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Archives[edit | edit source]

National Archives of Sierra Leone
Fourah Bay College Mount
Aureol
Freetown
Telephone: 232 22 227509
Email: bert_moore90@hotmail.com
Website: National Archives of Sierra Leone
Website #2: Sierra Leone Public Archives

The Sierra Leone Public Archives include the holdings of the British colonial government and subsequently the independent Republic of Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone Blue Books
British Online Archives
Main Street
East Ardsley
Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF3 2AP UK
Telephone: 0 1924 825700
Email: info@britishonlinearchives.co.uk
Website: Sierra Leone Blue Books

Sierra Leone has had that name since the 15th century. It was established as a colony for freed slaves at a time when slavery continued elsewhere. These books include population numbers, the accounts and lists of Sierra Leone's officers. Details of its trading partners and social services are also in these records. Each book has a contents page at the front so that you can see if the data set you need is included.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Bo Regional Library
Bo
Southern Province
Website: Bo Regional Library

Fatima College Library
University of Makeni
Makeni
Bombali District
Northern Province
Telephone: +232 76 670769
Email: info@universityofmakeni.com
Website: Fatima College Library

Museums[edit | edit source]

National Railway Museum
Cline Town
Freetown
Telephone: +232 77 423575/ 076662157/ 077376580
Website: National Railway Museum
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The museum has a fine collection of historical 2’6” gauge railway locomotives, coaches, wagons and related equipment from the former Sierra Leone Railway that once connected Freetown to Pendembu via the second principal city of Bo, and to the major town of Makeni.

Sierra Leone National Museum
Siaka Stevens St
Cotton Tree
Freetown
Telephone: +232 022 223555
Website: Sierra Leone National Museum
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Sierra Leone’s National Museum is located at the centre of Freetown under the branches of the city’s famous Cotton Tree. It is the hub of many cultural activities in Freetown and holds an important collection of Sierra Leonean artefacts and artworks.

Sierra Leone Peace Museum
Jomo Kenyatta Rd
Freetown
Telephone: +232 76 819242
Email: dumbuya1@un.org
Email #2: slpeacemuseum@gmail.com
Website: Sierra Leone Peace Museum
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The Peace Museum includes a memorial to victims, an exhibit which documents and narrates the war’s history and the peace process, and an archive and law library containing an unparalleled collection of documents relating to the conflict, including the public records of the SCSL and of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Record Offices[edit | edit source]

Office of Chief Registrar
Births and Deaths Office
3 Wilberforce Street
Freetown
Website: Civil registration and vital statistics systems

The office of the Registrar of Births and Deaths is a unit of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and is responsible for vital registration. District Registrars are employees of local councils (local government) but are supervised by staff of the MoHS. Almost all of the 149 Chiefdoms have a Community Health Officer (an employee of MoHS) who registers births and deaths.