The National Archives was established in the year of 1996 A.D. This is the principal institution for managing, protecting and preserving the country's archival documents. it also worked as a public record management office of Government of Nepal. The National Archives being the repository of government, public and reserachers. Archives preservation Act is the principle legislative text for the protection and management of archival documents of the country,which was enacted in 1989 AD. Under the provision of Act the offices shall transfer more than twenty-five years old documents of national importance of the National Archives and any person , who has any documents having national importance , may transfer such documents to the National Archives.National Archives of Nepal is prominenly located with in the premises of Singh Darbar( Central Secretariat of the Government of Nepal ) on Ramshah Path in Kathmandu.
• To collect and preserve the nation’s wealth of archives for present and future generations.
• To receive documents of record, or official copies of such, from government bodies and government-related agencies.
• To provide access facilities to researchers so that they may consult archival documents and to make available, upon request, duplicate copies of such material.
• To advise government bodies and government-related agencies on the safe-keeping of their records.
• To function as a public records management office for the Government of Nepal.
Since 2068, the National Archives has been under the Department of Archaeology, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.
The National Archives is the principal institution for the management, protection, and preservation of the country’s archival documents. It consists of two main sections: the Archival Section and the Microfilm Section. The Archival Section is again divided into three main sub-sections: Manuscripts, Archival, and Conservation. The Archival Section is responsible for the receiving, storing, managing, and publishing of archival documents. The well-equipped Microfilm Section is responsible for the microfilming and digitizing of archival documents, the storage of microfilm reels, and the provision of study and microfilm copy facilities to researchers.
• Receiving documents of record from the Government of Nepal, and accepting other documents of national interest from private sources,
• Preserving the records of the Government of Nepal in its custody and regulating access to them as per the provisions of the Archives Preservation Act, 1989,
• Preparing inventories and other reference tools for other archival documents,
• Microfilming and digitizing the archival documents. Nearly all collections of the National Archives were microfilmed by the Nepal-German Manuscript Preservation Project (NGMPP) during the period from 1970 to 2001. In addition, a considerable number of documents belonging to different institutions or private owners were microfilmed by the NGMPP all over Nepal.
Digitization of its archival documents and valuable manuscripts of its holdings are being digitized by the National Archives.
At present, the microfilm collection accumulated by the NGMPP and kept in the National Archives comprises 5,300,000 folios from 181,500 individual manuscripts, preserved on negative and positive microfilm reels.
• Preparing catalogues of the manuscripts. In 2002 a comprehensive descriptive catalogue of the manuscripts contained in the A, B, and C series of microfilms produced by the NGMPP, being prepared by the Nepalese-German Manuscript Cataloguing Project (NGMCP).