An assessment of the National Archives of Zimbabwe’s Gweru Records Centre

  • Peterson Dewah Department of Records and Archives, National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo
  • Nathan Mnjama Department of Library and Information Studies, University of Botswana
Keywords: Converted building, records centre, inactive records management, public records, Gweru Records Centre


The paper gives an empirical assessment of the suitability of Gweru Records Centre in housing public records. The study employed the descriptive survey method and triangulation of both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection. Data were collected through questionnaires, interviews, observation of the building premises and content analysis of institutional reports. The major findings were that records were at risk as a result of the ageing building, Gweru Records Centre’s location, lack of funding among other reasons. To improve on the records safety, funds should be channelled to the organization for the purposes of constructing a purpose-built records centre.


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