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28 November 2013
On 27 November 2013 at the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus the director of the State Archives of Vitebsk Region received a copy of the plan of Vitebsk from 1664 created by the Russian State Archives of Early Records (RGADA) at the request of the Belarusian archivists.

We express gratitude to the chief of the Federal Archival Agency of Russia A.N. Artizov and the RGADA’s director M.P. Ryzhenkov for the presented historical document that will take a worthy place in the National Archival Holdings of the Republic of Belarus.

28 November 2013
In November 2013 the State Archives of Minsk Region released the next book of published documents in the series “Minsk Region in Documents and Materials” founded in 2007. The present edition is dedicated to the history of Minsk Region in the tragic period of the German Occupation 1941-1944. The book includes 94 documents from the archive’s holdings, all of which have been published for the first time.

The book illustrates the main activities of the Occupation administration in Minsk Region, the daily life of the civilian population in the unhuman conditions under the Occupation and a large scale of the Partisan movement. The edition is illustrated with the photographs of archival documents, has a geographical index and a preface. This is intended for historians, regional specialists, history students and readers interested in the history of the Great Patriotic War (World War Two).

19 November 2013
On 14 November 2013 the State Archives of Minsk Region with the support of the Minsk Regional Executive Committee Main Justice Administration held a republic-level scholarly conference History and Archives: 20th and 21st Century Documentary Heritage of Belarus, dedicated to the 75th anniversary of this Archive.

The event took place at the Pushkin Regional Library in Minsk and brought together faculty members and postgraduates from different institutions in Belarus. Participants at the plenary meeting heard 20 reports. From the State Archives of Minsk Region the reports were made on the topics:

“Records of the State Archives of Minsk Region relating to the activity of the state security service and interior bodies in the Belarusian SSR and the USSR during the Great Patriotic War and in the post-war period” (by the head of the records use and publication department Vasily M. Matokh)

”Records of the State Archives of Minsk Region as a source into the history of rendering medical aid to the Partisans during the occupation of Belarus in 1941-1944” (by the archivist at the records use and publication department Yulia V. Milevskaya).

During the conference the participants discussed a number of issues on the history and practices of archive business in Belarus and the most topical issues and perspectives of development in the regional archives of the Republic of Belarus.

The conference papers will be published as a separate book.

The conference was concluded with a friendly dinner and a tour to the Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War.


Conference participants

19 November 2013
On 12 November 2013 the Museum of Military History at Vienna hosted a presentation of the book, Military Burials of World War One in Belarus prepared by the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, Austria’s Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Research on War Consequences and the Academy of the Interior Ministry of the Republic of Belarus with the support of the Austrian Black Cross and the People’s Union of Germany for the Care of War Graves.

The event was attended by the Ambassador of Belarus to the Austrian Republic Valery Voronetsky, President of the Austrian Black Cross Peter Rieser, General Secretary of the German People’s Union Reiner Ruff, director of the Boltzmann Institute Stefan Karner, the book’s authors Anatoly Sharkhov and Viacheslav Selemenev, and representatives from Austria’s Interior Ministry, Ukrainian and Austrian embassies, scholarly and social institutions.

06 November 2013
The Fourth Conference of Archives in the Slavic Countries was held on 18-19 October 2013 in the Slovene town of Lipica. The Conference was attended by the representatives of archives from Belarus, Macedonia, the Serbian Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro.

Eight reports were delivered as part of the conference on the topic of “Archives and Present Day Requirements”. Following the tradition, the reports were presented in national languages. From the Belarusian side, the director of the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies (BelNIIDAD) Mr A.E. Rybakov delivered a presentation report on the “Archives in Belarus in Conditions of Contemporary Requirements”.

The analysis of the reports and the following discussion made it possible to the four main issues which are presently of the most importance for archives in the Slavic countries:

Organisation of the system of administrative bodies in charge of archive business and state archival institutions;

Building of an efficient system for their relationship with the bodies of state power and government;

Records preservation in the context of the provision of required buildings and facilities for archives, preservation of electronic records;

Financing of state archives;

Professional training of archivists, provision of personnel for state archives, perspectives of development in archival science.

