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11 December 2019
On 6 December 2019 the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry (the Department) held the Republic-level Workshop and Conference on Creation and Use of Digital Copies of Archival Documents.

The event brought together representatives of central, regional and local state archives from all six regions in Belarus and the city of Minsk – heads and specialists in creation and use of digital copies of archival documents, in all 49 people. Representatives of the Department included First Deputy Director O. A. Ledovskaya and Deputy Director A. E. Tsvetkov.
The workshop program was very informative. The participants heard reports and speeches by members of the Department and all central and regional state archives.

The results of the ten-year scheduled work in creation of digital copies of archival records were summarized by the Head of Records Preservation and Inventory at the Department A. V. Kochetkova. She noted that this kind of work is presently reflected in the main annual indexes of the state archival institutions and in the target indexes of the Culture of Belarus State Program for 2016-2020, adopted by the resolution of the Council of Ministers of 4 March 2016 No. 180. Digitization of archival records is being executed by the Republic-level Technical Laboratory of Security Microfilming and Records Restoration, the Central Laboratory of Microfilming and Restoration of Records of the National Archival Fonds and by 15 state archives. Digital copies have been created for 35 919 paper storage items, constituting 16 % of the total amount of reference copies. The overall information has reached 6,6 terabyte. The Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Records created digital reference copies for 97 % of photo and sound records and 100 % video records.

Read the full text of the workshop synopsis in the Russian version of the website.

Republic-level Workshop on Creation and Use of Digital Copies of Archival Documents

Republic-level Workshop on Creation and Use of Digital Copies of Archival Documents

Republic-level Workshop on Creation and Use of Digital Copies of Archival Documents
11 December 2019
On the sidelines of New Year Charity Campaign Our Children on 10 December 2019 the First Deputy Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry O. A. Ledovskaya, Director of the Belarusian State Archives-Museum of Literature and Art A. V. Zapartyko and Deputy Director of the National Historical Archives of Belarus I. I. Kovganova visited the state educational institution “The Social and Pedagogical Centre of Smolevichi District ” and presented New Year gifts to the Centre’s pupils.
11 December 2019
The State Archives of Brest Region took part in the ceremonial event dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the foundation of Brest Region, held on 6 December 2019 at the Brest Academic Drama Theatre named after Lenin Komsomol of Belarus.

During the event the State Archives of Brest Region together with the Regional Local Museum and the Regional Library presented an exhibition “The History of Brest Region in Archival Documents” to feature about twenty documents reflecting the main landmarks and most important events in the region’s history and development.

Among the participants and guests at the exhibition were Chairman of the Brest Regional Executive Committee A. S. Lis, Chairman of the Brest City Executive Committee A. S. Rogachuk, members of district delegations, representatives of the authorities, institutions and public organizations.
10 December 2019
On 5-6 December 2019 Kharkov, Ukraine hosted ceremonial events to mark the 50th anniversary of the Central State Scientific and Technical Archives of Ukraine. The archival branch of Belarus was represented by Director of the Belarusian State Archives of Scientific and Technical Documentation (BGANTD) Aliaksandr Zapartyka.

On 5 December at the extended session Marat Balyshev and Aliaksandr Zapartyka, directors of the Ukrainian Central State Scientific and Technical Archives and the Belarusian State Archives of Scientific and Technical Documentation, signed an agreement on cooperation.

On 6 December the conference hall of the Central Academic Library of the Kharkov Karamzin National University held an open discussion on the topic “Archives and Library Resources in the Digital Epoch”. In Smart Talk format the participants discussed topical problems in archives and libraries, urgent processes of digitization in records preservation.

The Central State Scientific and Technical Archives of Ukraine marks 50 years

The Central State Scientific and Technical Archives of Ukraine marks 50 years

The Central State Scientific and Technical Archives of Ukraine marks 50 years
03 December 2019
The State Archives of Brest Region has organized an exhibition of documents dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the state educational institution “The Brest Regional Institute of Education Development” (formerly the Brest Regional Institute for Advanced Training of Teachers).

The exhibition shows over 30 documents from the holdings of the Brest Regional Executive Committee, its educational department and the Brest Regional Institute for Advanced Training of Teachers.

The exhibits illustrate the formation and development of the Institute, its structure and staff size in different years, areas of activity, accounting and statistics materials about work of the Institute in 1944-1990s.

Exhibition of documents on 75th anniversary of the Brest Regional Institute of Education Development
02 December 2019
The Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus (the Department) held a board meeting to discuss issues related to work of the Department and the state archives in handling administrative procedures in 2019 and on the state of the centralized inventory of documents held at the state archival institutions in the period of 2014-2018.

