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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
13 November 2019
The Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies (BelNIIDAD) issued new procedural guidance on records management:

  • Methodical recommendations on documentation support of local executive and administrative agencies. The guidance purposes to improve the performance and quality of records management of administration in regional, city and district executive committees and local district administrations in cities.

  • Methodical recommendations on acquisition of records of public organizations in state archives. The guidance examines legal issues of interaction between state archives and public organizations, criteria and specifics of selection of acquisition sources, accession of records for permanent preservation etc.
  • 13 November 2019
    The 20th issue of the Belarusian Archeographical Year-Book has been released. This contains materials on archival science, historical publications, source, codex and text studies and the history of government institutions. Also contains documents on the mediaeval, new and contemporary history of Belarus, surveys of archival holdings and other materials.
    12 November 2019
    On 7-9 November 2019 in Moscow, Russian Federation, Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management Viktor Kurash took part in the 26th International scholarly conference «Documentation in Information Society: records management and archive business in conditions of digital transformation» and the 10th Conference of Archives of Slavic Countries «The archives of Slavic countries in the epoch of digital transformation». The conferences were attended by representatives from 17 countries. The events were organized by the Eurasian Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives, the Federal Archival Agency of Russia and the Russian Research Institute of Documentation and Archival Science.

    In his speech to the participants of the 26th international scholarly conference «Documentation in Information Society: records management and archive business in conditions of digital transformation» Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management Viktor Kurash dwelt on the issues of normative and legal regulation in the state archives of the Republic of Belarus in work with electronic records and highlighted topical problems in acquisition, preservation, inventory and use of electronic records in the state archives of the Republic of Belarus.

    Viktor Kurash also took part in the 10th Conference of Archives of Slavic Countries, where he delivered information on the activities of state archives in Belarus in conditions of digital transformation.

    The events included working meetings of V. Kurash with the Chief of the Federal Archival Agency of Russia A. Artizov and Secretary General of the International Council on Archives Dr. A. Seles.
    12 November 2019
    An international scholarly conference “The Gomel Palace and Castle Ensemble: from the manor estate to the museum complex” took place at Gomel to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Palace and Castle Complex at Gomel.

    On 5-6 November 2019 the Palace and Castle Complex at Gomel brought together scholars, historians, art critics, archivists and museum workers from Belarus and Russia. The conference reports were focused on the history of the Gomel estate in different periods, the life of its owners, the palace collection of art works and documents relating to the objects of the Gomel Palace and Castle Complex. The archives branch was represented by reports by Ganna Zapartyka, Director of the Belarusian State Archives-Museum of Literature and Art and Veranika Musvidas, Head of Information and Use of Documents at the Belarusian State Archives of Scientific and Technical Documentation.

    The conference participants acquainted with the objects of the Gomel Palace and Castle Complex, the museum expositions at the Palace of the Rumyantsevs and the Paskeviches, and a jubilee exhibition “The museum histories”.

    An illustrated book of scholarly papers has been specially prepared to mark the event.

    An international scholarly conference “The Gomel Palace and Castle Ensemble: from the manor estate to the museum complex”

    An international scholarly conference “The Gomel Palace and Castle Ensemble: from the manor estate to the museum complex”

    An international scholarly conference “The Gomel Palace and Castle Ensemble: from the manor estate to the museum complex”

    An international scholarly conference “The Gomel Palace and Castle Ensemble: from the manor estate to the museum complex”

    An international scholarly conference “The Gomel Palace and Castle Ensemble: from the manor estate to the museum complex”

    An international scholarly conference “The Gomel Palace and Castle Ensemble: from the manor estate to the museum complex”
    05 November 2019
    On 30-31 October 2019 Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic hosted the 20th General Conference of the Eurasian Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives EURASICA, the meeting of the Consultative Council of Heads of State Archival Services of CIS Member States, and the international scholarly conference “Current Issues in Use of Archival Records”.

    The EURASICA events brought together delegations of archivists from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, China, Latvia, Russia, Poland, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

    The Belarusian delegation included Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry V. I. Kurash (delegation head), Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus A. K. Demyanyuk, Director of the Âelarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies A. E. Rybakov, Director of the State Archives of Minsk Region Yu. S. Romashko.

    The 20th General Conference of the EURASICA discussed the implementation of the branch action plans for 2017-2020, participation in the next, 19th international Congress of Archives in Abu-Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), and more. The next EURASICA meeting will take place in 2020 in Beijing, China.

    The Consultative Council of Heads of State Archival Services of CIS Member States heard reports on the development of archive business in the Commonwealth states, a report of the Russian Research Institute of Documentation and Archival Science (VNIIDAD) on the institution’s work as a basis organization for education and advanced training of professional personnel in the CIS countries in archival studies and records management. They also discussed topical issues in the development of cooperation in archival affairs in the CIS countries. The next session of the Consultative Council is scheduled to take place in 2010 in Kazan, Russian Federation.

    At the international scholarly conference “Current Issues in Use of Archival Records” the speakers from the Belarusian side were Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus A. K. Demyanyuk (“Expanding access to archival records: problems and ways of solution (in practices of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus)”, Director of the State Archives of Minsk Region Yu. S. Romashko (“On current practices in exhibition activities at the State Archives of Minsk Region”).

    20th General Conference of the ICA EURASICA

    20th General Conference of the ICA EURASICA

    20th General Conference of the ICA EURASICA

    20th General Conference of the ICA EURASICA
    30 October 2019
    The 29th Conference of International Archival Day organized by International Institute for Archival Science of Trieste and Maribore (IIAS) took place in Koper, Slovenia on 21-22 October 2019. Belarusian archivists were represented by IIAS permanent member, Director of the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies (BelNIIDAD) Andrey Rybakov.

