Archives

All government agencies are required to archive documents used when carrying out their duty. The archives are organized in a way that secures information now, and for the future.

This requirement does not apply for documents from the private sector (businesses, organizations and private citizens).

In addition to being responsible for the Ministry’s own archives, the Ministry of Culture manages the National Archives of Norway and Arts Council Norway. The Ministry also allocates grants for operating the private archives of The Norwegian Labour Movement Archives and Library, Mission Archives and the Asta Foundation.

The National Archives of Norway is led by the Director General, and includes the National Archives, eight Regional State Archives, the Sami Archives and the interim organization of The Norwegian Health Archives.

The main responsibilities of the National Archives of Norway are to:

  • Keep records from all government agencies
  • Ensure that the material is available for use
  • Oversee state, county and municipal record keeping
  • Contribute to the preservation of private archives

The Director General's authority’s legal basis is the Archives Act.

The National Archives of Norway store archives from the state government and other national ministries and state institutions. It also stores several private archives from businesses, organizations, institutions and individuals.

The Regional State Archives store archives from local and regional governments, and private archives from businesses, organizations, institutions and individuals. There are state archives in Hamar, Oslo, Kongsberg, Kristiansand, Stavanger, Bergen, Trondheim and Tromsø. 

Arts Council Norway manages the government subsidies for private archives.

The main objective of the allocations to archive purposes is to ensure cohesive documentation from the Norwegian society, increase use of the archives and develop common solutions for the archive sector.