City of Sydney Archives

Identity area



Authorized form of name

City of Sydney Archives

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name


  • Municipal

Contact area


City Archivist



Street address

Level 1, Town Hall House, 456 Kent Street, Sydney




New South Wales

Country name

Postal code



02 9265 9618



Description area


Geographical and cultural context

Since the 1800s the City has absorbed other municipalities as Sydney has grown and developed. See

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Officer in charge: City Archivist

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.



The City of Sydney Archives holds more than 12,000 shelf metres of archives relating to the City of Sydney council and people, places and events within its local government area. It is both a corporate and collecting archive.

Some high use series include:

  • CRS 17, Assessment books, 1845-1949 (online access and digitisation in progress as at 2018).
  • 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- present (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, as at 2018).

Finding aids, guides and publications

Access area

Opening times

Open Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm by appointment.
Closed public holidays.

Access conditions and requirements

Advance notice (by email) of your research visit is required, so we can assess your document needs and arrange an appointment for you. Almost all original records are held offsite so we are unable to help people who just show up. Prospective researchers are encouraged to visit the Archives pages on the City of Sydney website for more information about records held.


The City of Sydney Archives is wheelchair accessible.

Services area

Research services

General reference assistance available. The City of Sydney Archives has an active digitisation program with many heavily used series available through the web.

Reproduction services

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 20 March 2018




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Built Environment (Thematic area)
  • Local Studies (Thematic area)
  • Politics and Government (Thematic area)
  • Populations (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Level 1, Town Hall House, 456 Kent Street, Sydney
Sydney, New South Wales 2001