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01 June 2018
The round table on “Mycological Safety in Archives” was held on 28 May 2018.

The organizers were the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry (Department) and the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Science (BelNIIDAD).

The event was held in the press hall of the National Historical Archives of Belarus.

The objectives of the event are to increase effective measures taken by archives in creating normal conditions for storage; to train archive personnel in preventive work with moldy damages; to decrease the amount of documents requiring disinfection and cleansing.
The round table brought together over 40 people representing heads and specialists of the state archival institutions in the country.

The participants discussed issues relating to the moldy damage of natural and industrial materials, archival facilities and documents; the impact of mold fungi on human health, various methods and techniques against moldy damage and preventive work in this area.

The speakers at the event were Department’s Deputy Director O. Ledovskaya; BelNIIDAD’s leading research worker, Ph.D. in Biology I. Goncharova; head of disinfection, disinsection and binding at the Central Laboratory of Records Microfilming and Restoration A. Yaroslavtseva; Deputy Director of the State Archives of Minsk Region V. Starobinets, and more.

 Round table on “Mycological Safety in Archives”


Round table on “Mycological Safety in Archives”


Round table on “Mycological Safety in Archives”


Round table on “Mycological Safety in Archives”


22 May 2018
The Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies (BelNIIDAD) issued a new General Records Schedule for the National Archival Holdings of the Republic of Belarus.

The Schedule defines retention periods for records created by the government agencies and other institutions. This is used in preparing records classification schemes, file plans, in conducting records appraisal, filing, acquisition, file inventories, etc.

The Schedule is mandatory for use by all institutions and organizations in the Republic of Belarus and also by individual businessmen.

14 May 2018
The National Historical Archives of Belarus (NIAB) held a presentation of the 5th volume of the academic edition “The Armorial of Belarusian Nobility”. The speakers at the event were NIAB Director D. Yatsevich, NIAB Deputy Director D. Liseichikov, Division Head of Records Use, Information and Organizational Work at the Department for Archives and Records Management G. Zholnerkevich, Department Head of the Modern and Contemporary History of Belarus at the Belarusian State University V. Makarevich, Head of the Centre of Special Historical Sciences and Anthropology at the National Academy of Sciences V. Golubev etc.

The book appeared thanks to the cooperation between the National Historical Archives of Belarus and the Belarus Publishing House.

The event included an exhibition of most interesting archival documents that were used in preparing this volume.

10 May 2018
The National Technical Committee on Standardization TK BY 28 “Records Management” held a session in Minsk on 27 April 2018. The participants included the authorized representatives of member organizations of the Committee: Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry, the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus, the Operational and Analytical Centre under the RB President, the Belarusian Research Centre of Electronic Records, the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Science, the Belarusian State Archives of Technical and Scientific Documentation, the Belarusian State Institute of Standardization and Certification, etc.

The main issues on the agenda were the report of activities of the National Technical Committee on Standardization TK BY 28 “Records Management”, the renewal of the membership of the Committee, and the plan of standardization in records management.

The session also discussed the issues relating to the normative and technical appraisal of the draft of the Preliminary State Standard of the Republic of Belarus STB P ISO 30300-2011 “Information and Documentation. Systems of Records Management. Basic Regulations and Vocabulary”.

08 May 2018
The Belarusian State Archives-Museum of Literature and Art (BGAMLI) has opened an exhibition dedicated to the 135th anniversary of the birth of prominent Belarusian writer, honored figure in culture of Belarus, Yanka MAUR (1883-1971).

Yanka Maur (Ivan Mikhailovich Fyodorov) – one of the founders of Belarusian children’s literature, the classic writer in the genres of adventure, fantasy and science fiction.

The BGAMLI Archive accessioned papers relating to Yanka Maur on 3 July 1984 from his son – a known physicist, academician Fyodor Fyodorov. Today BGAMLI’s personal collection of Yanka Maur holds 165 storage items. These are manuscript copies of his unpublished novel Dzyauchyna-matsi, novellas Shlyakh z tsemry, Apovest buduchykh dzyon, Tysyacha dzyon, plays, stories, sketches, essays, notes, satirical articles, as well as correspondence, records of his service and literary activities, many photographs. Some of these documents are presented at the exhibition stands “His way”, “The light of adventures and fantasy”, “His talent – to children”, “From the grateful readers”, “With his literary colleagues”, “In the circle of his family”, “Yanka Maur and Yakub Kolas”, “Yanka Maur – Esperantist”, “Memory”.

At the opening of the exhibition the BGAMLI director Ganna Zapartyka told about the role of Yanka Maur in the Belarusian literature and about his personal archival collection. Especially interesting for the audience was a meeting with Yanka Maur’s grandchildren Marya Mitskevich and Andrey Fyodorov, who shared their vision of Yanka Maur’s creative heritage, recollected the most memorable episodes from the life of their grandfather and told about the new editions of his works.

Exhibition on the 135th anniversary of the birth of Belarusian writer Yanka MAUR


Exhibition on the 135th anniversary of the birth of Belarusian writer Yanka MAUR


Exhibition on the 135th anniversary of the birth of Belarusian writer Yanka MAUR


Exhibition on the 135th anniversary of the birth of Belarusian writer Yanka MAUR


Exhibition on the 135th anniversary of the birth of Belarusian writer Yanka MAUR

12 April 2018
A new guide to documents on the history of Belarus in the 13th and 14th centuries in foreign archives has been released.

