The CNMI Archives is dedicated to promoting the archival mission of preserving historical, political and cultural records, texts, AV materials and artifacts of enduring value for the people of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the Micronesia region.
It is mandated through Public Law Nos. 8-18, Postsecondary Education Act and 8-41, Open Government Act, to “maintain publications funded by the CNMI Government, or by regional association or agency receiving local or federal funds for the region, minutes of all meetings held by Commonwealth boards, commissions or agencies, official actions of the legislature, any other official record of the Commonwealth deemed by the archivist to have permanent historical, legal or political significance, any other materials relating to the CNMI or region that have research or historical value.” Today, there are over 500 reels of microfilm pertaining to the CNMI Constitution, the Covenant Negotiations, and Public Laws from the CNMI Legislature from 1978 - 2007.
The archival collection also includes 3,000 reels of microfilm from the former Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands Government, records of the Spanish Colonial Government of the Mariana Islands from 1678 - 1899 and over 139 reels of microfilm courtesy of the Australian Archives on the Military Administration of the German New Guinea Possessions from 1914 - 1923.
Housed at Northern Marianas College in Saipan, the CNMI Archives provides an invaluable resource to NMC students and faculty supporting instructional programs and research. It also serves as the most comprehensive archival repository of CNMI government records.
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and Legal Holidays.