In January – October 2019 the state archives examined 4 346 social-legal inquiries from citizens for issuance of archival certificates (archival copies, archival extracts, reference letters). 4 211 inquiries came from citizens of the Republic of Belarus; 135 – from foreign citizens and persons without citizenship, temporarily staying, temporarily and permanently residing in the Republic of Belarus. 3 811 inquiries concerned archive documents not containing privacy information; 535 inquiries concerned privacy documents. 1 990 inquiries concerned property and inheritance rights.

On the second issue the Board has noted that the present system of the centralized state inventory of documents serves an important means of control over records availability, conditions and circulation and a source of information about the amount and contents of archival holdings.

The three-level structure of the centralized state inventory system, including the Department, the records and archives subdivisions at the regional executive committees and the state archival institutions, is successfully functioning.

The data of the State Fonds Catalogue of the National Archival Fonds of the Republic of Belarus are being annually updated as the national information resource.

The data of the State Fonds Catalogue concerning composition, contents and location of archives are posted on the Internet as a website “The Catalogue of Fonds of the State Archives of the Republic of Belarus” (http://fk.archives.gov.by/)
25 November 2019
The second collection of published documents and materials in the series “The history of development of industrial enterprises in Rechitsa District: evidences from archives” has been recently released by the Local State Archives in Rechitsa. The book illuminates the most important sides in the sphere of industrial production in Rechitsa District after the Great Patriotic War.

The first 2013 issue covered a 12-year period of the reconstruction of local industrial enterprises after the liberation of the district from the Nazi invaders — 1943-1955. The second book reflects their work in 1956-1968, the period of the Khrushchev Thaw and the first years of Brezhnev’s time.

The book is based on documents and materials created by bodies of state power and administration and local enterprises in the town of Rechitsa and Rechitsa district (a hardware plant, a plywood and furniture factory, a hydrolysis yeast plant, a clothing factory etc.) available from the holdings of the Local State Archives in Rechitsa as well as local newspaper publications about the work of businesses.

Book cover
22 November 2019
Minsk library No. 20 presents a virtual local history excursion “Voronyansky Street: At the Crossroads of Space and Time” dedicated to the Year of Native Land in Belarus.

A twenty-minute video tells about the history and main objects of the Minsk street named after Vasil Voronyansky, one of the leaders of the Partisan movement in Minsk Region during the Great Patriotic War.

The virtual exhibition offers documents available from the Belarusian State Archives of Scientific and Technical Documentation, the Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings, the National Historical Archives, the Museum of the Great Patriotic War and other institutions.

Presentation of a virtual local history excursion “Voronyansky Street: At the Crossroads of Space and Time”

Presentation of a virtual local history excursion “Voronyansky Street: At the Crossroads of Space and Time”

Presentation of a virtual local history excursion “Voronyansky Street: At the Crossroads of Space and Time”

Presentation of a virtual local history excursion “Voronyansky Street: At the Crossroads of Space and Time”

Presentation of a virtual local history excursion “Voronyansky Street: At the Crossroads of Space and Time”
15 November 2019
On 12 November 2019 at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus the Deputy Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management Alexey Tsvetkov took part in the Round Table on Presentation of Encyclopaedic Editions «Partisan Belarus. An illustrated encyclopaedia of the Partisan movement in Belarus in the Great Patriotic War» and «…An illustrated encyclopaedia of villages burned down in Belarus in the Great Patriotic War», issued by the Belarusian Petrus Brovka Encyclopaedia Publishers in collaboration with the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings, the Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War, regional and district local history museums.

In his welcome speech to the participants A. Tsvetkov expressed confidence that the presented publications would be very important in fostering a sense of respect in the Belarusian youth about the events of the Great Patriotic War — an essential, tragic and heroic page in the history of the nation.

Round Table on Presentation of Encyclopaedic Editions

Round Table on Presentation of Encyclopaedic Editions
13 November 2019
On 11 November 2019 Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management Viktor Kurash had a meeting with the delegation of Lithuanian archivists including Director of the Lithuanian State Historical Archives (Vilnius) Ramutis Kurpe and Deputy Director Alfonsas Tamulynas. The meeting discussed perspectives of cooperation in preservation and use of joint documentary heritage of Belarus and Lithuania.

During the meeting the chiefs of the National Historical Archives of Belarus D. Yatskevich and the Lithuanian State Historical Archives R. Kurpe signed an Agreement on cooperation between the two archives in exchange of digital copies on the history of Belarus and Lithuania held at the archives.

Meeting with the delegation of Lithuanian archivists

Meeting with the delegation of Lithuanian archivists

Meeting with the delegation of Lithuanian archivists
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