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26 April 2016
On 22 April 2016 the National Library of Belarus opened an exhibition of documents to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl NPP disaster.

The authors of the exhibition are the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus and the National Library of Belarus with the participation of the Belarusian State Archives of Films and Photographs. The exposition also features documents from the Russian State Archives of Contemporary History.

Among the attendees at the event were Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management V.I. Adamushko, Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus V.I. Kurash, Director of the Belarusian State Archives of Films and Photographs V.V. Balandin.


An exhibition of documents dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster


An exhibition of documents dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster


An exhibition of documents dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster


An exhibition of documents dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster

25 April 2016
On the 30th anniversary of the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the employees of the State Archives of Minsk Region have prepared an exhibition of a single document entitled “CHERNOBYL IS OUR PAIN”.

This document describes the radiation situation in Minsk region after the Chernobyl NPP disaster as it was on 12 April 1989 and summary data about the inhabited places in Minsk region in the area of high radioactive contamination in 1989.

The exhibition runs until 29 April 2016 at the hall of the State Archives of Minsk Region.

25 April 2016
Join us and the world for the celebration of the International Archives Day on June 9 !
“Archives, Harmony and Friendship”


We invite you to celebrate the 2016 International Archives Day on the theme “Archives, Harmony and Friendship”. As you will know, this is also the theme of the 2016 ICA Congress in Seoul.

The ICA wants you to enjoy and have fun with everyone else, in your own language, during this international event for archivists and record managers on 9th June.

The celebration of “Archives, Harmony and Friendship “will continue right up to the September Congress.

Share your experience, the importance of your work and show the archives profession is fun, inclusive, varied and your expertise helpful to everyone. Under the theme “Archives, Harmony and Friendship”, organize right now, an exhibition, a slide-show, a film screening, open your department to the public, explain your work, raise the profile of your colleagues and how they can help other departments in your institution or your company: It is entirely up to you to select a project for this 2016 International Archives Day. The list of events you can do is endless.

ICA International Congress 2016: "Archives, Harmony & Friendship" 5-10 September, Seoul

The International Council on Archives Quadriennial Congress, in Seoul, South Korea, from 5-10 September 2016, will consider the theme of "Archives, Harmony and Friendship." In keeping with the theme of archives, harmony and friendship, records and archives professionals around the world are encouraged to submit proposals on the conference themes, which include: the changing nature of recordkeeping in the digital age; opportunities for cooperation within and outside of the archival milieu; the uses of and role of archives in support of truth, justice and reconciliation; and opportunities for harmony and friendship in archival endeavours.

The conference will also include presentations on the topic of native peoples and their relationship both to their own records and archives and to the work of non-native communities in recordkeeping and archives management. Presentations will also explore management of records and archives in the Korean context as well as the initiatives and achievements of ICA members around the world. Finally, the conference will also provide a forum for new professionals to present their thoughts on records and archives issues. The goal of the conference is not only to address challenges but also look for opportunities and achievements: to build a framework for continuing harmony and friendship across the archival world.

More details on the ICA website

25 April 2016
On 19 April 2016 the employees of the State Archives of Grodno Region took part in the round table on the Topical Issues of the Confessional History of Belarus, organized by the Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno, the department of Belarusian history, archaeology and special historical disciplines.

The round table included a presentation of monographs “Against the liquidation of the Uniate Church in Belarus in 1780-1839” by S.V. Morozova, “Kościόl katolicki na Bialorusi 1939-1991. Od znisczenia do narodzenia” by E.S Yarmusik and the collection of published documents “The Grodno Orthodox Eparchy 1921-1939. Documents and materials”, prepared by the State Archives of Grodno Region.

The participants discussed the issues of confessional history, source studies and the perspectives and priorities in the development of historical science in Grodno region.

19 April 2016
The Local State Archives in Molodechno offers an online exhibition of documents marking 75 years since the beginning of the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945.

The exhibition is available on the Archive’s website in the Russian language.

14 April 2016
The State Archives of Minsk Region have prepared an online exhibition of documents celebrating 70 years since the foundation of the Committee for Architecture and Construction of Minsk Region Executive Committee.

The exhibition features documents highlighting the most important stages in the formation of the Committee for Architecture, Town Construction and Planning. Of the most interest are the documents describing the opening of the Yanka Kupala Memorial Complex in the village of Vyazynka and the preparation of tourist routes for the Olympic Games in 1980.

The exhibition is available on the Archive’s website in the Russian language.

07 April 2016
The Belarusian State Archives-Museum of Literature and Art website has created an online exhibition dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the birth of Belarusian poetess, prose writer, playwright, translator and public figure Valentina KOVTUN

The texts of the exhibition are in Belarusian only.

05 April 2016
On 4 April 2016 during the American Documentary Film Festival, which takes place April 4-8 at the Pobeda movie theatre in Minsk, the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings was visited by First Secretary of the US Embassy in Belarus Fredric Stern, American film producer and director David Marshall, interpreter Olga Tsvetkova, cinema critic, associate professor at the faculty of cinematic arts at the University of Southern California Christine Acham, and information expert at the US Embassy in Belarus Alexey Solomakha.








31 March 2016
On 30 March 2016 the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry held a board meeting to discuss the functioning of websites run by the central state archives and the Thematic Plan of Research and Development at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (the Department for Archives and Records Management) for 2016 and the Report of Research and Development at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (the Department for Archives and Records Management) for 2015.

The Department Board examined the functioning of websites run by the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus (NARB), the National Historical Archives of Belarus (NIAB), the Belarusian State Archives-Museum of Literature and Art (BGAMLI) and the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Science (BelNIIDAD). An increasing access to archival information is ensured through online exhibitions of archival documents posted on the websites of the state archives (currently more than 50 exposition projects have been launched) and the information about the system of finding aids to archival records which provide a remote search and access to archival guides and directories about the composition and contents of archives. The websites of NARB, NIAB and BGAMLI contain information about the composition of their holdings and the secure copies of the most unique and especially valuable archival records. The website of BelNIIDAD offers information about the scholarly activities in the field of archives and records management.

The Department Board approved the Thematic Plan of Research and Development for 2016 and the Report of Research and Development for 2015.

22 March 2016
Book of documents The Wall of Memory in KhatynOn 18 March 2016 the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus hosted a presentation of the book of documents The Wall of Memory in Khatyn.
The presentation took place on the eve of the anniversary of the tragedy that took place in the village of Khatyn on 22 March 1943. The book tells about 66 places of mass executions of civilians and military servicemen commemorated on the Wall of Memory at the Katyn Memorial.

The book includes 134 documents available from the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, the Central Archives of the Committee for State Security of the Republic of Belarus, the State Archives of Brest Region, the State Archives of Gomel Region, the Yad Vashem National Memorial (Jerusalem), the Regional Museum in Borisov. The book features reports and certificates issued by the regional, district and town commissions of the Extraordinary State Committee, transcripts of interrogation of eyewitnesses, victims and hangmen, reminiscences etc. The book is illustrated with photographs of the Khatyn State Memorial Complex and the monuments erected in the places of the tragedy commemorated on the Wall of Memory.

The event was opened by V.I. Kurash, Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus. A welcome speech was delivered by V.I. Adamushko, Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry. V.D. Selemenev, head of the author’s group, chief archivist at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus reported about the work done for the preparation of the book.

Among the participants and speakers at the event were A.M. Litvin, chief of the military history and inter-government relations at the History Institute of the Belarusian National Academy of Sciences; G.V. Skorinko, assistant chief curator of the Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War etc.

The event included an exhibition of archival documents and photographs dedicated to the tragedy of the Belarusian people in the Second World War.

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