Arsip Nasional Republik Indonesia (ANRI)
This is the largest collection in Indonesia and the authoritative repository for the Indonesian government. They also have some personal collections and some colonial collections.
Jl. Ampera Raya No. 7
62 21 7805851
62 21 7810280
Schedule & hours
The archives are open 8:30am-3:30pm Monday-Thursday (with delivery service on lunch break from 12:00 noon- 1:00pm), 8:30am-12:00 noon on Friday (at noon the archives are closed completely for Friday prayers). You may read that ANRI is open on Saturday mornings, but this is a deceptive reference to the fact that the "historical diorama" in the lobby of the ANRI building is open to the public Saturday morning; no archive access services are offered on Saturdays. The archives are also closed on all national holidays ("tanggal merah").
Of course, the two languages that comprise 99% of the archived material are Indonesian and Dutch. The ANRI staff are prepared to help patrons in Indonesian and English, and Dutch in a pinch.
Directions to the archive
Most taxis, when given the address on Jl. Ampera, will know immediately where that is, but if they need their memory jogged, you can tell them it is near the South Jakarta District Court (Pengadilan Tinggi JakSel).
If you want to reach ANRI on public transportation, the following buses/ angkot pass right in front:
- From terminal Blok M : Kopaja P19, Kopaja S605, Kopaja S605A, Kopaja S63.
- From terminal Pasar Minggu : Kopaja S605A, Mikrolet M36, KWK S11.
- From Kampung Melayu : Kopaja S612
- From Tanah Abang : Kopaja P19
- From Kampung Rambutan : Kopaja S605
- From terminal Lebak Bulus : KWK S11
- From Depok : S63.
ANRI's holdings are a haphazard collection from a wide variety of sources, with widely varying levels of completeness, skill in their cataloging, upkeep, etc. An incomplete online catalog is available at http://www.jikn.anri.go.id/archives.aspx , but one can only search it for keywords, not browse by collections. Also, be advised that this catalog does not incorporate many of the catalogs available in hard copy in the ANRI reading room; perhaps only one-third of the post-independence collections have been entered.
The most basic division in the collection is between paper archives (Arsip Konvensional) and multimedia archives (Arsip Media Baru). After that, the other major division in the collection is between colonial-period (anything before August 17, 1945, including a large amount from the Algemeene Rijksarchief in the Netherlands) and independence-period (August 17, 1945 forward) documents.
Dutch Algemeene Rijksarchief Collection
This collection includes sub-groups of religious organizations (20 collections), educational organizations (19 collections), and regional organizations (9 collections), as well as general collections (34 collections).
These archives are organized both regionally and by ministry, with special free-standing collections for certain individuals and organizations.
The independence period collection includes both institutional archives and personal collections. The institutional archives (Arsip Institusi, organized by their collection numbers at ANRI) are as follows:
- RA1 Algemeene Secretarie 1944-1950
- RA2 Sekretariat Negara RI, 1945-1949
- RA3 Jogja Documenten 1946-1948
- RA4 Pemerintah Darurat RI (PDRI), 1949
- RA5 Kabinet Perdana Menteri RI, Yogyakarta, 1949-1950
- RA6 Sekretariat Negara RI Yogyakarta, Desember 1949-1950
- RA7 Kabinet Presiden 1950-1959
- RA8 Delegasi Indonesia 1947-1951
- RA9 Konstituante 1950-1952
- RA10 Pidato Presiden RI Soekarno 1958-1967
- RA11 Kementrian Dalam Negeri 1945-1949
- RA12 Kementrian Penerangan 1945-1949
- RA13 Kementrian Penerangan 1945-1949 (buku kedua)
- RA14 Kementrian Sosial dan Perburuhan 1946-1950
- RA15 Kementrian Pertanian 1950-1981
- RA16 Kementrian Keuangan 1950-1969
- RA17 Wakil Perdana Menteri Bidang Ekubang tahun 1966
- RA18 Kementrian Pertahanan 1946
- RA19 Kepolisian Negara 1947-1949
- RA20 Angkatan Laut 1959-1964
- RA21 Badan Pekerja Komite Nasional Indonesia (BPKNIP) 1945-1950
- RA22 SOBSI 1950-1965
- RA23 Nahdatul Ulama (NU) 1954-1979
- RA24 Palang Merah Indonesia tahun 1948-2002
- RA25 Sekretariat Wakil Presiden HB IX tahun 1973-1978
- RA26 Sekretariat Wapres Adam Malik tahun 1978-1982
- RA27 Boven Digul 1927-42, 1954
- RA28 Persatuan Wartawan Indoensia, tahun 1969-2001
- RA29 Kabinet Perdana Menteri RI tahun 1950-1968
- RA30 Kwartier Nasional Gerakan Pramuka tahun 1961-1979
- RA31 Daftar orang-orang Terkemuka di Jawa
- RA32 Ikatan Pemuda Pelajar Indonesia 1945-1971
- RA33 Sekretariat Menko Perhubungan dengan Rakyat 1963-1966
- RA34 PP Muhammadiyah
- RA35 Departemen Angkatan Laut
- RA36 Netherlands Forces Intelligence Service 1946-1949
- RA37 BAPEKAN 1959-1962
- RA38 Koninklijk Bataviaasch Genootscaap
- RA39 Kabinet Presiden Republik Indonesia Serikat 1949-1950
- RA40 Anggota DPR-RI
- RA41 Menko EKUIN Pengawasan Pembangunan 1994-1999
