Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean

Portal of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean

Cuba - Archivo Nacional de la República de Cuba (National Archive of the Republic of Cuba)

It was established by Royal Decree on 28 January 1840 as the General Archive of the Public Funds of the Island of Cuba, subordinated to the Treasury Department. As of that moment, several successive decrees were issued organizing the activity of archives until on 2001 the archive is subordinated to the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment. 

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Founding Date

1840 January 28


Archival activity, preventive and curative conservation, and historical research.


Compostela 906, Esquina San Isidro, Habana Vieja

Telephone Numbers

(53) 7862 9436

Fax number

(53) 7866 8080

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Person in charge

MSc. Martha Marina Ferriol Marchena. Directora General -

Other members of the Executive

Lic. Elvira Corbelle Sanjurjo, Dra. Yolanda Díaz Martínez, Ing. Alberto Hernández Mengana, MSc. Amilkar Torres, MSC. Enis Pérez, MSc. Bárbaro Frómeta.

Objectives of the institution

The fundamental objective of the National Archive of the Republic of Cuba is to safeguard the historical memory of the Cuban nation, for which it guarantees the processing, conservation, use, access and dissemination of the documentary funds it has under its custody.

Heritage documents under its protection

Numerous documentary collections linked to slavery, maroons, and the slave trade, in Cuba and the Americas, etc; a large percentage consists of original documents.

No single state of conservation may be stated. The state of conservation depends, generally speaking, on the historical period in question. In certain cases the condition should be termed as bad because of the deterioration caused by time and the materials used at the time, others are in better condition.  In general, conservation standards are applied to avoid further deterioration and the documents that are damaged are being restored progressively.

The Archive offers services in a reading room to specialists and state institutions, as well as private individuals who request such service.

Periodicals published by the institution

Bulletin of the National Archive. Established in 1901 it is considered one of the earliest in the Americas. In its pages one may find general information and articles of interest regarding the archives, conservation and historical research. A digital version of the bulletin is currently being developed.