Started as a records centre in 1966. In 2001 a purpose-built archival building was opened thereby National Archives of Zimbabwe (Bulawayo) began offering both archival, records and library services. Some of the oldest archival material in Bulawayo Archives are the archives from Bulawayo City Council which date back from 1899.

Also included in the archival collection are the archives from High Court and Magistrates Court in the form of deceased estate files, civil cases files and criminal records. There are also archives from different local government authorities such as Essexvale, Hwange, Khezi, Gwanda etc. There are also delineation reports covering Matabeleland South and Matabeleland North. There is again a collection of oral history covering the cultural aspects of the ethnic groups in Matabeleland. The library at Bulawayo Archives benefits from the Printed Publications Act. This has led to a comprehensive collection of different books and different newspapers including the first Chronicle newspaper of 1894 to present.






Functions/ Services

We offer:

  • Expert records management advice to central government ministries and departments, local authorities and statutory bodies in accordance to the provisions of the National Archives Act Chapter 25:06 of 1986.
  • Low cost storage and preservation of semi-current records to all government ministries and departments, local authorities and statutory bodies.
  • Access or reference services to agencies whose records are in our custody.
  • Access to delineation reports of communities across the province to members of the public.


Address / Location

The Archivist

Masvingo Records Centre

4TH Floor ZIMRE Centre

Cnr Simon Mazorodze & Hughes Street



Contact details

Tel: +263 2264 178/9 or +263 2265331

Business hours

We are open to our clients during the following hours:

Monday – Friday

0800 – 1600hrs

Masvingo Records centre is closed on weekends and public holidays



The new under construction Masvingo Records Centre on Stand 889 along Zimuto Road