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Level 1, Town Hall House, 456 Kent Street, Sydney 2001
GPO Box 1591, Sydney 2001
Geographical and cultural context
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Records management and collecting policies
The Archives is responsible for managing all non-current records created by Sydney City Council since 1842 and most of its predecessor organisations since 1859. Some records created by elected officials are also held. We are also the archival agency for the Festival of Sydney Ltd.
The Archives is also responsible for the Sydney Reference Collection of publications and semi-published material, and information folders containing ready-reference material, on aspects of Sydney City history especially the built environment. We actively seek material for inclusion in the Sydney Reference Collection and welcome donations.
CRS 17: Assessment books 1845-1949 (online access and digitisation in progress).
CRS 51: Demolition photograph books 1900-1939 (part of our ArchivePix catalog of about 40,000 images available online).
CRS 126 Building application plans 1909+ (720m)(all catalogued online).
CRS 116: Central activity files 1979-1987 (441m)(all catalogued online).
CRS 34: Town Clerks' correspondence files 1914-1978 (1054m)(all catalogued online).
CRS 28: Town Clerks correspondence folders 1900-1913 (400m) (all catalogued online).
CRS 26: Letters received by the Council 1842-1899 (online cataloguing and digitisation in progress).
Quantity: approx 11,000 metres
Finding aids, guides and publications
Open Mon-Fri (except public holidays) 9am-4:30pm by appointment. General reference assistance available. On-site copying services available for most records to A3, microfilm. Copies available (with delay) for photographs and larger records such as drawings. Introductory brochure and leaflets describing access and services available. Many heavily used series have been microfilmed and the originals are not normally made available for public research.
The records are documented by a locally-modified form of the Australian Archives 'CRS' system, including documentation of functions and activities. Documentation covers approximately 15 Organisations, 180 Agencies, 900 Records Series, 28 Functions and 105 Activities.