About the Archives Investigator

Welcome to Archives Investigator, the City of Sydney Archives' online information and access database.


Archives Investigator will provide you with descriptions of our archival records and functional and administrative contextual information about them. This information will help you evaluate what records might be relevant to your research.


If you have not used Archives Investigator before, we recommend that you click on the Search Tips link to learn how to best navigate the database. If you have any further questions relating to the database or wish to access any records, please Contact Us.


Note that much of the Archives Collection has not yet been catalogued down to the individual item level. Much of the Collection has only descriptions of broad categories (known as series). The City has an ongoing program to catalogue and digitise the Archives. To date approximately 100,000 items are available digitally via Archives Investigator. So if you search for a name or address and do not get any results this does not necessarily mean we do not hold any relevant information.