National Records of Scotland

Preserving the past, Recording the present, Informing the future

Records Transfer Policy

Records Transfer Policy

We now only accept local historical records in very restricted circumstances and a case may be made for transferring to local archives some material that we already hold. Transfers will most commonly be made under Charge and Superintendence Agreements, and deposited private records may be transferred at the request of the owner. In the case of public records or records owned by NRS, any final decision on transfer will rest entirely with the Keeper of the Records of Scotland.

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Our Records Transfer Policy (PDF, 85 kB, new window) has been approved by the Keeper of the Records of Scotland. It supports that part of our mission statement which says that “We collect, preserve and produce information about Scotland’s people and history and make it available to inform present and future generations.”