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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.


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