The Archives (Records Office) holds and preserves the official records of Argyll and Bute Council and also the records of the organisations whose functions the Council inherited. These organisations include: the Commissioners of Supply, parish councils, burgh councils, schools, school boards, Argyll County Council and Bute County Council. They tell the story of how Argyll and Bute has developed over the centuries and many contain the stories of individual people who lived here. Our oldest record is the Rothesay Charter, which dates from 1400. Our newest records are the reports and agendas used in Council meetings today. We also provide accommodation for records created by private individuals, estates, solicitors, businesses and clubs located within the area of Argyll and Bute Council. These private records are often held on indefinite loan and remain the property of the person or institute depositing them.