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25 November 2008
A scholarly conference "The fourth international bibliology readings on new technologies in safeguarding documentary heritage" took place on 20-21 November 2008 at the National Library of Belarus. The conference brought together librarians, archivists and museum custodians from Belarus, Germany, Iran, Kazakhstan, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and Czechia.

The conference discussed the issues of creating and preserving documentary heritage, the introduction of modern technologies in archives, libraries and museums, and the joint projects aimed at safeguarding and providing wide access to book and archive collections.

The representatives of the State Archival Service of the Republic of Belarus actively participated in the conference.

The reports read by the Belarusian archivists dealt with the following issues:
• The use of information technologies in preserving documentary heritage in public archives (by O.A. Ledovskaya, chief of department of preservation, state registration and automated technologies at the Department of Archives and RM of the Republic of Belarus)

• Belarusian genealogical sources in the Internet (by T.S. Mikheenok, chief of department of automated archival technologies at the National Historical Archives of Belarus)

• The creation of electronic catalogues at the Belarusian State Archive-Museum of Literature and Art (by T.B. Bakovets, chief of department of information retrieval systems at the National Historical Archives of Belarus)

• Practices of presenting documents of the National Archival Holdings of Belarus on the Website "Archives of Belarus" and creating thematical resources in the web (by A.B. Pashkevich, scholarly secretary at the Belarusian Research Centre of Elecronic Records).



05 November 2008
31 October 2008, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Republic to Belarus Marian Serwatka visited the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus.

The Slovak ambassador became acquainted with the activities of various departments at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, contents of its holdings, storage conditions, and the archival publications, including those relating to the Czechoslovak crisis in 1968. The ambassador showed especial interest in the documents concerning the Slovaks' involvement in the Partisan movement in Belarus during World War Two. An agreement was reached about the preparation of the project dedicated to this problem.

03 November 2008
24 October 2008, the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus hosted a presentation of two scholarly editions published within the frames of the international conference "The Prague Spring and the International Crisis 1968" organized by the Austrian Boltzmann Institute for Research on War Consequences, the Russian State Archives of Contemporary History, the History Institute at the Russian Academy of Sciences, the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, and other scholarly institutions.

A two-volume book, "The Prague Spring and the International Crisis 1968" and a directory, "Records in the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus relating to the 1968 crisis in Czechoslovakia" were presented to the audience memembers.

The two-volume book is in 2,900 pages. The first volume includes 70 articles written by scholars from different countries. Among these are the articles by V.D. Selemenev, director at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus and A.V. Sharkov, department chief at the Ministry of Internal Affairs Academy of the Republic of Belarus. The second volume presents documents selected from various archives in 37 countries, with 5 documents from the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus.

The directory, "Records in the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus relating to the 1968 crisis in Czechoslovakia" offers data on 99 documents relating to the topic. Many of these are published in full. The supplement includes information materials issued by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, which are held at the Russian State Archives of Contemporary History.

Among the participants at the presentation were Peter Ruggentaler from the Austrian Boltzmann Institute for Research on War Consequences, Viktor Ishchenko, deputy director at the History Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Belarusian archivists, and media representatives.
22 October 2008
On 16–17 October 2008 Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus, V. Adamushko, participated in the celebration events marking 200 years since the foundation of the State Archives of Poland, which took place in Warsaw and in Pultusk.

The events included a documentary exhibition called "The Republic (Rzeczpospolita) of Many Peoples", a grand meeting to mark 200 years of the Polish archives, and an international conference on the history of the Polish archives.

The celebration brought together representatives of central archival agencies from 19 countries in Europe. Belarus had bilateral meetings with representatives of Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine and Russia to discuss issues of cooperation in archive business, in particular joint projects aimed at provision of access and use of archival documents.


17 September 2008
18 September 2008 the Belarusian Research Centre for Electronic Records (BelNITsED) marks ten years since its foundation. During the past years the Centre played a leading role in the developing of normative and procedural documents for electronic recordkeeping and executed major works in the automation of archives in the Republic of Belarus. One of the significant products created by BelNITsED is the Archives of Belarus Website, which has been developed and maintained since 1999.