One of the conference events was a meeting with the director of the Forum of Slavic Cultures, Andreja Rihter. The participants summed the results of the exhibition “The History of the Capitals of Slavic Countries in the Light of Archival Records” opened in May 2012 in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. This project, initiated at the Second Conference of Archives in the Slavic Countries in 2011, covered 13 Slavic countries of Belarus, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Macedonia, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Serbia, Croatia, Czechia, Montenegro and Ukraine.

As part of the conference, Mr. Rybakov held a working meeting with the director at the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia Bojan Cvelfar and the senior advisor at this Archive Natalia Glashar. The Slovenian side showed interest in the possibility of organising a joint Belarusian-Slovenian archival project relating to the life and work of Gabriel Gruber. In 1769 Gabriel Gruber began lecturing at the Higher School of Engineering at Ljubljana; Gruber Palace (now the building of the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia) was built according to his project, in 1784 he arrived in Belarus and until 1799 taught architecture and physics at the Jesuit College at Polotsk. Thanks to his efforts, the Polotsk College expanded its scholarly basis and turned into a large technical centre. Presently, the National Historical Archives of Belarus holds a collection of the Polotsk Jesuit College and they now have to the availability of the documents relating to Gabriel Gruber in their collection.

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On 21-22 October 2013 the 23rd Conference of International Archival Day took place in Trieste (Italy), which was organised by the International Institute for Archival Science of Trieste and Maribore (IIAS). The conference opened with the greeting of Charles Kesckemeti, a honoured member of this institute, General Secretary of the International Council on Archives from 1962 to 1988, who celebrated his 80th anniversary this year.

In all, the conference was attended by 100 people from Austria, Barbados, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, India, Spain, Italy, Macedonia, Malaysia, Poland, Russia, Rumania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, USA, Turkey, Ukraine, France, Croatia, Montenegro, Czechia, Chili, Estonia and the Republic of South Africa.

The conference covered the two main topics: “History of archives and archival science from the 1950s to the present day” and “Communications of archives with the young generation and institutions in the area of cultural heritage”.

The bulk of the reports on the first topic was dedicated to the history of archives in different countries, while the greater interest was aroused by the reports on the problematic issues in the development of archives and international cooperation in archive business. The General Secretary of ICA, David Leitch (Scotland) informed the participants on the key directions in the ICA activities. In his words, the priority importance for archives now lies in the necessity to solve the issues of documentation and records managements and the development of relevant norms, regulations, recommendations and their adoption in the international standards. The ICA put a special focus on this issue in conditions of the adoption of modern information technologies.

BelNIIDAD’s director A. Rybakov delivered a presentation report formation and development of archival science in the Republic of Belarus” (in English).

The conference papers and reports have been published in the ATLANTI journal.

Following the completion of the conference, the IIAS 7th Autumn Archival School was opened on 23 October 2013 and the 29th Assembly of IIAS members. The assembly participants heard the report on the Institute’s activities in 2012-2013, discussed the acceptance of new members and the topics for the next conference of International Archival Day. The two main topics were adopted for the next conference: “The First World War” and “Archives, Political Power and Society (in context of access, data security and advocacy)”.



01 November 2013
On 30 October 2013 the National Library of Belarus hosted the presentation of Viktor Korbut’s book Minsk. The Best View of the City, which includes photographic documents from the holdings of the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings demonstrating the views of streets, parks, gardens and squares in Minsk and the individual events for the period of 1917-1995.

The book has been issued by the Publishing House Zviazda and provides the author’s research into the history of Minsk from the 11th to the early 21st centuries. The author investigates the puzzle of the town’s origin and discusses a question of the reconstruction of its historical centre both from the viewpoint of the architectural objects and through the fates of the people associated with this town. Many facts in the book have been pronounced for the first time and can be of interest to students, tourists, regional specialists and academic scholars.


Viktor Korbut’s book Minsk The Best View of the City  Viktor Korbut’s book Minsk The Best View of the City

28 October 2013
The Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies (BelNIIDAD) issued a book of papers, The Historical Heritage of Belarus: Identification, Preservation and Research: Papers of International Scholarly Conference on the 90th anniversary of the State Archive Service of the Republic of Belarus, the 85th anniversary of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus and the 20th anniversary of the source study faculty at the Belarusian State University (Minsk, 17-18 May 2012. In two parts. Part 1 (247 p.), Part 2 (380 p.) and the Methodical Recommendations for work with documents in the Institutions of the Republic of Belarus introducing the ISO 9000 series international standards for Quality Management Systems.


