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State Archives of Vitebsk Region

Historical background

The Archives was established in August 1919 as an archival repository of the Vitebsk Gubernia (Province) Archival Administration (from 1922 the Archival Bureau).

In 1924, the archival repository was reorganized as the Vitebsk District Division of the Central Archives of the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic (BSSR), which was reorganized into the Vitebsk Historical Archives in 1927.

In 1930, the Vitebsk Historical Archives was reorganized as a division of the Central Archival Administration of the BSSR. In February 1933, the Vitebsk division was renamed the North-Baltic division, and in April 1936 it was made the Vitebsk division of the central state archives of the BSSR. In 1938, the latter was reorganized as the State Archives of Vitebsk Region.

In the Second World War, during the German occupation of Belarus (from mid-1941 to mid-1944) the Archives did not function.

In 1947, the prerevolutionary documents were transferred to the Central State Historical Archives of the BSSR in Mogilev.

In May 1992, the Archives acquired records of the Party Archives of the Vitebsk Region Committee of the Communist Party of Belarus.

On November 1, 2001 the Archives received its present name of the State Archives of Vitebsk Region.

13 January 2020
BelNIIDAD holds a workshop, Records Preservation in an Institution: Selection of Records for Preservation and Destruction More >>
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21 January 2020
The website presents new online exhibition of documents “The Life and Work of People’s Writer of Belarus Vasil Bykau” More >>
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The Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry held an extended board meeting More >>
22 January 2020
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16 January 2020
A new Unified System of Administrative Documentation has been approved and released for use More >>
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30 December 2019
BelNIIDAD released guidelines on selection of automated records management systems More >>