The centre scholars can be proud of many information systems created independently or jointly with other institutions. These include the electronic Atlas Directory "Gubernia" for the Belarusian provinces of the former Russian Empire, the automated information system of the State Heraldry Register, the Rehabilitated Persons Database, and more. These information products have already been introduced into practices of the Belarusian archives and receive a good response.

The Centre is an active participant in an international project under the UNESCO auspices aimed at the electronic reconstruction of the archives and library from the Niasvizh estate of the Radziwill magnates, whose collections had been created from the late 16th to the early 20th centuries, and are now dispersed in many archives and libraries of Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and other countries. In the year 2007 the Centre guided the preparation of the Dossier of the Niasvizh Radziwill Archives and Library Collection, needed for its nomination to the UNESCO Memory of the World Registry. The Centre is also the author of the CD-ROM Information System "Niasvizh, a Cultural Centre of Europe and a National Monument" created in 2005 at the request of the National Commission of the Republic of Belarus for UNESCO.

05 September 2008
An international scholarly conference "The Prague Spring. The International Crisis 1968" was held in Austria on August 20-22, 2008.

The conference has finalized the project that have been implemented for two years by the Austrian Boltzmann Institute for Research on War Consequences, the Russian State Archives of Contemporary History, and the History Institute at the Russian Academy of Sciences, with the participation of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus.

The conference brought together scholars and archivists from 20 countries, including Austria, Germany, Russia, Belarus, USA, Czechia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Lithuania and Estonia.

The seven sessions discussed the issues of the reform process in the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic; the positions of the USSR, the USA, Austria, Germany, China and other countries in the international crisis of 1968; the role of CIA, KGB and Ministry of Internal Affairs in the conflict; and the Prague Spring and the Soviet republics.

The conference also heard the reports delivered by V. Selemenev, Director at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus and A. Sharkov, professor and department head at the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.
25 August 2008
A book of documents, "Small ethnic groups in Gomel Region in the 1920s-1930s. Analytical materials and documents issued by the State Archives of Gomel Region" came out in 2008.

Published for the first time are122 original documents relating to the history and culture of small ethnic groups in the Gomel Region, i.e. Ukrainians, Germans, Latvians, Lithuanians, Czechs, Assyrians, and Gypsies.

The book illustrates the political and ethnoconfessional diversity of the Dniepr Region at this time, that is the Gomel Province and Eastern Polessie. In the 1920s-1930s, this area had the highest concentration of ethnic communities in the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic (BSSR). These are the main ethnic group (Belarusians) and non-Belarusian ethnic groups (national minorities, ethnic diasporas).

The research into the history and culture of small ethnic groups in the region contributes significantly to the correction of the historiographical distortion that resulted from the predominance in research and published information on the history and culture of the main ethnic group (Belarusians) and the larger national minorities such as Russians, Jews and Poles on this territory.

Of especial importance are the documents that make possible to study the life of small ethnic communities in terms of the history of everday life.

In production now and the next to be published is a book of documents titled "Gomel Province. 1919 - 1926", a joint initiative by the archivists from Belarus, Gomel region, and from Russia. The intent of this book is to present documents issued by the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, the Russian State Archives of Socio-Political History, the State Archives of Gomel Region, and the State Archives of Social Organizations in the Gomel Region.
07 August 2008
Two books, "The National Historical Archives of Belarus, a Treasury of Documentary Heritage. 1938-2008" and the "Archivarius" Annual, 6th Issue came out to mark 70 years since the foundation of the National Historical Archives of Belarus.

"The National Historical Archives of Belarus, a Treasury of Documentary Heritage. 1938-2008" narrates the history of this archives, the major in Belarus repository of manuscripts created before 1917, dating from periods of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (Rzeczpospolita) and the Russian Empire. The book contains data on the original archives that laid the foundation for the National Historical Archives of Belarus and illuminates its present condition, achievements, and scope of activities. The book is accompanied with many illustrations, the archivists' biographies, and a list of publications and scholarly papers performed by the archive's personnel. The edition is intended for scholars and researchers into the archive science of Belarus and anyone with an interest in the history of this country.

