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01 July 2015
The traditional, 14th meeting of archivists from Bryansk (Russia) and Gomel (Belarus) regional state archives took place in Vetka, Gomel Region on 26 June 2015.

The round table was dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945.

Belarusian archivists acquainted their Russian colleagues with a new collection of published documents “Gomel Region in 1943-1953: Documents and Materials”. The book has been prepared by the State Archives of Public Organisations of Gomel Region in collaboration with the State Archives of Gomel Region and the Local State Archives in Mozyr. The book offers 134 documents, most of which have been published for the first time. The book is illustrated with photographs selected from the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings, the State Archives of Public Organisations of Gomel Region, the Gomel Palace and Park Ensemble State Historical Cultural Institution and Newspaper Gomelskaya Prauda.

The archivists from Bryansk Region (Russia) told of their documentary research into the memorial complex in the area of the former village of Rechechka, Klintsy district, Bryansk region – analogue of Belarusian Khatyn.

During the retreat on 23 September 1943 the Nazi invaders executed and burned all residents in the village of Rechechka, including babies and old men. The symbolic concrete doorways have been installed on the site of former houses in the destructed village. The plates on the door posts show the name and age of everyone who once lived there.

As part of the archival event the guests were shown the sights of Vetka and visited the Shklyarov Museum of Old Belief and Belarusian Traditions in Vetka.



29 June 2015
The Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies (BelNIIDAD) has released new publications:


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From the history of archives in Belarus (the 1860s — 1960s): documents and materials / comp. : S. V. Zhumar, Ì. F. Shumeiko. — Minsk : BelNIIDAD, 2015. — 438 p.

The book presents documents and materials on the history of archives and archival science in Belarus, beginning from the creation of the first historical archives — the Central Archives of Early Records in Vitebsk — until the system of archival bodies and institutions had been transferred to the government of the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic. The historical sources, most part of which have been published for the first time, cover approximately one hundred years of the events extremely important for the destiny of Belarusian archives and mark a complicated but dynamic transference from the departmental autonomy and the lack of system to the modern foundations of the archive business.

The book is intended for historians, archivists, students of the humanities, local specialists and everyone interested in the history and culture of Belarus.

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Zhlutka, À. À.
Paleography of Latin Acts
/ À. À. Zhlutka. — Minsk: BelNIIDAD, 2015. —202 p.

The book examines issues of the Latin documentary writing from Antiquity to Modern Times with focus on graphics of medieval written monuments, including those relating to the history of Belarus and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

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Methodical recommendations for describing sphragistic materials of 15th to 18th centuries in the archives of Belarus / comp. À. ². Shalanda. — Minsk : BelNIIDAD, 2015. — 48 p., illustrations.

ISBN 978-985-6733-96-6.

The book examines the main principles, methods and techniques of describing sphragistic materials of 15th to 18th centuries held in Belarusian archives. Describes the notion of stamp, its main elements, types of stamps in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, methods of their identification and fixation. The book draws on the domestic practices of sphragistic description as well as the newest achievements in the international sigillography.

The edition is intended for archivists, historical editors, museum researchers, historians, specialists in heraldry and sphragistics, collectors.


17 June 2015
On 10-12 June 2015 the delegation of the National Historical Archives of Belarus headed by Director D. Yatsevich paid a visit to the Museum of King John III’s Palace at Wilanow (Warsaw, Poland).

Attendees at the official meeting dedicated to the perspectives of cooperation between archival and museum institutions in Belarus and Poland were Director of the National Historical Archives of Belarus D. Yatsevich, Director of the Museum of King John III’s Palace at Wilanow P. Jaskanis, Deputy Director General of State Archives of Poland A. Bernat, Deputy Director of the Department of Cultural Heritage at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland D. Januszewska-Jakubiak, Director of the Centre of Belarusian Culture at the Belarusian Embassy to Poland E. Shvaika and more.

The meeting resulted in signing a long-term agreement between the Archives and the Museum on cooperation in the field of research of the documentary heritage of the Sobieski family, which is held at the National Historical Archives of Belarus in the Fond “The Sobieski Archives at Olawa”. Belarusian archivists presented their Polish colleagues with the latest archive publications and acquainted with the practices of the museum’s exhibition and publication activities.

The delegation also visited the Belarusian Embassy in Poland and met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Poland A. Averyanov.





08 June 2015
On 2-4 June 2015 a professional meeting was held in Grodno, Belarus, that included heads of archive services and state archival institutions of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation. The delegation of Belarusian archivists was headed by Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus V. Adamushko, the Russian delegation by the Chief of the Federal Archival Agency of the Culture Ministry of the Russian Federation A. Artizov. Attendees at the meeting were representatives of the archive service of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The meeting discussed issues of providing archival services to citizens and juridical persons at the state archives of Russia and Belarus.