    The Conference was attended by over 70 representatives from Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malta, Oman, Poland, Russia, Rumania, Slovenia, Ukraine, Finland, Croatia and Czech Republic. The working languages at the event were English and Slovenian.

    Greeting words to the participants were given by IIAS Director P.P. Klasinc (Slovenia); General Director of Archives of Italian Ministry of Culture and Tourism, President of IIAS Members Conference G. Barrera (Italy); Director of IIAS Autumn Archival School G. Tato (Italy); Director of State Archives of Trieste A. Colombatti; President of the European Centre Maribore «Alma Mater Europea» L. Toplak.

    The working program of the conference was opened by IIAS Director P.P. Klasinc with a general report “Archival Sciences and Resonances of Social Changes in Archival Theory and Practice”. The other key-note speakers were Director of the Historical Archives of the EU D. Schlenker (Florence) and Director of National Archives of Malta, President of ICA European Regional Branch (EURBIKA) Ch. Farrugia.

    The other reports were grouped in two topics: “Questions of Archival Science” (12 reports) and “Resonances of Social Changes in Archival Theory and Practice” (16 reports).

    Full report is available in the Russian version of the website.
    16 October 2019
    On 11 October 2019 the State Archives of Grodno Region celebrated 75 years jubilee of its foundation.

    The ceremonial event started with a small presentation about the Archive’s activities, leaders and archive holdings. The event included an exhibition of archive documents on the history of foundation and development of the Archive and a presentation of the Archive’s website www.gagr.by. The participants were given an excursion to the Archive and its exhibitions.

    The Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus, Viktor Kurash, congratulated the archivists with the jubilee date and awarded an honorary breastplate “Honorary Archivist of Belarus” to the Head of the Scientific and Technical Processing of Documents Division V. A. Iodchik.

    The Archive also received words of congratulations from the Head of the Justice Administration of the Grodno Region Executive Committee E. I. Yurgel, directors of archives in the Grodno Region T. Yu. Afanasyeva, S. G. Svirko, A. S. Zabelinskaya and L. N. Gorbach, Head of Archive of the Grodno Azot Petrochemical Enterprise I. A. Kardash and Archivist of the Grodno Alcoholic Beverage Plant L. V. Kisel.

    The celebration was continued with a concert program prepared by students of the Grodno State Musical College and a presentation of the jubilee cake. The event was broadcasted on TV Channel “Grodno+”.

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    The State Archives of Grodno Region celebrates 75 Years of its foundation»

    The State Archives of Grodno Region celebrates 75 Years of its foundation

    The State Archives of Grodno Region celebrates 75 Years of its foundation

    The State Archives of Grodno Region celebrates 75 Years of its foundation

    The State Archives of Grodno Region celebrates 75 Years of its foundation

    The State Archives of Grodno Region celebrates 75 Years of its foundation

    The State Archives of Grodno Region celebrates 75 Years of its foundation

    The State Archives of Grodno Region celebrates 75 Years of its foundation
    11 October 2019
    On 10 October 2019 the Bookshop “Svetoch House of Books” hosted a presentation of the series of books “Belarus Remembers” dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War – “Partisan Belarus. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Partisan Movement in Belarus in the Great Patriotic War” and “The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Villages Burned Down in Belarus in the Great Patriotic War”.

    The published collections contain over 500 documentary photographs available from the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings (BGAKFFD).

    The speakers at the event were Director of the Petrus Brovka Belarusian Encyclopedia Publishing House O. V. Vanina; Head of the Publishing and Printing Department at the Ministry of Information V. V. Andriyevich; Head of Military History at the History Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Prof. A. M. Litvin; Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus A. K. Demyanyuk; Editor in Chief of the Petrus Brovka Belarusian Encyclopedia Publishing House L. V. Yazykovich; Head of Information and Records Use at the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings T. L. Rakhmanko.

    Presentation of the series of books “Belarus Remembers”

    Presentation of the series of books “Belarus Remembers”

    Presentation of the series of books “Belarus Remembers”

    Presentation of the series of books “Belarus Remembers”
    09 October 2019
    On 8 October 2019 the Minsk Region Executive Committee opened a historical documentary exhibition “Harvest Festival” timed to the regional holiday of village workers “Dozhinki-2019” in the city of Borisov. The exhibition has been prepared by the State Archives of Minsk Region.

    The culture of the Belarusian people is closely connected with the land. Many holidays, rites and traditions take root in the events of the land calendar. The Dozhinki feast is probably the most popular of such holidays dedicated to the gathered harvest, crop productivity and family welfare. By this time all field works are nearing the end of the harvest crops and flax picking.

    The Dozhinki Festival has always been an important event in Belarus celebrated with beautiful rites. From 1996 the feast was celebrated annually in different district towns as the national festival-fair of village workers. Since 2014 the feast has been organized in one of the district centres by each administrative province independently.

    The exhibition shows documents describing the Harvest Festival beginning from 1924, the First All-Belarus Agricultural Exhibition in 1930, the Fourth Minsk Region Agricultural Exhibition and more. Of special interest are the Winner Diploma issued at the Harvest Festival in 1925 and photos of the agricultural equipment from the 1950s available from the State Archives of Minsk Region.

    The website of the Minsk Region Executive Committee posts an exhibition of electronic documents “DOZHINKI: INSIGHT INTO TIME. HARVEST FESTIVAL. ELECTRONIC EXHIBITION” (In Russian)

    A historical documentary exhibition “Harvest Festival”

    A historical documentary exhibition “Harvest Festival”

    A historical documentary exhibition “Harvest Festival”

    A historical documentary exhibition “Harvest Festival”
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