The book entitled “The Latin-language documents on the history of Belarus in the 13th and 14th centuries in foreign archives” describes the main archival repositories containing the major part of Latin-language documentary sources for the medieval history of Lithuania and Belarus. The book includes an appendix with an annotated list of the most important historical documents on the subject.

The book is intended for archivists, historical editors, historians, students and everyone interested in the domestic history.

12 April 2018
The website of the Central State Scientific and Technical Archives of Ukraine (TsDANTD) has opened a virtual exhibition “Ukraine-related records in the Belarusian BGANTD Archive and Belarus-related records in the Ukrainian TsDANTD Archive”.

The Belarusian State Archives of Scientific and Technical Information (BGANTD) preserves retrospective information on the history of science, technology and culture. As on 1 January 2018 the Archives holds 303 fonds of 197 626 storage units for the period of 1748-2017 (131 293 scientific and technical files; 59 868 administrative files; 6 465 personal files, including 2 835 most valuable items). The major part of the archives relate to the history of science, architecture and culture of the Republic of Belarus, as well as foreign countries (Armenia, Hungary, Germany, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, Poland, Russia, Romania, France, Uzbekistan, Estonia). In all, BGANTD has records related to more than 25 countries. Records related to the history of Ukraine occupy the second place in the total volume of foreign documents.

The Central State Scientific and Technical Archives of Ukraine (TsDANTD) preserves documentation of the leading research, technical and design institutions. For almost 50 years the Archives has accumulated 252 archival fonds of about 600 000 storage items for the period of 1891-2016. The Archives holds records on the history of industry and architecture related to 26 countries, including Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Egypt, India, Iraq, Moldova, Russia, Hungary etc.

03 April 2018
On 30 March 2018 the Belarusian State Archives-Museum of Literature and Art (BGAMLI) opened an exhibition dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the declaration of the Belarusian National Republic.

The exposition features documents of the Belarusian national leaders involved in the creation of the Belarusian National Republic (BNR). The exhibits include the map of the Belarusian National Republic, the constituent charter of the BNR Council (Rada), poems by Yazep Varonko, graphics by Lyavon Dubeikauski (including his sketches of the BNR state awards), memoirs by Klaudzi Duzh-Dusheuski about Vatslau Lastouski, articles and stories by Yazep Varonko, autographs of Anton and Ivan Lutskevich, a post card with a poetic song by Paulina Myadzyolka, papers of Paluta Badunova and Zoska Veras. The exposition shows copies of rare editions of the first third of the 20th century, to which BNR founders and leaders contributed their works: newspapers “Nasha Dolya”, “Nasha Niva”, “Volnaya Belarus”, magazines “Varta”, Belaruski stsyag”,, “Kryvich”, “Sakha”, grammar textbooks by Ya. Lyosik, “A history of Belarusian book” by V. Lastouski, “The botanic dictionary” by Z. Veras etc.


Exhibition on the 100th anniversary of the Belarusian National Republic


Exhibition on the 100th anniversary of the Belarusian National Republic


Exhibition on the 100th anniversary of the Belarusian National Republic

27 March 2018
On 22-23 March 2018 the delegation of Belarusian archivists paid a visit to the Republic of Poland. The delegation was headed by Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus Viktor Kurash.

Belarusian archivists took part in the events dedicated to the inscription of the Union of Lublin (1569) on the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register. Participants in the celebrations in Warsaw and Lublin included members of the Polish government led by Prime Minister P. Glinski and the heads of archival services and institutions of Belarus, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Ukraine.

The event included the exchange of digital copies of documents between the National Historical Archives of Belarus (NIAB) and the Central Archives of Historical Records in Warsaw (AGAD). The NIAB Director D. Yatsevich handed to the Polish side digital copies of documents from the collection “Sobieski Archives at Olawa”. In his turn the AGAD Director H. Wejs handed to Belarusian archivists digital copies of documents from the collections “Doria-Dernalovich Archives”, “Fashcha Archives”, “Przezdziecki Archives”, “Prozorov and Elski Archives” and “Tyzenhaus Archives”.

The Belarusian delegation met with President of Lublin K. Zhuk and Director of the State Archives of Lublin P. Dymel to discuss the perspectives of the Belarusian-Polish cooperation in the archive business.







23 March 2018
The Central Municipal Gertsen Library (in Gomel) hosted a presentation of the academic book “The Old Believers in Gomel Region 1918-1991. Documents and Materials” published by the State Archives of Gomel Region.

The event coincided with the celebration of the Day of Orthodox Book and the Year of Small Homeland.

The presentation was opened by Director of Gomel Public Libraries System, Tatiana Vlasova, who congratulated Archbishop Stefan of Gomel and Zhlobin on his elevation to the rank of archbishop.

In his welcome speech Archbishop Stefan of Gomel and Zhlobin introduced the public to the history of the Old Believers in this country and shared his impressions on the book.

Among the participants at the book presentation were representatives of archival and cultural institutions, the Church-Historical Commission of Gomel Eparchy, faculty of the Skorina State University of Gomel, museum workers, scholarly public, etc.

Presentation of the book “The Old Believers in Gomel Region 1918-1991. Documents and Materials


Presentation of the book “The Old Believers in Gomel Region 1918-1991. Documents and Materials


Presentation of the book “The Old Believers in Gomel Region 1918-1991. Documents and Materials


Presentation of the book “The Old Believers in Gomel Region 1918-1991. Documents and Materials


Presentation of the book “The Old Believers in Gomel Region 1918-1991. Documents and Materials


Presentation of the book “The Old Believers in Gomel Region 1918-1991. Documents and Materials

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