City Archives manages the City of Helsinki archiving operations and acts as the City’s central archives. As central archives, City Archives stores and maintains the records that result from the City’s public activities and should be stored over long periods of time. City Archives provides information and researcher services related to its records.
The records of City Archives well illustrate the evolution of Helsinki. It is one of the largest public archives in Finland.
City Archives stores:
- Records of the City organization that are older than 20 years and are to be stored permanently
- Records of City departments and agencies that have ceased operations
- Archived records of Helsinki associations and other non-profit organizations, housing companies and private citizens.
The oldest preserved document of the City is from 1589, and the oldest document series date back to the 18th century. City Archives conserves these documents.
City Archives steers the archiving operations of City departments and corporations with written and spoken instructions, and it provides archiving training, performs archives inspections and participates in archive-management development projects.