Archival Service : The objective of the archival division is to provide an archival service with a national, international and institutional outlook. Hence it seeks to acquire and preserve for posterity intrinsically important records and data for research, teaching, learning and lifelong educational and community service.
While the archives have a very large Indian collection, its extended scope (see background and introduction) will include a repository on the Kwa-Zulu-Natal regional history, the history of resistance in the Province to include the records of individuals, families, organisations and institutions. The Centre actively records and documents, student, faculty and alumni material which is of particular interest to the academic community. A faithful record of contemporary events and the many facets such as health, welfare, education, housing etc. which are embodied in the Reconstruction and Development Program is documented as well. To this end a reference and research service is provided to researchers.
Of particular interest are the records of the Indentured Indian Immigrant records. The Indenture Scheme under which the Indians came during 1860-1911 is marked by a strict record of each immigrant documenting, when he/she came, the area they came from (India), age, sex, caste, height, name of ship, employer etc. These records are available to trace one's ancestry. This facility to trace one's Heritage and family is unique in the country.
As part of its ongoing service the Centre encourages private organisations, individuals and families to donate their private papers for safe keeping and make them available through a highly advanced automated system of information storage and retrieval system. Through this it hopes to draw regional, national and international spotlight on new and exciting research material .
The scope, objectives and functions of the Museum Service are similar to those mentioned above, except that they apply not only to archives and records but also to museum items such as artifacts, paintings, sculptures, posters and photographs. On display are either items owned by the Centre or loaned by institutions, families and individuals - the latter are encouraged to display their artifacts from time to time in the hope that these endeavours would contribute to an enriched cultural and intellectual life of the regional, national and international community of which it is part. As part of this program, exhibitions are held periodically to display items of historical and intrinsic value and to reflect events of contemporary interest.
Through its Academic Division the Centre hopes to encourage the hosting of resident fellows, initiate programs on the history of resistance in Kwa-Zulu Natal and act as convenor and host of conferences, seminars and workshops.
As part of its Research initiative, the Centre seeks to develop research programs around its materials, integrate the Center's research programs into the mainstream academic and research programs and allow collection polices to influence and be influenced by departmental curriculum development and needs.