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05 October 2016
On 5 October 2016 the National Press Center of the Republic of Belarus held a press conference on the topic of the Development of Archive Business in the Republic of Belarus dedicated to the Archivist Day.

Attendees at the press conference were Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry V. Adamushko, Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus V. Kurash, and Deputy Director of the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings E. Grinevich.

The participants reported on the main issues related to the activities of the state archival institutions in the Republic of Belarus, the preservation and use of archival documents, methodical and procedural aspects in the work of the state archives.

03 October 2016
On 30 September 2016 the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus held a board meeting to discuss the practices of the National Historical Archives of Belarus in the publishing field; preparation by the state archival institutions for 2016/2017 autumn-winter season; and work of the Department and the state archives in executing administrative procedures in the first half of 2016.

The board noted that the National Historical Archives of Belarus participates in various publishing projects since 1959. For this period the Archives has issued into print or participated in the preparation of 38 books. From 2001 the Archives published 13 issues of the “Arkhivarius” (Archivist) Compendium of Scholarly Reports and Articles.

On the second issue it was noted that preventive maintenance and repair have been completed to prepare the state archival institutions for 2016/2017 autumn-winter season. All the branch-owned objects – 33 buildings of the state archival institutions – have received passports certifying preparation for heat energy consumption in autumn-winter season.

Discussing the third issue it was noted that in the first half of 2016 the Department put down 416 Apostille stamps on the documents issued by the state archives in the Republic of Belarus. The state archives handled 5,354 applications for social and legal inquiries. 5,115 applications came from Belarusian citizens, 239 from foreign nationals.

29 September 2016
An international scientific conference “25 years of the Commonwealth of Independent States: results and perspectives” was opened on 28 September 2016 at the Belarusian National Academy of Sciences.

The conference addressed the issues of economic interaction, scientific and innovation cooperation, expansion of contacts in the field of culture, sports, youth politics and other issues related to the development of the CIS countries.

Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry, Vladimir Adamushko, took part at the conference and delivered a report on “The state archival institutions in the Republic of Belarus in the post-Soviet space. The main areas of cooperation as part of the Commonwealth of Independent States”.

29 September 2016
A scholarly round table “The Republic of Belarus on the way of socio-economic reforms and strengthening of independence: the challenges and achievements of 25 years” was held on 27 September 2016 at the Historical Faculty of the Belarusian State University.

The scholarly agenda included the issues of social political and economic reforms, transformations in foreign policy, confessional and educational spheres in the Republic of Belarus.

Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry, Vladimir Adamushko, took part at the round table and delivered a report.

26 September 2016
Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus, Vladimir Adamushko, took part in the session of the Council on Archives at the Federal Archival Agency of the Russian Federation, which was held on 20-21 September 2016 in Samara, Russia.

The Council’s session addressed the issues of providing public services by the state and municipal archives in the Russian Federation. V. Adamushko made a report on the practices of public services delivered by the state archives in the Republic of Belarus.

16 September 2016
The International Council on Archives Quadrennial Congress took place in Seoul, South Korea on 5-10 September 2016. The Congress brought together over 2000 archivists from 114 countries. The Belarusian delegation was represented by Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management in the Republic of Belarus, V. Adamushko, Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, V. Kurash, and Director of the National Historical Archives of the Republic of Belarus, D. Yatskevich.

The main topic of the Congress – Archives, Harmony and Friendship: Safeguarding of Cultural Traditions, Justice and Cooperation in the Global World.

The congress themes included: the changing nature of recordkeeping in the digital age; opportunities for cooperation within and outside the archival milieu; the role of archives in the support of truth and justice; and opportunities for harmony and friendship in archival endeavors.

Mr. V. Adamushko, Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management in the Republic of Belarus presented a report on the topic “Archives heritage without barriers: interaction of state archives at various levels”.

Members of the Belarusian delegation took part in the session of the ICA General Assembly, plenary meetings, regional sessions and round tables.

During the congress members of the Belarusian delegation held working meetings with representatives of the state archival services from Azerbaijan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and other countries, discussed the perspectives of mutual cooperation and mapped out concrete projects for the nearest time.


ICA International Congress 5-10 September 2016


ICA International Congress 5-10 September 2016


ICA International Congress 5-10 September 2016


ICA International Congress 5-10 September 2016

09 September 2016
The State Archives of Brest Region has prepared an exhibition of documents, The Cultural Life in Brest. 1944 – the 1980s dedicated to the Year of Culture announced by Presidential Decree ¹ 522 of 28 December 2015.

