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03 November 2017
On 1 November 2017 the Belarusian State Archives of Scientific and Technical Documentation (BGANTD) opened an exhibition “Master Plan of Restoration and Development of Minsk 1946” dedicated to the creation and ratification of this document of great importance in the postwar history of the Belarusian capital city.

The exhibition shows a color graphic image of the General Plan and other documents related to its design, discussion and adoption: photographs of destroyed Minsk, famous architects who participated in making the document, design drafts of Central Square in Minsk and other documents.

The General Plan of 1946 remains the main document related to the restoration of the destroyed Belarusian capital. Work on the document started immediately after the liberation of the city and involved the leading architects in the Soviet Union: A.V. Shchusev, A.G. Mordvinov, N.D. Kolli, I.G. Langbard, N.E. Trakhtenberg and others.

An important part in the formation of the future image of the city was assigned to Central Square, the contest designs for which were conducted in the second half of the 1940s.

The General Plan of 1946 was designed for the period until 1960 and determined the main areas of development in the Belarusian capital at this time: industrial and civil construction, landscape gardening, transportation issues.

02 November 2017
On 31 October 2017 the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus held a board meeting.

The board members discussed two issues: “On work organization of the Expert-Methodical Commission (Expert-Inspection Commission) in state archives and archives and records divisions of regional justice departments in 2012-2016” and “On the creation of security archival copies for unique and most valuable records of the National Archival Holdings at the present stage”.

The expert-methodical and expert-inspection commissions in state archives and regional archives and records divisions purpose to improve records selection for permanent preservation in state archives, recordkeeping in state archives and other records-creating organizations, and facilitate organizational and procedural management and control over permanent central expert commissions and institutional expert commissions.

On the second issue it was noted that the creation of the security archival fond for copies of unique and most valuable records of the National Archival Holdings remains the most important and complicated area of activity at the state archival institutions at the present stage.

The security archival fond is being created with the purpose of preserving document information in case of its loss or damage and it makes an integral part of the National Archival Holdings. Security copying of paper documents is conducted in only one archival institution – the Central Laboratory for Microfilming and Restoration of Records of the National Archival Holdings. As on 1 January 2017 security copies were made for 71,41% of most valuable paper records of the National Archival Holdings. It was noted that Belarus currently has no production of specialized microfilming equipment and materials, and the creation of the security archival fond demands great financial expenses.

31 October 2017
The 8th Conference of Archives of Slavic Countries, 27th Conference of International Archival Day, and 33rd Assembly of Members of the International Institute for Archival Science in Trieste and Maribor (IIAS) took place on 15-18 October 2017 in Trieste, Italy.

Mr A. E. Rybakov, Director of the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Science (BelNIIDAD) took part in the events.

The 8th Conference of Archives of Slavic Countries took place on 15 October 2017 under the topic “The State Archives and Present-Day Requirements”. A. E. Rybakov delivered a report “The acquisition of Belarusian archives: modern challenges, ways of solution, perspectives” (in Belarusian).

The 27th Conference of International Archival Day, organized by IIAS and held on 16-17 October, brought together over a hundred people from Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Great Britain, Hungary, Vietnam, Germany, Italy, Spain, Macedonia, Mexico, Oman, Poland, Russia, Rumania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Croatia, Montenegro, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Republic of South Africa.

The conference reports focused on two main topics “Archival processing of electronic records” and “Training of archivists in the 21st century”.

The first topic included 16 reports. A. E. Rybakov made a report-presentation “Electronic records: acquisition, long-term preservation and confirmation of long-term legal validity” (in English).

The second topic included 24 reports ranging from analysis of professional training of archivists in different countries and institutions to the issues of recognizing the status of archival studies as an independent science.

The conference reports have been published as research papers in “Atlanti” magazine 2017, two parts of which entered the BelNIIDAD library.

The session of the General Assembly of the IIAS Members summarized the results of the scholarly conference and defined the key positions of the resolution drafts. The session heard and discussed the reports made by IIAS Director P. P. Klasintc and Autumn Archival School Director G. Tato on activities of their agency divisions in 2016-1017.

The session also announced the preliminary topics for the 28th Conference of International Archival Day 2018 as “Archives of non-government organizations and their cooperation with government archives” and “The protection of personal data: archival theory and practice”.

24 October 2017
The National Archives of the Republic of Belarus held the presentation of documentary books “Burned Villages in Belarus. 1941-1944” and “Burned Villages in Russia. 1941-1944”.

The book of documents and materials “Burned Villages in Belarus. 1941-1944” has been prepared as part of the international project “Social support for survivors of burned Belarusian villages 1941-1944”. The project is implemented by the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus with the support of the German Foundation “Memory, Responsibility and Future”. The book contains 212 documents. These include memoranda, certificates, data and special reports of the Central Committee of the Communist Party (Bolsheviks) of Belarus, the People’s Commissariat of Internal Affairs of the BSSR (NKVD), the Belarusian Headquarters of Partisan Movement, local party and state institutions, and partisan formations about the Nazi crimes in Belarus; orders, diary notes, messages and reports of military units and various organizations of German Wehrmacht, SS, police and Occupation administration about the punitive operations against Partisans and civilians, and examination reports of the sites of extermination of villages and inhabitants.

