We acquire and properly preserve local archives in all formats and make them accessible for research having due regard to the legitimate rights and interests of creators, donors, stakeholders, data subjects, and users, past, present and future. We provide advice and services to Cork's local government in relation to the management of local records and archives. We promote awareness and understanding of local, national, and international archival heritage. We support academic research and education.
Cork City and County Archives service (CCCA) was the first local government archives service established in Ireland and it remains one of the largest such services in Ireland. We are operated by Cork City Council, however we are also a shared service that is equally funded by Cork City Council, Cork County Council and University College Cork (UCC). In 1971, these 3 bodies established the Cork Archives Council (later, Cork Archives Institute) which was based at Cork Courthouse, and later at Christ Church, South Main Street, Cork City. In 2006, CCCA moved to a new purpose built centre, the Seamus Murphy Building, that offers the most modern facilities for the preservation and use of archives. This building was funded and built by Cork City Council.
Since 1994, it has been a statutory obligation and function of local government to make arrangements for the proper management, custody, care and conservation of local records and local archives and for the public inspection of local archives, including local authority records, and records and archives donated or deposited by local organisations and individuals.