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WHAT RECORDS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE STRAITS SETTLEMENTS, OVERSEAS AND PRIVATE RECORDS DATABASE?

This database has 3 collections - (1) Straits Settlements Records, (2) overseas records and (3) private records.

The Straits Settlements Records (SSR) is a collection of records relating to British administration of the Straits Settlements (SS) comprising Singapore, Penang and Malacca from 1826 to 1946. The SSR consists of several series such as despatches, letters from the Governor and Resident Councilors of the SS to the Malay Rulers, blue books detailing the schedule of taxes, duties, and other sources of revenue/expenditure of the SS and government gazettes.

Copies of records pertaining to Singapore have been acquired from overseas archives and institutions to supplement our records on the important milestones and developments in Singapore's history. The bulk of these records are from the National Archives, United Kingdom as Singapore was once part of the British Empire. Apart from the UK, NAS has also acquired copies of records from other institutions such as the National Archives of Australia and National Archives & Records Administration (USA).

Our collection of private records include diaries, minutes of meetings, reports and other documents acquired from individuals, clubs and societies, professional bodies, religious organisations, and clan associations.

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HOW DO I VIEW RECORDS?

Only the metadata of the records are made available on the database. Should you wish to view copies of these records, please submit a request using the media-image number (e.g. 2008000732-0042) or microfilm number (e.g. NAB 2043) to the Archives Reading Room (ARR). The duty officer will retrieve either the CD or microfilm and guide you on the use of the computer or microfilm reader respectively.

Please fill in this form and email it to nas@nlb.gov.sg. We will advise on the availability and the conditions governing viewing and reproduction for reference purposes within three to five working days.

We do not provide the original records or our hardcopy records for viewing as these are kept in a controlled and secured environment for long-term preservation and it is necessary to minimise handling and movements of these records.

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HOW DO I REQUEST FOR COPIES OF RECORDS?

Should you wish to request for copies of certain records, please refer to the Ordering section.

Please note copyright matters and access conditions. National Archives of Singapore may in most cases, but not always, be able to give you details of the copyright owner

Unauthorised use or reproduction of any record from Archives Online constitutes copyright violation.

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CAN I VISIT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF SINGAPORE?

You are welcome to visit the Archives Reading Room of the National Archives of Singapore. NAS (including the ARR) will be closed for renovations from 30 September 2017 to end 2018. During this period, ARR services will continue to be provided at Level 11 of the National Library Building from 9 October 2017. For more information, please visit http://www.nas.gov.sg/Archives-Reading-Room

The address of the relocated ARR is:
Level 11
Lee Kong Chian Reference Library
National Library Building
100 Victoria Street
Singapore 188064
Directions to the National Library building can be found here.

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HOW DO I GIVE COMMENTS, COMPLIMENTS OR FEEDBACK?

You can leave a comment, compliment or feedback via the Contact Us section. Alternatively, you can also drop us an email at nas@nlb.gov.sg.

If you would like to comment on a particular record while viewing the record on Archives Online, please click on the "do you have more information on this record" link. We will review all comments and respond to your feedback.

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