People may not need old archives in their everyday activities, but finding much needed documents in an emergency could be troublesome if one is not well organized. The capital is experiencing rapid development, and the institution charged with archiving and recording the changes is the Jakarta Library and Archives Agency, also known as Arsip Jayakarta.

The archive’s pale green building on Jl. Cikini Raya 73 in Central Jakarta is rarely visited. The fireproof archive room is badly arranged, with several boxes scattered across the floor and others placed on shelves.

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