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19 February 2015
On 17 February 2015 the Finnish company Planix, a leader in digitization of paper archives in Finland held a presentation on New technologies and non-standard solutions in digitization of archival records.

The participants got acquainted with the modern technologies in the sphere of digitization and saw a demonstration of the scanning equipment – large-format scanners.

Attendees at the event were representatives from 14 state archival institutions and the Central Archives of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Belarus.

The Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry thanks the National Historical Archives of Belarus for their assistance in organizing this event.


Presentation on New technologies and non-standard solutions in digitization of archival records by Finnish company Planix


Presentation on New technologies and non-standard solutions in digitization of archival records by Finnish company Planix


Presentation on New technologies and non-standard solutions in digitization of archival records by Finnish company Planix


23 January 2015
On 22 January 2015 the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry held an extended board meeting to review the results of the archives and records management authorities and the state archival institutions in Belarus in 2014 and to set the objectives for 2015.

Attending the meeting were Deputy Minister for Justice E. Kovalenko, heads and deputy heads of the main justice boards at the regional executive committees and the Minsk City Executive Committee, heads of the archives and records divisions, directors of the state archives, members of the Department for Archives and Records Management. In all, 65 persons attended the meeting.

Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management V. Adamushko delivered a report. Directors of the state archives and representatives from the regions took part in the debates. In 2014 the state archives continued to implement the Archives of Belarus State Programme for 2011-2015. 1,7 billion roubles were spent from the Republic budget. In the regions the activities were financed from the local funds to the sum of 8,0 billion roubles.

As on 1 January 2015 the state archives held 49 197 fonds; 12 624 458 paper items; 40 364 film records; 254 249 photographic records; 17 994 sound records; 4 017 video records; 13 electronic fonds, 602 electronic records; 700 museum items. The especially valuable files in 28 state archives are 340 578, which makes up 2,7% of the total number of the storage units.

An important activity at the state archives is the provision of information services and the execution of legal and social inquiries. During the past year the state archives handled over 31 500 inquiries from citizens, executed 277 genealogical requests and over 15 000 subject requests. 14 949 people visited the archives in person. The State Heraldry Register of the Republic of Belarus has added 85 official heraldic symbols.

In 2014 the state archives organized 77 exhibitions, published 13 books, including 10 collections of documents and directories based on the archive documents.
15 January 2015

Book coverThe Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Science (BelNIIDAD) has released a monograph called The Archive of the Orthodox and Greek Catholic Metropolitans of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in the 16th - 18th Centuries (History, Structure, Contents).

The book investigates the history of the Orthodox and later the Uniate (Greek Catholic) Metropolitans of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in the 16th through the 18th centuries. This examines the sources of the documentary collection of the metropolitans, its destiny in the 19th and 20th centuries, the structure and contents of the archives in different periods. The appendix contains extracts from the 1763 inventory of the metropolitans’ archives.

The book is intended for archivists, historical editors and everyone interested in the history of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the history of the church.

12 January 2015
The Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Science (BelNIIDAD) has issued new publications:


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The Metrica of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania: history, research, publications (brief description).

The book is a short and informative directory on the history and studies into the Metrica of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the main part of the archives of our old state. The book includes lists of the published volumes of the Metrica and works by Belarusian and foreign researchers into the history of the Metrica. This is intended for archivists, scholarly editors, historians, students and everyone interested in the history of the 14th to the 17th centuries.


Book cover
The Concept of Identification, Description, Inventory and Use of Documents on the History and Culture of Belarus Held in Foreign Archives.

The book describes the concept of Archival Belarusica, lists main groups of Archival Belarusica objects, the structure and organisation of the integrated information resource of the documents on the history and culture of Belarus held abroad.

Book cover
Standard File Plans for the Regional and Local State Archives.

This is a procedural guidance for making a specific filing classification scheme in the regional and local state archives. The book is intended for employees at the regional and local archives.


29 December 2014
On 29 December 2014 the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry held a board meeting to discuss the issues of handling the requests of citizens and legal entities at the state archival institutions in the second half of 2014, the execution of legislation on struggle against the corruption at the central archival institutions in 2014 and a number of other issues.