The "Archivarius" (Registrar) Annual, 6th Issue discusses a wide range of issues on home history, archive science, source studies, archive publications, and other related historical disciplines. A number of new earlier unknown documents and facts have been put into scholarly practice. The edition is intended for historians, archivists, regional specialists and all interested in the past of Belarus.


12 June 2008
The events marking 90 Years of the Federal Archival Service of Russia took place in Moscow on 3-6 June 2008. These included the 9th General EURASICA Conference of the International Council on Archives (ICA), the session of the Consultative Council of heads of the state archival services of CIS countries, and a number of other events which brought together archivists from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine. Participants from Belarusian side were Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus, V.A. Adamushko, Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, V.D. Selemenev, and Director of the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies, A.E. Rybakov.
The EURASICA meeting discussed the report on executing the Action Plan for 2004-2008, adopted the Action Plan for 2009-2012, discussed the issues of the EURASICA regional department participation in the 16th International Congress of Archives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the publication of the EURASICA information bulletin, and more. In the focus was the discussion of the events to be conducted at the 16th International Congress of Archives by the EURASICA regional department of the ICA. Among these are the session titled "Archives in the period of democratic transformations", a round table on the topic of "Archives in the service of the society", presentation of reports "Reference and finding aids in the Internet", "The Russian best practices in the transfer of archival documents", etc.

The EURASICA regional department conducted the election of its governing body. A.S. Virabian, head of the State Archival Service of Armenia, has been elected Chairman of the EURASICA Executive Bureau; V.I. Adamushko, director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus, as Deputy Chairman.

The Consultative Council of heads of the state archival services of CIS countries examined the issues concerning the council's activities in humanitarian cooperation, the Inter-State Fund for Humanitarian Cooperation in Archives, the activities of the The All-Russian Archival Science and Records Management Research Institute (VNIIDAD) as a central organization for retraining and advanced training of professionals in archival science and records management in CIS countries, the types of records created by the presidents of CIS countries, the establishment of presidential archives, and more. V.I. Adamushko, director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus, provided a report on the activities of the State Archival Service of Belarus in 2007-2008.

On 4 June the Presidential Hall of the Russian Academy of Sciences hosted a celebration meeting dedicated to 90 Years of the the Federal Archival Service of Russia. Among the speakers at the meeting was the director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus, V.I. Adamushko.

The Belarusian side held negotiations with heads of the archival services of Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Mongolia, Russia, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine to discuss issues of bilateral cooperation.

10 June 2008
The presentation of book "Belarus in Resolutions and Instructions of the USSR State Committee for Defense. 1941-1945" took place at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus on 10 June 2008.
This directory is the next edition published jointly by Belarusian and Russian archivists. This includes data on 345 declassified documents on Belarus issued by the extraordinary highest government body in the war time, now being preserved at the Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History. Among these are records concerning the formation of army units, combat operations, evacuation, and assignment of members of military councils, fronts and armies. Also included are materials on the guidance of Partisan movement and describing combat operations in the Vitebsk and Orsha directions in the years 1943 and 1944. The resolutions issued by the State Committee for Defense in 1944-1945 dealt with the restoration of economics, mobilization of military servicemen and civilians to various works, the supply, distribution and transportation of fuels, the repatriation of deported groups of population, the driving and distribution of captured cattle, the removal of equipment and property from Germany into Belarus, and more.

The contents of most resolutions have been declassified, with the most important published in full, the others presented as fragments or interpreted.

Participants at the presentation are Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus, V.I. Adamushko, Deputy Director of the Russian State Archives of Socio-Political History, V.N. Shepelev, Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, V.D. Selemenev, and Director of History Institute at the Belarus Academy of Sciences, A.A. Kovalenia.

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