- RA42 Departemen Agama II 1976-2000
- RA43 Legiun Veteran RI Wil Jawa Barat
- RA44 Legiun Veteran RI Wil DKI Jakarta
- RA45 Legiun Veteran RI Wil DI Yogyakarta
- RA46 Legiun Veteran RI Wil Jawa Timur
- RA47 Tromol Pos 5000 Wil DI Aceh 1989-1995
- RA48 Tromol Pos 5000 Wil Sumatera Barat 1989-1995
- RA49 Keputusan Presiden Periode Tahun 1950
- RA50 Undang-undang Periode Tahun 1950
- RA51 Undang-undang Periode Tahun 1959
- RA52 Peraturan Pemerintah Pengganti UU Periode Tahun 1959
- RA53 Peraturan Pemerintah
- RA54 Instruksi Presiden 1959-1960
- RA55 Penetapan Presiden Tahun 1959
- RA56 Peraturan Presiden Tahun 1959
- RA57 Meneg. Agraria/ Badan Pertahanan Nasional
- RA58 Setwapres Umar Wirahadikusuma
- RA59 Masjid Istiqlal
- RA60 Java Institut
- RA61 Eks Asisten Menteri/ Sekneg Urusan Admin Pemerintahan Jilid 1 (1967-1989)
- RA62 Eks Asisten Menteri/ Sekneg Urusan Admin Pemerintahan Jilid 2 (1990-1995)
- RA63 Eks Asisten Menteri/ Sekneg Urusan Admin Pemerintahan Jilid 3 (1996-1998)
- RA64 Kabinet Perdana Menteri 1950-1959
- RA65 BAPPENAS
- RA66 Menko Pengawasan Pembangunan PAN 1993-2000
- RA67 Departemen Agama II 1971-1999
- RA68 DPA Perundang-undangan 1976-1985
- RA69 Kep. Mentri P&K 1966, 1969-1980
- RA70 Kep. Mentri P&K 1981-1990
- RA71 PT POS Indonesia dan PT Jasa Raharja Tahun 1952-2002
- RA72 PT INKA, PT Pelabuhan Indonesia dan Bank Bukopin Tahun 1910-2002
- RA73 Komisi Pemilihan Umum Tahun 1971-1999
- RA74 Sekretaris Kabinet, Seri Perundang-undangan Tahun 1961
The personal collections (Arsip Perorangan, organized by ANRI collection number) that ANRI (sometimes anachronistically) classifies as being from the independence period are as follows:
- RB1 Kartini
- RB2 Frintz Laoh 1917-1980
- RB3 Kadarusman Notosoedirdjo 1917-1980
- RB4 Lambertus Nicodemus Palar 1928-1981
- RB5 Winoto Danu Asmoro 1933-1971
- RB6 Wiweko Soepeno 1943-1984
- RB7 Marzuki Arifin 1945-1984
- RB8 Dr. W. Partaningrat 1946-1948
- RB9 Abdul Wahab, 1946-1986
- RB10 R.P. Suroso 1946-1986
- RB11 Sjafruddin Prawiranegara, 1949-1969 Under revision
- RB12 Roeslan Abdul Gani 1950-1976
- RB13 Soebadio Sastrosatomo 1955-1968
- RB14 Soetikno Lukito Disastro 1959-1960
- RB15 Sutan Muhammad Rasjid, 1958-1961
- RB16 Djamal Marsudi 1947-1979
- RB17 Mohammad Bondan 1945-1968
- RB18 Ahmad Husein & Hasan Ahmad, 1958, 1959-1961
- RB19 Sjafruddin Prawiranegara, 1958-1967 Under revision
- RB20 Mohammad Yamin
The sub-headings in this group are cartography, photographs, films, and oral history tapes.
Technically, any foreign researcher conducting any academic research anywhere in Indonesia must enter the country on a research visa and secure a research permit (Surat Izin Penelitian) from the Indonesian Ministry of Research and Technology. For information on this process, see Research Procedures for Foreigners. Although legally the National Archives are bound to require this of any foreign citizen, the current staff has only just begun to enforce this requirement and only of graduate students, not senior scholars, and not from certain institutions with which they have longstanding relationships. (This could be seen as good hospitality or blatant corruption, depending on how you feel about the fees paid when getting a research permit, which allow facilities like the National Archives to remain open.)
Indonesian citizens merely need to present a copy of their KTP (and, for students, a letter from their university) to gain access to the archives.
Permitted and prohibited items
Laptops, notebooks, pencils, ink pens, and looseleaf paper are all welcome in the reading room. Cameras or scanners of any kind are not permitted. Cell phones are tolerated, but any cell phone conversations must be taken outside. Of course, food and drink are prohibited in the reading room.
Document ordering and delivery
Documents are requested on a form available at the service desk. Each form can accommodate five folders, and the maximum number of requests each day is four forms.
The archives has a stated (and posted) policy of 30-minute service for delivering archives after they are ordered. This is a great goal, but it is very rarely achieved. Generally, one can expect the archives in an hour under normal circumstances. Any tardiness or difficulty in delivery is blamed on the folks "out back" ("di belakang"), making recourse for any unfulfilled requests extremely challenging. The most successful method is to try the request again the next day. When that does not work, there is very little that can be done, even when the staff in the reading room are on your side.
Requests submitted in the hour before lunch (11am - 12 noon) are often lost and must be reprocessed after lunch (after 1pm). Also, requests and document delivery are entirely closed from 12 noon - 1pm. Requests made after 2:30pm are generally processed the next day.
Photocopying, photography, microfilming
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