

5. WILL I BE ABLE TO VIEW ALL THE RECORDS I REQUEST?

NAS facilitates requests for access to records. However, the final decision rests with the respective transferring agencies, who will decide taking into account national security concerns, confidentiality obligations, and personal privacy when deciding on whether the file(s) may be viewed.

Not all files allowed for viewing may be automatically permitted for reproduction or quotation. Some may require a written request with details of your usage, before permission is granted from the transferring agencies. The ARR staff will advise you on the decisions for your particular request.

6. HOW DO I REQUEST COPIES OF RECORDS?

Please consult the staff at the Archives Reading Room. You may be required to seek permission from the transferring agency or other rights holders for viewing and/or reproduction.

Format Costs
Computer printout A4 in black and white $0.30
Computer printout A3 in black and white $0.90
Computer printout A4 in colour $0.50
Computer printout A3 in colour $1.05

7. HOW DO I VIEW GOVERNMENT RECORDS ON THE SINGAPORE POLICY HISTORY PROJECT SITE?

Please click this link (http://www.nas.gov.sg/archivesonline/policy_history) to visit the Singapore Policy History Site.

8. IS THERE ANY CHARGE FOR VIEWING GOVERNMENT RECORDS?

Viewing of government records is free, but photocopies of reproductions will be based on the formats and sizes chosen. Our staff at the ARR will assist you on the details.

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