The National Archives of Singapore (NAS) is the keeper of records of national or historical significance. The records acquired by NAS come from both public agencies and private sources.  Records in various mediums and formats are safeguarded and preserved.

The immensely rich collection continues to grow as NAS fulfils its mission to actively acquire records that will serve as the corporate memory of the Government and the social memory of our people.  This memory allows current and future generations of Singaporeans to understand our different cultures, explore our common heritage and appreciate who we are and how we became a nation.

Each year, the Government of Singapore produces and receives over a million records, ranging from media releases to documents related to daily administrative issues. An important mandate of NAS is to facilitate the effective management of these documents, to determine and preserve those of archival value. These records offer insights into the forces and factors that shaped the policies of Singapore.

To promote archival knowledge, NAS also conducts lectures and presentations pertaining to archival management, preservation and conservation, for public agencies, overseas counterparts and schools. NAS also curates archival holdings into engaging and informative exhibitions, publications and programmes, to generate greater awareness of its resources.

The National Archives of Singapore is guided by the National Library Act to:

  1. Acquire, by purchase, bequest, donations or otherwise, any document, book or other material which is or is likely to be of national or historical significance
  2. Obtain transfers of public records which are of national or historical significance
  3. Acquire through deposit upon request, audio visual recordings that have been broadcasted or made public in Singapore
  4. Collect oral history interviews on the history of Singapore.