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Welcome to Public Records Office (PRO) – we are the designated archives to preserve and make accessible the archival records of the HKSAR Government. We have preserved over 1.4 million records. Our holdings date back to as early as the mid-19th century. They are held in different formats ranging from files, bound volumes, photographs, posters, maps and plans to films.


Before beginning your search

Find out what PRO holdings are all about before beginning your search and take a quick look at how you start your search with the online catalogue.


Online Catalogue

You can use Online Catalogue for searching information about PRO holdings.


Carl Smith collection

The late Reverend Carl Smith compiled 139,922 double-sided data cards through some 25 years’ intensive research into a vast quantity of original records, newspapers and publications held by PRO. This collection may help user identify basic data and sources of information on individuals, organisations, buildings, roads, land matters and important events relating to Hong Kong, Macau and China's coastal cities from the mid-19th century onward.

Note to user

[The online catalogue only provides the index to the Carl Smith Collection which includes the names of persons, organisations, places, covering years, and card numbers recorded in each data card. The contents of the collection are available for viewing at PRO only.]