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National Archives and Research Department

Following the formation of the Turkish Cyprus National Archive and Research Center, at the Top Hisarı (Cannon Bastion) in Nicosia in 1971, the research study hall was opened in 18 June 1973. On 11 January 1975, the Archive moved to the premises in Kyrenia which is still in service today.

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The foundation activities of the National Archive, which houses the historical and cultural heritage of Cyprus in general and the Turkish Cypriot Community specifically and undertakes the mission to be the national memory, commenced in 1969 with the requests of the intellectuals. The proposal which was submitted to the Executive Council by late Rauf Raif Denktaş on 9 August 1971  was accepted and the decision for the establishment of the National Archive as a branch of the Department of Youth, Sports, Village and Public Education was realized.

Approximately 10,000 documents about Cyprus were collected from the archives of the Prime Ministry and Topkapı Palace Museum in İstanbul, Ministry of Foregin Affairs, Directorate General of Foundations, Directorate General of Land Registers in Ankara and from the museums were microfilmed and brought to Cyprus in December 1971.

During this procces, the Department of Youth, Sports, Village and Public Education started to collect newspapers, magazines and documents from the community. The documents from Turkish institutions and organizations and institutions, offices and some houses which were abandoned after the Peace Operation were also added to this accumulation.

Following the formation of the Turkish Cyprus National Archive and Research Center, at the Top Hisarı (Cannon Bastion) in Nicosia in 1971, the research study hall was opened in 18 June 1973. On 11 January 1975, the Archive moved to the premises in Kyrenia which is still in service today.

National Archive and Research Department had achieved the status of official department by Law 15/1990 and  M. Haşim Altan was appointed director of the department by 1 July 1991. 

In spite of the in-service traning, the materials which were collected from the institutions, organizations and the community could not been sorted and organized and a great piling up of the documents was emerged. To resolve this situation, storage building no. 1 and storage building no. 2 were constructed in 1987 and in 2000 respectively and a Special Room for manuscripts was constructed in 1998. 

After the retirement of M. Haşim Altan in 2000, Gökhan Şengör was appointed as the director and the Reconstruction Period at the National Archive had started. During the classification and organizing progress, the requirement of a new building with real archival standards was occured and the construction of the new modern storage building began. On 20 July 2012, the new bulding with a shelf length of 10 kilometers and climatization facilities was put into service.

On 01 January 2008, the National Archive and Research Department became a part of the Presidency with the aim of being independent and preserving also the archives of the non-governmental organisations, commercial partnerships (such as Cyprus Turkish Airlines, Personnel Charity Fund, etc.) and political parties.