A Manual for Archives and Records Classification in the Kenya National Archives, June 1984:
Prior to 1984, the arrangement, listing and description of documents accessioned in the Department was based on the Deposit System which had been introduced in the country in the 1950’s, probably by C. Bwye, the officer in charge of embryonic Government Archives service. The first accession registers which were opened in 1956 had in fact a provision for deposit and also an accession number. However by the early 1980s, it was realized that the Deposit System was violently violating the principle of the sanctity of the original order, the basic principle in the arrangement and description of archives. Therefore it became necessary for the department to replace the Deposit System with a more compliant classification methodology. This Manual therefore outlines in adequate details the introduction and application of the “new” classification system introduced in the Kenya National Archives in 1984 for arrangement and description of records.