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Nation-State Formation in Belarus in 1918-1920s

Zonal State Archives in Pinsk

Description of holdings

Amount of holdings: 1 097 fonds, 251 450 items

Chronological scope: from 1939-1941, ñ 1944 ã to the present

Geographical coverage:

  • abolished Antopol, David-Gorodok, Zhabchitsy and Logishin districts
  • Drogichin, Ivanovo, Luninets, Pinsk and Stolin districts of the Brest region


The Archives holds records created by  the activity of local authorities, government institutions, social and political organizations that operated in the region in the period of the unification of Western Belarus with the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic (BSSR).

The fonds of temporary boards (1939-1941) reflect the formation of the Soviet power in the Pinsk region and the liquidation of the old state system; contain data on the nationalization of the monetary funds of the former Polish banks and the landowners' movable property, and data on buildings and structures in Pinsk that were in private ownership.

The fonds of the town, district and region executive committees contain information on the nationalization of industrial enterprises, the allotment of land plots for  individual and public construction, the activities of religious institutions.

The fonds of the manufacturing enterprises reflect the process of industrial development in the postwar period. There are data on the construction and reconstruction of various enterprises, the development of new products, the introduction of new equipment, socialist competition, growth of productivity, inventiveness and rationalization. 

The fonds of the state and people's control agencies contain materials concerning the inspection of manufacturing and economic activities at various enterprises, institutions, collective and state farms.

The fonds of the prosecutor's offices and courts contain special reports from 1944-1945 on banditry in the Pinsk region, as well as civil and criminal files.

The data on pensions and allowances to WWII veterans, servicemen's families and disabled veterans are held in the fonds of the district executive commitee welfare divisions.

The records on collectivization (1948-1950), collective and state farms, machine-and-tractor and service-and-supply stations (MTS and RTS), land reclamation, crop yield, potato and flax planting, cattle breeding, the availability of plough-lands and agricultural equipment are held in the fonds of the agricultural boards and land offices of the Pinsk regional and district executive committees.

The issues of public education, the liquidation of illiteracy, the extension of school network, the training of specialists in national economy, the education of homeless children etc. are reflected in the fonds of the public education divisions of the district executive committees and in the fonds of various educational institutions. 

Records of the cultural institutions illustrate the work of libraries, clubs, and cinemas.

Records of healthcare institutions contain statistics on infectional diseases, children's death and birthrate, medical assistance to the population, and the work of medical institutions.

Sports and mass activities, the work of sports societies are reflected in the fonds of the committees for physical education and sports.

Data on churches and prayer houses, lists of clergy are held in the fonds of the Plenipotentiary Council for Affairs of the Russian Orthodox Church under the BSSR Cabinet for Pinsk Region.

The fonds of the Pinsk Regional Commission on Investigation of Nazi Crimes and Nazi Damage in the Pinsk Region contains data on civilian victims in the Second World War, records on damage caused to enterprises, institutions and individuals, questionnaires for persons who returned from Germany, lists of Nazi criminals and collaborators.

The archival collections include personal papers of people who took part in the national liberation movement in Western Belarus, the Second World War, and the war in Afghanistan, as well as papers of the famous people of the Polesie region (actors, painters).

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