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Archives and Registry

The Central Records Office is the official repository for the records of the administration, of faculties, departments and other academic units, organisations, clubs and societies, and of persons involved in, or closely associated with, the University.

The University Archives, Central and Student Registries are departments of the Central Records Office, which is a division of the Academic Administration Unit responsible to the Registrar.

The Central Records Office is responsible for providing records-keeping advice to university departments, for developing systems for effective control of documents, files and records in all formats, and for implementing information and records management policies, standards, and procedures. This includes responsibility for the survey, inventory, description, appraisal, disposition, and accession of official university records. It covers both records designated for archival retention and records of temporary value.

Services provided include advice and assistance with:

  • records classification systems
  • records retention and disposition schedules
  • disaster preparedness and vital records protection
  • records management training and implementation projects
  • methods and systems for the identification, transfer, and preservation of archival materials


Researchers are required to fill in researcher’s registration form from University Archives. Please print out the form and send the completed form to Phemy.manganyi@wits.ac.za or hand it in to Central Records Office Room 4015, Solomon Mahlangu House.

If you have any difficulty with the process or you are not able to view or complete the form, call 011 717 1251/3

Contact us

The Central Records Office is located on the 4th floor of Solomon Mahlangu House, the University's main administrative building, situated on the Braamfontein East Campus.

Central Records Office
University of Wits
Private Bag 3
Wits 2050

Phemy Lekalakala 

Tel: 27 (0) 11 717 1251/3
Fax: 27 (0) 11 717 1316