The exhibition shows around 30 documents from the holdings of the Brest Region Executive Committee, Brest Town Executive Committee, local cultural authorities, Brest Region Theatre of Drama and Culture, the M. Gorky Brest Regional Library, the Brest Regional Local Museum etc., over 70 articles and reports from the regional newspaper “Zarya”, a number of photographs.

The displayed materials demonstrate the development of culture and arts, folklore, the activities of cultural institutions in Brest etc.


Exhibition of documents The Cultural Life in Brest 1944 - the1980s



Exhibition of documents The Cultural Life in Brest 1944 - the1980s



Exhibition of documents The Cultural Life in Brest 1944 - the1980s



Exhibition of documents The Cultural Life in Brest 1944 - the1980s




Exhibition of documents The Cultural Life in Brest 1944 - the1980s



Exhibition of documents The Cultural Life in Brest 1944 - the1980s



Exhibition of documents The Cultural Life in Brest 1944 - the1980s

05 September 2016
On 31 August 2016 the Belarusian State Archives of Scientific and Technical Documentation opened an exhibition dedicated to 80th anniversary of the birth of Leonid LEVIN, Honored Architect of the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic (BSSR).

The exhibition shows documents presented by the Belarusian Union of Architects and the materials from the Archives’ holdings.

The architect’s main works are the Khatyn Memorial Complex (1969); Memorial Complex “The Breakthrough” at Ushachi (1974); Memorial Complex “Condemnation of Fascism” (village of Shunevka,1983); Memorial to the Perished Jews of Gorodeya (2004); Memorial to Children who Died during the Great Patriotic War (Krasny Bereg, Zhlobin district, 2006); Monument to Yanka Kupala (Minsk, 1972); Monument to Yakub Kolas (Minsk, 1972); Monument to Prince David in David-Gorodok (2000); the building of the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (1968); metro stations “Lenin Square” (1984) and “Nemiga” (1990); reconstruction of the historical part of Minsk: “The Trinity Suburb”, “The Upper Town” etc.

Architect Leonid Levin is awarded two Honored Diplomas of the Supreme Council of the BSSR, the Diploma of the Supreme Council of the BSSR, the Order “For Achievements in the Federative Republic of Germany”.

31 August 2016

The State Archives of Brest Region. A Guide to Holdings 1939-2014The State Archives of Brest Region has released a directory “The State Archives of Brest Region. A Guide to Holdings 1939-2014”.

The directory includes a list of contents, introduction, list of abbreviations, main part, list of fonds (record groups), a summary of administrative and territorial division.

The main part contains descriptions of fonds classified in 23 sections by branch and sub-sections by the activity of a record creating institution. The separate sections describe records created by the authorities, institutions and enterprises in the period of 1939-1941 and records of the German occupation period of 1941-1944.

The description of a fond includes a fond title, reference data (fond number, amount of files, inclusive dates), a short history of a record creator, record annotations.
14 July 2016
By Resolution No. 27 of 1 April 2016 the Republic of Belarus State Committee on Standardization adopted the State Standard STB ISO 15489-1-2016 “Information and Documentation. Records Management. Part 1. General” instead of the preliminary state standard STB P ISO 15489-1-2001/2012 “Information and Documentation. Records Management. Part 1. General”.

The Standard becomes effective from 1 October 2016. The Standard was drafted by the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies (BelNIIDAD) and adopted by the National Technical Committee on Standardization TK BY 28 “Records Management”.

The Standard is identical to the International Standard ISO 15489-1:2001 “Information and Documentation – Records management – Part 1: General”.

This part of ISO 15489 provides guidance on managing records of originating organizations, public or private, for external and internal clients. All the elements outlined in the standard are recommended to ensure that adequate records are created, captured and managed. Procedures that help to ensure the management of records according to the principles and elements outlined in the standard are provided in ISO/TR 15489-2.

This part of ISO 15489 applies to the management of records, in all formats or media, created or received by any public or private institution in the conduct of its activities, or any individual with a duty to create and maintain records. This provides guidance on determining the responsibilities of organizations for records and records policies, procedures, systems and processes, etc.

This part of ISO 15489 is intended for use by managers of organizations, records, information and technology management professionals, all other personnel in organizations, and other individuals with a duty to create and maintain records.
The standard does not include the management of archival records within archival institutions.

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