The event included a joint board meeting of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus and the Federal Archival Agency of the Russian Federation. The board meeting discussed issues of “Practices of the Belarusian and Russian archive services in making lists of records creating organizations, sources of records acquisition for the state archives in the Republic of Belarus and the federal archives in the Russian Federation” and “The plan of joint actions of the Department for Archives and Records Management of Belarus and the Federal Archival Agency of Russia for 2014-2016”.

During the meeting the participants acquainted with the work of the National Historical Archives of Belarus in Grodno and the State Archives of Grodno Region.











04 June 2015
On 21-22 May 2015 in Kyiv, Ukraine the head of the archeography division at the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Science (BelNIIDAD) V.S. Pazdnyakou took part at the All-Ukrainian (with international participation) Scholarly Conference “Archives – Science – Society: Ways of Interaction” dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Ukrainian Research Institute of Archival Affairs and Records Keeping. He delivered a report on the topic “Achievements in the field of archival editing at the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Science”.

The conference included the exchange of practices in the field of archival science and historical editing, defined the ways of further cooperation.





29 May 2015
The 15th international conference Archives in the Social Environment of the 21st Century was held on 21-22 May 2015 in Warsaw, Poland in the series of international archival conferences «Colloquia Jerzy Skowronek dedicata». The organizer of the conference was the Head Office of the State Archives of Poland.

The conference brought together representatives from 17 countries (Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland, Croatia and Estonia).

The conference focused on the issues related to the participation of archival institutions in the Internet, particularly in social networks. The other topics included the engagement of volunteer groups in the archive activities, the direct cooperation of archives with social organizations, some theoretical issues in the archive business etc.

Attendee at the conference from the Belarusian side was the Head of the Records and Information Use Division G. Zholnerkevich who delivered a report “Records of the state archives of the Republic of Belarus as a source of intercommunication with modern society”.











20 May 2015
International scholarly conference Great Victory: History and Modern Time was held in Minsk on 14-15 May 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945.

The organisers of the conference are the State Archives of Minsk Region, the State Security Committee of the Republic of Belarus and the Central Archives of the State Security Committee of the Republic of Belarus.



13 May 2015
Records Retention Schedule

The Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies (BelNIIDAD) issued a new edition of the Retention Schedule for standard records of government agencies, institutions and individual entrepreneurs.

The Schedule defines a period of retention for records created by government agencies, institutions and physical entities and is mandatory for use in all institutions and organizations in the Republic of Belarus. The Schedule is used in preparing classification schemes and file plans, appraisal of records, formation and description of records, acquisition of archives, processing of archival inventories etc.

The new edition includes changes and amendments adopted by the resolutions of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus No. 116 of 20 May 2014 and No. 242 of 12 December 2014. The Schedule is attached with an index to record types and names and scholarly comments on its use.
12 May 2015
The State Archives of Brest Region has organized a series of expositions dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945.

The exhibition of documents called “ Brest. Occupation. 1941-1944” shows more than 40 documents from the Brest city administration for 1941-1944, from the newspaper “Nashe slovo” that was published in Brest during the Nazi occupation. These are the first decrees and orders of the German occupation authorities; documents that illustrate the system of food supply of the city population, the occupation policy of forced labour and deportation to Germany, German propaganda posters calling for voluntary work in Germany; various applications from Brest residents to the City Council that give evidence of their disastrous state etc.

A separate exposition offers documents illustrating the aftermath of the war and the damage inflicted on Brest (records of the Brest regional commission for assistance to the Extraordinary State Commission for Investigation of Nazi Crimes and Damage).

A symbolic poster column shows advertisements, fragments of newspaper from various periods (before the war, during the occupation and the liberation of the city), pages of the regional newspaper “Zarya” dated 8, 11 and 13 May 1945 dedicated to the Victory Day.





11 May 2015
On 29 April 2015 the State Archives of Astana City (Kazakhstan) with the participation of the Ambassador of Belarus to Kazakhstan Mr. A. Nichkasov held a presentation of the book of archival documents “The archives speak…” published in honour of the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945. The book contains archival documents held at the archives of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. The book’s section called “Kazakhstan Partisans” includes documents from the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus discovered by Belarusian and Kazakh archivists and prepared with the assistance of the Belarus Embassy.

The event also included an exhibition of documentary photographs from the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings entitled “Unconquered Belarus”. Among the participants were representatives of the diplomatic corps, WWII veterans and workers in the Soviet rear, members of the state agencies and the Belarusian community in Kazakhstan.

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