International Directory of National Archives (IDNA)

world-map-620x290National Archives store materials relating to the history of a nation, usually operated by the government of that nation. As of 2016, there are 195 countries recognized by the United Nations, 193 that are member states and 2 that are non-member observer states: The Holy See and the State of Palestine. A decision was made to include 3 countries not recognized by the UN as separate entries: Northern Ireland, Scotland, and the Republic of China (Taiwan), for a total of 198 entries.

Books have been written about the archives in the past, usually focusing on the national archives of a particular nation. However, none have concentrated on the national archives of all countries recognized through the United Nations. There is one country not recognized by the United Nations that will be included: Taiwan (Republic of China). This book will serve as a single source of information about 198 National Archives spanning the globe.

A unique aspect of this project is that, under the lead of the co-editors, SJSU iSchool students and alumni have the opportunity to participate as part of an extended research team. Twenty-two students and alumni are currently conducting research, and additional students will gather data during the spring and summer of 2017.

The International Directory of National Archives will help students and alumni conducting research to better understand how nations worldwide address the challenge of managing and preserving their documentary heritage and to contribute to a work that will share their findings with a wide audience.

The main audience will be archivists, historians, researchers, and institutions serving them, seeking information regarding the archival holdings of National Archives in this increasingly global world. This work will also be of value to students of archives and records administration, history and political science, and library and information science who seek a reliable source about national archives. It can also serve as a source of information for travelers visiting national archives around the world.

Dr. Patricia C. Franks and Dr. Anthony Bernier, professors in the School of Information at San José State University, are co-editing The International Directory of National Archives.

This research will be ongoing through December 15, 2017.  The Directory is slated for publication by Rowman & Littlefield in mid 2018.

Questions on this project can be directed to Dr. Franks at or Dr. Bernier at