NRS aims to preserve, protect and promote the nation's records; to provide the best possible inclusive and accessible archive that educates, informs and engages the people of Scotland and the world. NRS is a department of the
Scottish Government, headed by the Registrar General and Keeper of the Records of Scotland. We hold historical records dating from the 12th to the 21st centuries that have been created by businesses, landed estates, families, churches, government, the courts and other corporate bodies. They include medieval charters, seals, wills, letters, diaries, business records, official reports, and records of crime, photographs, maps and plans. NRS advises other bodies on the care of archives, and maintain the National Register of Archives for Scotland, which keeps track of archives in private hands.