Arsip Propinsi Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam

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This is the provincial archive for Aceh, Indonesia's westernmost province, famous for its fierce piety, longstanding low-level rebellion, and devastation after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. The great strength of the archive is on the lowest level: papers generated by kecamatan in the period shortly after Indonesian independence.





Jl. Teuku Nyak Arief, Banda Aceh; approximately across from Kantor Gubernur

(Sometimes when asking about the Provincial Library one will be directed to a location further along the road towards the university campuses-- this is only the library division and has no archive holdings. The archives are located across the street from a filling station, within site of the governor's office.)





Schedule & hours

Closed on Indonesian national holidays, and expect minimal service leading up to major Muslim holidays.

Working language(s)

Indonesian is accepted by all, and almost all of the archival documents are in Indonesian, but the staff love hearing Acehnese.

Directions to the archive


A small sampling of some of the collections available:

  • Kecamatan Lhok'Nga/ Leupung, Aceh Besar, 1934-1952
  • Kecamatan Lhok'nga/ Leupung, Aceh Besar, 1953-1973
  • DPRD Aceh, tahun 1957-59
  • IAIN Jami'ah Ar-Raniry Darussalam, 1959-1994
  • Kecamatan Bandar Baru Dati II Pidie, 1953-1981
  • Kecamatan Mesjid Raya, Aceh Besar, 1952-1969
  • Keresidenan Aceh, 1945-49 and 1951-55
  • Gubernur Aceh, 1950

Research procedures


All foreign researchers are required to obtain a research permit (Surat Izin Penelitian) from MenRisTek for any academic research in Indonesia and to report themselves to the local government in each province where they conduct research. For more information on this process, see Research Procedures for Foreigners from the Indonesian Ministry of Research and Technology. In Aceh, they are not stringent about this, but want to see the letter from the provincial level especially (national and city letters are just icing, it seems).

Permitted and prohibited items

(if possible, account for laptop computers, cameras, scanners, phones, pens and pencils, loose papers, and so on)

  • Permitted:
  • Prohibited:

Document ordering and delivery

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Photocopying, photography, microfilming

(what are costs, permits, and page limits? how long do you have to wait?)

Key individuals

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(details on food, coffee, lockers, washrooms, transportation, internet access, and the like)

See also

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