Our Collections

The Archival Collection held at the Belize Archives and Records Service comprises records acquired from Government Ministries and Departments, Non-Government Authorities and the Private Sector. It is comprised of valuable records, some over 200 years old, which highlight the unique and colorful history of Belize. A small sample of the collection includes:

ARCHIVAL RECORDS

  • Court Suits    (1790 – 1990)
  • Private Records    (1790 – 1845)
  • Church Records    (1794 – 1978)
  • Meetings of Magistrates   (1796 – 1853)
  • R-Records (Dispatches)(1805 – 1930’s)
  • Census (1816 – 2010)
  • Naturalization Certificates    (1855 – 1981)
  • Probates & Administration    (1804 – 2000)
  • Ministers Fiat Grants & Plans    (1856 – 1996)
  • Deed Books  
  • Surveyors Plans   (1861 – 1977)
  • Minute Papers    (1893 – 1958)
  • Land Title Register 7    (1863 – 1954)
  • FCT Applications    (1954 – 1988)
  • TCT Applications    (1954 – 1989)
  • Proclamations    (1830 -1914)
  • Acts/Ordinances    (1765 – Present)
  • Statutory Instrument    (1932 – Present)
  • Vital Records  (1881 – 1940’s) (Only on Microfilm) (Available at FamilySearch.org)

REFERENCE COLLECTIONS

AUDIOVISUAL RECORDS

  • House of Representatives Meetings 1988 – 1997
  • Interviews with Prominent Belizean’s 1983 – 1998
  • Original Recordings of Independence Celebrations 1981
  • 1931 Hurricane Sound Documentary
  • Music by Local Artists 1957 to date
  • Folk Songs by Mahogany Cutters 1957
  • Radio Belize (BCB) News Broadcasts 1983 – 1998