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22 May 2012
The State Archives of Brest Region has prepared a scholarly edition "Brest in 1939-1941. Documents and materials".

The book presents 142 documents on the history of Brest during the short-time Soviet period from September 1939 to June 1941. These illuminate the activities of government institutions and party bodies, the political situation, the first arrangements of Soviet power, economic development, the state of industry, trade, municipal services, healthcare, education, cultural life, sports, etc.

Most records have been published for the first time. The book is illustrated with copies of documents, materials of periodical press and photographs. The teachers of the Brest Pushkin State University History Faculty assisted in the preparation and review of the book. This continues the edition of "Brest 1919-1939. Documents and Materials" published by the Archives in 2009 and is designed for historians, local specialists, archivists and everyone interested in the history of Brest



Compendium "The Consultative Council of Archival Services of CIS Countries. Working papers. Minsk, 21 June 2011".

The book includes minutes of meeting of the Consultative Council with agenda, member statements and relevant decisions, as well as the Council’s regulations.

22 May 2012
On 17-18 May 2012 Minsk held an international scholarly conference Historical Heritage of Belarus: Identification, Preservation and Study dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the State Archives Service of the Republic of Belarus, the 85th anniversary of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus and the 20th anniversary of the Belarusian State University Department of Source Studies.

The events were organized by the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry, the Belarusian State University, the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus and the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies.

Attending the conference were representatives of the Department for Archives and Records Management of Belarus, state archives, research institutions and higher educational institutions from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Poland.

Speakers at the plenary meeting were:
Director at the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus, V. Adamushko ("Archives in Public Service: on the 90th anniversary of the Archives Service of Belarus");
Scholary secretary at the Russian Research Institute of Documentation and Archival Science, V. Glotov ("Organization of scholarly research in the field of records and archival affairs in the Russian Federation in present conditions");
Dean at the BSU History Faculty, head of the source studies department S. Khodin ("20 years of the BSU source studies department: traditions and innovations");
Director at the Ukrainian Research Institute of Archival Business and Records Science, A. Garanin ("Training of high qualified professionals in records and archival science in the period of independent Ukraine 1991-2011").
The welcome address was given by the acting director at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus N. Rudakovsky.

The conference had four sections:

Section 1. Archives, museums and libraries in the formation of historical memory;
Section 2. Source studies, historiography, methods of historical research in the world of humanitarian knowledge;
Subsection: Studies of archival sources;
Section 3. Pressing issues in archival science, archaeography, documentation science;
Section 4. An archivist and records specialist in the modern society: on the issue of professional training.
22 May 2012
On 16 May 2012 the Centre for History of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Belarusian Diplomatic Service opened an exhibition dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Soviet statesman, party figure, diplomat, native of Belarus, Petr Andreevich Abrasimov.

The exhibition is a joint effort of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus and the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus (NARB). The exposition presents documents from NARB, the Belarusian State Archives of Photographs, Films and Sound Recordings, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Archives of Foreign Police of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Russian State Archives of Contemporary History.
Attending the opening of the exhibition were the Foreign Minister of Belarus S. Martynov, the director at the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry V. Adamushko, NARB acting diretor N. Rudakovsky, representatives of Belarusian public and mass media.
22 May 2012
BelNIIDAD (Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies) has issued a directory on Administrative Territorial System of Belarus 1981-2010.

The directory includes information on all administrative territorial entities that exist or existed in the Belarusian SSR and the Republic of Belarus from 1 January 1981 to 1 January 2011. The lists of administrative territorial units are in alphabetical order and include the required data on centres, subordination, composition of entities and changes in the indicated period. The book is designed for administrative staff of local authorities, government agencies, archival and research institutions.

To purchase the directory please contact BelNIIDAD at tel/fax: +375 (17) 286 02 05 (Mon to Thu 9.00-13.00 and 14.00-18.00, Fri until 16.30)
Address: 55 Kropotkina Street, Room 15, 220002, Minsk, BELARUS
14 May 2012
In 2012 the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus celebrates 85 years. It is a leading archival institution in Belarus that has earned high respect among the public and citizens. The Archive’s records contain data on the history of Belarus from 1918 to the present. To ensure an effective search of primary documentary information the Archives has prepared a short directory called The Fonds of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, which was issued in May 2012.

The Directory contains information about 1,166 fonds (record groups) available at the Archives as on 1 January 2011. Each record group has a description with a full and official short name of records creator, the creator’s subordination, reference data (fonds number, number of files and inventories, record end dates) etc. The descriptions in the personal fonds include family name, first name, patronymic, life dates, occupation, position, title. The fonds are grouped in 14 sections based on historical and industrial subject principles.

The reference data include title page, list of contents, abbreviations, index of fonds by number and by institution.
27 April 2012
The website of the Justice Board at the Gomel Region Executive Committee presents a virtual exhibition entitled The First May in Post-War Gomel Region in Documents and Photographs from the State Archives of Gomel Region.

