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State Archives of Vitebsk Region

Description of holdings

Amount of holdings: 2 457 fonds, 1 312 317 items

Chronological scope: from 1917 to the present (certain records dating from the 19th century)

Geographical coverage:

  • abolished Vitebsk gubernia (province)
  • abolished Ezerishche, Mekhovo, Sirotino, Surazh and Ula districts
  • the town of Vitebsk, the Beshenkovichi, Vitebsk, Gorodok, Liozno, Chashniki and Shumilino districts of the Vitebsk region


The fonds of the revolutionary committees and executive committees of local councils illustrate the process of formation and the first steps of Soviet power in the Vitebsk region; the organization and work of the poor peasants committees. There are data concerning the formation of the Red Army units, the restoration of economics after the civil war, the joining of the Vitebsk province to the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic (BSSR), as well as records on economics, health care, public education, culture and sports.

The fonds of various industrial enterprises, such as the Dvina flax-mill, the KIM knitting factory, the Komintern plant and others throw light on the industrial development in the region and its restoration after the Second World War.

The fonds of agricultural and forestry agencies contain data on land nationalization, land tenure, collectivization in agriculture, the organization of soviet farms, agricultural artels and machine-&-tractor stations, forest management, timber purchasing, land reclamation, and more.

The fonds of courts, prosecutor's, notary offices and the Vitebsk Province Justice Division contain minutes of meetings of the regulatory commission for places of detention and agricultural colonies, as well as materials relating to repressed individuals and dispossessed kulaks (better-off peasants), civil and criminal case files, agreements of sale, gift and building, etc.

The issues of education, culture, health care and sports are reflected in the fonds of educational agencies and institutions, the Vitebsk Local Museum, and  various health institutions. The fonds of Vitebsk educational institutions contain information relating to M. Bakhtin, V. Presniakov, N. Malko, M. Chagall, M. Dobuzhinski, S. Yudovin, K. Malevich. The fonds of the Vitebsk Local Museum contain materials about the foundation of the Y. Pen Art Gallery.

Records of the local administration of the German occupation (1941-1944) contain data on the work of the occupation authorities, migration of population, lists of residents and those arrested, and more. There are also data on the damage attributable to the Nazi occupation of the region.

The Archives preserves personal fonds of the playwrights A. I. Movzon and I. L. Dorski, the children's female author M. M. Boboriko (member of the USSR and BSSR writers unions), writers A. S. Gomon and L. A. Markevich; painters V. K. Dzezhits and I. Iu. Borovski (members of the USSR and BSSR painters' unions); artists Z. I. Konopelko, M.S. Belinskaia (people's artists of the BSSR) and B.A. Levin (honorary artist of the BSSR); the teacher and museum specialist V.K. Zeilert and the specialist in local lore A. M. Podlipski (member of the Belarus Journalists Union), and more. Of the most valuable are the fonds of the Vitebsk People's Conservatory, the Vitebsk People's Arts School and the Vitebsk Local Museum. These fonds contain documents relating to painters M. Chagall, Y. Pen, V. Ermolaeva and R. Falk, conductor M. Malko, composer M. Antsev, philosopher M. Bakhtin, and more.

Records of the Communist Party and Komsomol institutions contain materials illustrating the political and social history of the Vitebsk region, the developments in economics, culture, education, health care and sports. These also reflect the activities of the Pioneers youth organization in the region.

There are records of private organizations created in the late 1980s and social organizations with data on their registration procedure, principles of functioning and results of activity.

The Archives holds personnel records of liquidated institutions and enterprises in the Liozno district.

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