The department board noted that handling of citizens’ inquiries and the issuance of archival certificates have been conducted in strict compliance with Belarusian legislation. The work of archival agencies and institutions in the reported period was directed at a timely and qualitative execution of citizens’ inquiries and petitions. The issuance of archival certificates and other reference documents is conducted on the basis of written applications. No violations of legislation have been found.

The observance of legislation on struggle against the corruption at the central state archives has been under permanent control by the Department for Archives and Records Management.

The department board discussed and approved the draft Plan of Actions of the Department for Archives and Records Management in 2015.


22 December 2014
An exhibition Belarusian Cinema 90 Years opened at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus on 16 December 2014.

The exposition was prepared by the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus in cooperation with the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings in Dzerzhynsk, the Cinema Studio Belarusfilm, the Museum of the History of Belarusian Cinema and the National Historical Museum.

The exhibition was opened by the director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus A. Samovich. A speech of welcome was delivered by the deputy director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry O. Biryukova.

During the opening of the exhibition, a meeting was held with the known people in Belarusian cinema: the executive producer and director A. Shkadarevich, the artistic director of the animation film studio A. Lenkin, the chief editor of the Letopis studio V. Moroz, the director of the Museum of the History of Belarusian Cinema I. Avdeev.

The exhibition presents the original archival materials showing the origins of the Belarusian cinematography in the 1920s-1930s, the rare photos of famous Belarusian film directors, script writers and actors who created unique images in the Belarusian cinema. The documents and photographs also portray cameramen, art designers and scenic decorators without whose unnoticeable work the cinema would be impossible.

Of special value at the exhibition are film billboards, advertising posters and commercials, portraits of popular Belarusian actors, costumes and other props that were used in most popular Soviet and Belarusian films such as “The Red Riding Hood”, “The Adventures of Buratino”, “Anastasia Slutskaya”, “The Savage Hunt of King Stakh” etc.

The soundmen were presented by the music written by famous composers for the films of different years.

The exhibition runs until 15 January 2015.

Belarusian Cinema – 90 Years

Exhibition Belarusian Cinema 90 Years opened at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus


Exhibition Belarusian Cinema 90 Years opened at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus


Exhibition Belarusian Cinema 90 Years opened at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus


Exhibition Belarusian Cinema 90 Years opened at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus


19 December 2014
On 17 December 2014 as part of the New Year charity action Our Children the deputy director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry and directors of the Belarusian State Archives-Museum of Literature and Art and the Belarusian State Archives of Scientific and Technical Documentation visited the Social Pedagogical Centre of the Sovetsky District in Minsk and presented new year gifts to the centre’s inmates.

15 December 2014
On the birthday of the Belarusian poet Maksim Bogdanovich on December 9, Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry V. Adamushko handed to the Maksim Bogdanovich Memorial Museum copies of previously unknown documents about the life of the Bogdanovich family in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. These include materials concerning A.E. Bogdanovich’s work at the Nizhny Novgorod branch of the Peasants Land Bank and M. Bogdanovich’s studies at the male high school in Nizhny Novgorod.

Copies of documents have been prepared by the State Archives of Nizhny Novgorod.
08 December 2014
The State Archives of Brest Region presents an online exhibition The History of Brest Region in Archival Records dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the foundation of Brest Region. The exhibition is displayed on the official website of the Brest Region Executive Committee (brest-region.gov.by).

The exposition offers archival records highlighting interesting and important events and facts in the history of Brest Region from December 1939 till the mid-1980s.

08 December 2014
On 4 December 2014 Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry V. Adamushko took part in the celebration of the 55th anniversary of the Yanka Kupala State Literary Memorial Museum.

V. Adamushko transferred to the museum copies of the previously unknown documents on Yanka Kupala’s life identified and prepared by the Russian archivists and available from the Russian State Historical Archives, Russian State Military Historical Archives and the State Archives of Kursk Region.

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