An introduction to the Okinawa Prefectural Archives

In June 1988, the Public Archives Act was passed as the basic law relating to public archives. This provided the legal basis for the establishment and administration of national and local public authority archives. In Okinawa, the Okinawa Prefectural Archives (OPA) were established on April 1, 1995 as a place to gather, organize and preserve important official documents as historical records in order to promote their use in providing sources on the history and culture of Okinawa. Since the opening of the OPA on August 1, 1995 and up to the present, we have consistently worked to fulfill this responsibility.

Among the official documents created or acquired by Okinawa Prefecture officials are materials with great historical and cultural value, which represent the shared cultural heritage of the public in this prefecture. It is the role of the OPA to evaluate and select official documents which should be preserved in perpetuity as historical records, and to organize and conserve them for the use of residents of the Prefecture.

The OPA holds archives related to Okinawa, such as records of the Okinawa Prefectural Government, the Government of the Ryukyu Islands (GRI), the United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands (USCAR), and historical materials of the Ryukyuan Kingdom period, as well as visual and audio materials. We are working to improve the indexing of the database and the retrieval system to make the searching of the archives easier for users. To increase the user base, we also hold exhibitions, lectures, courses, screenings and other events, as well as publishing a variety of periodicals.

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