The book “Burned Villages in Russia. 1941-1944” is prepared on basis of documents taken from criminal files of foreign prisoners of war convicted after the war in Belarus for military crimes. The book contains 439 documents from Fonds No. 1363 at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus. The book consists of two chapters. Chapter “Documents, victims and witnesses testify” includes reports of regional and local commissions of the Extraordinary State Commission for Investigation of Nazi Crimes and Damage to Citizens, Collective Farms, Public and State Institutions in the USSR, reports and data of local authorities, interrogation reports etc. Chapter “Confessions of Military Criminals” includes reports of interrogation of foreign prisoners of war and former soldiers of German military units.

The books are prepared by the initiative of the Russian-Belarusian Association of Historians “The Union’s Initiative for Memory and Consent” created in 2016 by the Foundation for Assistance to Actual Historical Research “Historical Memory” (Moscow) and the History Institute of the Belarusian National Academy of Sciences.

24 October 2017
A new edition of the Instruction on Records Management in Government Institutions and Other Organizations has been released.

The Instruction defines rules for recorkeeping in various institutions in the Republic of Belarus, the procedure of records preparation, execution, receipt, inventory, tracking, storage and processing by both traditional and automatic methods. This includes registration forms (inventory cards, file classification plans, file lists etc.) and other documents required in recordkeeping.

The Instruction is entered in the National Register of Legal Acts of the Republic of Belarus 29 January 2009 under No. 820434.

The present edition includes changes and amendments made by resolutions of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus dated 24.10.2011 ¹ 235, 27.01.2012 ¹ 18, 15.01.2013 ¹ 9, 10.12.2014 ¹ 240, 30.12.2015 ¹ 225, and 18.08.2017 ¹ 167.

12 October 2017
On 11 October 2017 Minsk hosted a professional meeting of the heads of archives services and state archival institutions in the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation on the topic “The activities of the state archives in Belarus and Russia in securing the legal rights of citizens”.

The events include a joint board session of Belarus’ Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry and Russia’s Federal Archival Agency to discuss scientific and methodological provision for state archives in Belarus and Russia.

02 October 2017

The State Archives of Minsk Region released a book, Minsk Region in Documents and Materials. Issue 4. 1954-1964. The Time of Change.

The book includes 78 documents from the State Archives of Minsk Region, which reflect social, political, economic and cultural life in Minsk Region in the period from 1954 to 1964. The book contains extensive finding and reference aids and detailed biographical reviews with search indexes to personal files of leading employees and executives in Minsk Region at this time. A considerable part of the documents have been published for the first time.

The book is illustrated with photocopies of original archival documents and photographs available at the State Archives of Minsk Region and the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings in Dzerzhinsk.


02 October 2017
On 29 September 2017 the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry held a board meeting to discuss two issues: “On research and regulatory activity at the state archives” and “On preparation to autumn-winter 2017/2018 season at the state archival institutions”.

On the first issue, it was noted that the state archives conduct scholarly conferences (round tables), participate in scholarly conferences of outside institutions, prepare research papers for publication, participate in reviewing research projects, develop procedural guidelines and regulations.

Among the state archives most active in research and regulatory support are the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, the National Historical Archives of the Republic of Belarus, the Belarusian State Archives-Museum of Literature and Art, and the State Archives of Minsk Region.

02 October 2017
The Local State Archives in Pinsk holds an exhibition dedicated to the 920th anniversary of the town of Pinsk, Brest Region. The exhibition runs from 27 September to 6 October 2017.

12 September 2017
The Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Records (BGAKFFD) together with the Yanka Kupala Central Library have prepared and opened a photo exhibition of documents to mark the 950th anniversary of Minsk City “Minsk. The early 1950s. Author of photographs Yafim Liushyts”.

The welcome word was given by Director of the Yanka Kupala Central Library Ms. Elena Kubyshkina and BGAKFFD Director Mr. Viktor Balandin.

The archive staff have prepared a stand presenting documents and exhibits from the 1950s. The event included the demonstration of two documentary films from 1951 and 1954. The guests and organizers could listen to “Songs about Minsk” performed by A. Podgaisky accompanied by the Variety Orchestra of the Belarusian Radio and Television directed by B. Raisky, etc.


Opening of the documentary exhibition marking the 950th anniversary of Minsk City



Opening of the documentary exhibition marking the 950th anniversary of Minsk City


Opening of the documentary exhibition marking the 950th anniversary of Minsk City


Opening of the documentary exhibition marking the 950th anniversary of Minsk City

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