The exhibition acquaints the public with the records of the Communist Party and the local authorities dated from the period 1944-1957 when despite the post-war devastation the toiling people of the Gomel Region marched in columns through the central streets of their towns and villages with the songs and greetings blaring from loud-speakers and were welcomed from high rostrums by the authority representatives and the most distinguished workers.
19 April 2012
BelNIIDAD (Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies) has issued the Album of Forms of Organizational Administrative Documents with Commentaries (based on the unified forms in the Unified Administrative Records System).

The Album offers examples in the Belarusian language for making records based on the single administrative forms in the Unified Administrative Records System (USORD), adopted by order of the director at the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus dated 14.05.2007 ¹ 25 (with alterations and amendments of 24.03.2008 ¹ 16).


BelNIIDAD reissued the Instruction on Recordkeeping in Government Institutions and other Organizations.

The Instruction establishes the rules for recordkeeping in various institutions in the Republic of Belarus, defines the procedures for records preparation, creation, acception, registration, control, storage and maintenance by both traditional and automation means. This also includes registration forms (registration and control cards, file plans, file inventories etc.), other documents needed in records management.

The edition includes alterations and amendments made by resolutions of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus of 24.10.2011 ¹ 235 and 27.01.2012 ¹ 18.


BelNIIDAD issued the Methodical Recommendations for the Publication of Polish-Language Documents on the History of Belarus in the 16th to the first half of the 19th centuries.

The edition formulates the basic principles and methods for the publication of manuscript sources in the Polish language, created in the Belarusian lands of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Russian Empire in the 16th through the first half of 19th centuries.
27 March 2012
On 30 March 2012, the Museum of the Gomel Palace and Park Ensemble State Historical and Cultural Institution at the Palace of the Rumyntsevs and the Paskevichs opens an exhibition called Gomel Under Construction dated for the presentation of the book, Dear Gomel: The Chronicle of the City’s Construction.

The exposition offers documents on the architecture and construction of Gomel city arranged in chronological order. Among the documentary exhibits available from the holdings of the State Archives of Gomel Region are the 1924 plan of Gomel, the 1925-1926 house designs and plans, locality plans, documents concerning the 1944 city planning, the personal file of the architect S.D. Shabunevsky etc.
26 March 2012
On 22 March 2012, the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus held a board meeting to discuss the issues of work organization at the expert services of institutions - sources of records acquisition for state archives, about the Department’s Thematic Plan of Research and Development for 2012 and the Final Report of R&D in 2011, about the Archives of Belarus 2006-2010 Programme.

On the first issue the department board noted that as on 01.01.2011, 7577 expert services were created in 8453 organizations - sources of records acquisition for state archives, which makes 89,6% of all registered organizations. Yet only 321 expert commissions (3,8% of the total number of the created commissions) include staff members of the state archive institutions. Presently 84,4% organizations, which have created the expert commissions, have the duly approved regulations on expert commissions.

Most expert services place the main focus on organization of records selection for permanent preservation or destruction, the discussion and approval of inventories of files with permanent or temporary (over 10 years) retention, including personnel records, file classifications, reports on destruction of records not required for preservation, instructions on record-keeping, regulations on organization’s expert commission and archive.

The department board has approved the Thematic Plan of R&D in 2012 and the Final Report on R&D in 2011.
22 March 2012
To mark the 95th anniversary of Minsk City Council of Deputies, the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus has prepared an exhibition entitled Minsk City Council. Historical Landmarks. The archive records cover nearly a century ’s activity of this important organ of democracy, beginning from March 1917 when the Minsk council was founded as a socio-political organization and a representative body of workers and soldiers to the present time, when the Minsk city council is a public authority of local self-government in the Belarusian capital Minsk.

The exhibition tells about the activity of the Council in different historical periods, the forms and conditions of work of the deputies, the changes in the life and appearance of Minsk.

The unique handwritten minutes of the first meetings of the Council and the newspaper publications give an insight into the complicated way of the formation of Minsk Council in the years 1917-1920. In addition to archival documents there are photographs of organizers, leaders and active members of the Council, whose names are well known to Minskers as they have been perpetuated in the names of Minsk streets. Most of them tragically perished in the year 1937.

Of great interest are the documents in which the deputies report of their activity in the 1920s. In order to be accessible to the then population with a low level of literacy, these reports were made in the form of coloured diagrams and drawings. Of no less interest are the personal records of the council members: questionnaires, identity cards, membership cards, reports of explanation etc.

The illustrations and photographs of the city streets and buildings and an old map of the city show the changes in the appearance of Minsk from the provincial town in the beginning of the 20th century, destruction in the Second World War to the modern megapolis – the capital of independent Belarus in our days.

The focal point of the exhibition are the documents illustrating the activity of the elected representatives of the people, whose aim in all times was and always remains the same – to improve the well-being of citizens on the basis of national interests.

The Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings and the State Archives of Minsk Region actively participated in the preparation of the exhibition.
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