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30 January 2008
An enlarged meeting of the Department of Archives and Records Management of the Ministry of Justice of Belarus was held on January 24, 2008 to sum up the results of the State Archival Service of Belarus in the past year and to set objectives for 2008.

The meeting was attended by 70 people, among whom were Deputy Minister for Justice of the Republic of Belarus, A. V. Bileichik, heads and deputy heads of the main administrations of justice in regional executive committees and Minsk City Executive Committee, department heads for archives and records management in regional executive committees and Minsk City Executive Committee, directors of state archival institutions, and staff of the Department for Archives and Records Management.

V. I. Adamushko, Director of the Department of Archives and Records Management, spoke at the meeting with the main report. Eleven participants took part in discussions.

At present the State Archival Service of Belarus includes 11 republic-level archival institutions, 9 regional and 16 local state archives, and 124 municipal and district archives of personnel records, which preserve about 12.5 million paper files and about 283,000 audio-visual records. In 2007 the Belarusian state archives handled 27,400 social and legal enquiries; about 14,000 citizens directly visited and consulted the archives. Particular attention was paid to work with citizens based on a so-called "single window" principle of handling citizens' enquiries. In the past year the archivists published 12 collections of documents, directories, and scholarly-popular publications on the history of Belarus. 97 official heraldic symbols were entered into the State Heraldry Registry of the Republic of Belarus
30 January 2008
A collection of documents «Minsk Region in Documents and Materials – Issue 1 (January 1938 – June 1941)» was issued in January 2008 by the State Archives of Minsk Region in collaboration with the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus. This book, marking 70 years of Minsk Region, is the first collection of documents published by the State Archives of Minsk Region.

Documents posted in the book illuminate the economic, social, political and cultural life in the Minsk region in the first years of its existence as administrative territorial unit (1938 – 1941).

The book includes facsimile copies of documents, photographs, the map of Minsk Region of 1938, etc. In addition, the book contains comprehensive reference and finding aids.

The edition is intended for historian experts, graduate and postgraduate students, and all who are interested in the history of Minsk Region.
03 January 2008
On 21 December 2007, the documentary exhibition marking 500 years of the Charter of Prince Fedor Ivanovich Yaroslavich, one of the oldest records of Belarusian origin preserved in the Archives of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, was opened at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus (now located in the newly constructed building of the National Library of Belarus).

The exhibition was organized by the Department for Archives and RM of the Republic of Belarus and the Committee for Archives in Nizhny Novgorod Region (Russia) with the assistance of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, the National Historical Archives of Belarus, the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings, and the Central Archives of Nizhny Novgorod Region. The exposition was prepared under the Programme of Cooperation between the Republic of Belarus and Nizhny Novgorod Region, Russia for 2006 – 2010, and it was dated for 500 years of one of the oldest records of Belarusian origin preserved in the Archives of Nizhny Novgorod, «Charter of Prince Fedor Ivanovich Yaroslavich granting boyar Mikhail Dmitrievich, called Sherap, with land and peasants in his principalities of Pinsk, Slutsk and Kletsk…» (20 September 1507).

In addition, the exposition presents copies of other documents of Belarusian provenance preserved in the Central Archives of Nizhny Novgorod Region and the National Historical Archives of Belarus - charters of Prince Fedor Ivanovich Yaroslavich granting land holdings and peasants to various persons, royal edicts and letters, charters issued by clerics, Belarusian publications of religious character, the inventories and graphic descriptions of the towns of Kletsk, Slutsk and Pinsk. The documents presented at the exhibition span the years from the 16th to 19th centuries.
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