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Our Offices

Frontview of the main building

Traction Engine 1903

View from the west Traction Engine brought to National Archives in 1970

Catalogue of Index cards

Index cards properly organised

Archives in music and video

Enlightening music and video files

Our Gallery

Inside the Gallery showing part of Thomas Baines paintings

Film Reels

Film Reels stored in a cold room date back as early as 1948

National Archives of Zimabwe (welcome note)

Welcome to The National Archives of Zimbabwe, a department of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage. Here, you get to learn about Zimbabwe's National Heritage that has been preserved over the years. It is our sincere hope that you will find our website helpful.

Preservation of Files


To be the leading custodian and provider of the documentary heritage of Zimbabwe.


To acquire, preserve and provide public access to Zimbabwean documentation in whatever format, in an efficient and economic manner.


In our endeavour to provide quality service, we are always guided by commitment to our employees, clients and all stakeholders. Our core values have always been integrity, professionalism, transparency and continuous improvement.

Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) 2024 Video

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....ZITF 2024 Video 



The National Archives of Zimbabwe is proud to commemorate the 6th
annual International Archives Week from June 3-9, 2024. Click here for more information.



Get your ISBN

How to get an International Standard Book Number (ISBNs)

The ISBN is an international unique number that identifies one book from another. This service is offered by the library section. Every book that is published must have an ISBN.


When the book is ready for printing, it is the responsibility of the publisher to ensure that the book has an ISBN number. In Zimbabwe this unique number, is issued at the National Archives of Zimbabwe. You can visit National Archives of Zimbabwe Provincial Centres for the processing of ISBN. For your convenience, you can download the form here  and fill in the required details before visiting us.

The forms are completed in triplicate.


If you are come without pre-completed forms remember to bring the following details about the book.

  • Author
  • Title
  • Binding type
  • Edition
  • Name of publisher
  • Address of the publisher


It costs only US $2 per title. Payment is made at our Accounts office. The fee is however subject to change.



Please be informed that, National Archives does not issue ISSN (International Serials Standard Number). To learn more about the issuance of ISSN visit www.issn.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.