Book cover
The book includes reports and articles by participants at the International Scholarly Conference “The Historical Heritage of Belarus: Identification, Preservation and Research: Papers of the International Scholarly Conference on the 90th anniversary of the State Archive Service of the Republic of Belarus, the 85th anniversary of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus and the 20th anniversary of the source study faculty at the Belarusian State University held in Minsk on 17-18 May 2012.

The edition is designed for archivists, historians, regional specialists, researchers into special historical disciplines.

Book cover
The Methodical Recommendations for work with documents in the institutions of the Republic of Belarus introducing the ISO 9000 series international standards “Quality Management Systems” explain the items of the ISO 9000 international standards and the state standards of the Republic of Belarus, adopted on their basis, in the part concerning the organization of work with documents based on the legislation on archives and records management in the Republic of Belarus.

This procedural guidance deals with various aspects of records management practices in implementing the ISO 9000 international standards, in particular the terminological aspects of their application, the relations between the quality management documentation and other document systems, including the organizational and administrative documents. In addition, the guidance discusses the issues of most common violations in the legislation on archives and records management in the Republic of Belarus that may appear when introducing the ISO 9000 standards into practice in the institutions.

24 October 2013
On 18 October 2013 the Belarusian State Archives-Museum of Literature and Art held a meeting to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the birth of Barys Viktaravich Platonau, the prominent actor at the Belarusian Yanka Kupala Drama Theater, the People’s Artist of the USSR. The meeting was opened by the archive’s director Hanna Zapartyka. Among the guests who spoke at the meeting were the artist’s nephew Aliaksei Platonau, the People’s Artist of the BSSR Zinaida Zubkova, actress Ala Dougaya, and the curator of the Kupala Theatre’s archives Klara Mizgail, who shared their reminiscences about the master of the Belarusian stage.





18 October 2013
On 15 October 2013 the State Archives of Public Organisations in Gomel Region held a regional workshop for the representatives of public organisations and political parties who are the sources of records acquisition at this Archives.

The workshop organisers are the main justice administration of the Gomel Regional Executive Committee and the State Archives of Public Organisations in Gomel Region.

Participants at the workshop included representatives of the main justice administration of the Gomel Regional Executive Committee and the public organizations, the Belarusian Peace Foundation, the Phoenix Gomel City Centre for the Ethical Treatment of Nature, the Belarusian Society of Invalids, the Hope for Children Foundation etc.

The work of the workshop was covered by radio and television broadcasts.

During the workshop the participants visited an exhibition of archival records.

The representatives of public organisations acquainted with the specially valuable documents, in particular those dated 1879 (“Political review of the Cherikov and Klimovichi districts, reports from the police administration of Mogilev, Bykhov, Orsha and Senno districts for 1879-1880”), documents from the fonds of the Historical-Party Division at the Gomel Province Committee of the Russian Communist Party of Bolsheviks.

The workshop included a trip to the archive’s storage facilities, during which the participants acquainted with the conditions of records storage. They had an opportunity to watch in practice the procedure for the issue of files from the archive’s repository. In addition, they visited repository ¹ 4, in which the most valuable documents are held.

The archive’s high skilled specialists delivered informative lectures. During the studies the participants discussed issues of legislation observance in the field of archives and records management in the Republic of Belarus, the establishment of records retention schedules, preservation, appraisal, file classification plans etc. The archive’s laboratory staff carried out a practical study in the technical processing of records.

Additionally, the workshop included a round table which discussed the issues of further effective cooperation.






07 October 2013
On 2 October 2013 the National Press Centre 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 Day of Archivist.

Attendees at the press conference included the director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry V.I. Adamushko, the acting director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus N.K. Rudakovsky and director at the Belarusian State Archives of Photographs, Films and Sound Recordings V.V. Balandin.

The participants reported on the issues of the general condition of archive business in Belarus, told of the composition and contents of records held at the state archives, touched upon different aspects of the creation and preservation of digital copies for documents included in the National Archival Holdings of the Republic of Belarus. A special attention was paid to the introduction of modern information technologies into the activities of the state archive institutions in our country.

The mass media representatives were interested in the issues of search tools for individual archive records, the procedure of creating personal fonds at the state archives, access to records and other issues in the area of archives in the Republic of Belarus.

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