Stirling Council Archives was originally formed as Central Region Archives after local government reorganisation in 1975 and held the records for all the local authorities and their predecessors making up the Central Region area of Scotland. This covered all of historic Stirlingshire and part of historic Perthshire. After a further reorganisation in 1996, Stirling Council was created and may of the records for the new Councils of Falkirk and Clackmannanshire were transferred to the custodianship of those Councils. The Archvies was originally situated in the old Stirling High School building and moved to its present location in 2003.
Geographical and cultural context
Stirling is situated at the heart of Scotland and the Council adminsters a wide area from Fintry in the south to Killin in the north. The core holdings of the Archives are the records of local government administration from the 14th century to the present day.
Mandates/Sources of authority
The Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 (s.65) gave the mandate for the creation of the Central Region Archives. The Local Government (Scotland) Act 1994 (c. 39) provided the mandate for the creation of Stirling Council Archives.
The Archives sits in the Communities and Culture Department of the Council along with Libraries. The section is known as Libraries and Archives.
Records management and collecting policies
The Council has a separate Records Management unit and staff there work closely with the Archives team. The Archives has an acquisition policy which is available on request. Largely, this policy confines the acquisition of archives to those of the present Council and its predecessors and to the records of local organisations and individuals who operate within the Council's present administrative area.
The Archives has one building which serves as both repository and public access point.
Holdings consist of the records of Stirling Council and its predecessors from the 14th century to the present day, records relating to the Church of Scotland, the Justices of the Peace and the Customs and Excise authorities in the Stirling and Clackmannanshire areas held under a Charge and Superintendence agreement with the National Archives of Scotland, and records that have been deposited by private individuals and organisations in the Stirling Council area, including clubs and societies, business records, records of solicitors and family papers.