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26 January 2009
On 22 January 2009, the Department of Archives and Records Management of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus held an enlarged board meeting for summing up the activities of the State Archival Service of Belarus in 2008 and setting the objectives for the year 2009. The department board also examined the issue of fulfilling by government institutions the Instruction of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus No. 05/226-206 of 3 May 2007 on developing the agency records schedules.

Among the participants at the meeting (in all, over 70 people) were V.G. Golovanov, Minister for Justice of the Republic of Belarus, the department board members, heads of the administrative departments of justice and the archives departments at the regional executive committees and the Minsk City Executive Committee, directors of the central archival institutions and the regional and local archives.

V. I. Adamushko, Director of the Department of Archives and Records Management, made a report on the past year's results and the objectives for the current year. The second issue was addressed in the report by E. N. Davydova, head of the department of records management and the formation of the national archival holdings at this Department.

At present the State Archival Service of Belarus includes 11 republic-level archival institutions, 9 regional archives, 16 local archives, and 123 municipal and district archives of personnel records, which hold over 12.4 mln paper files, 35,778 film records, 244,802 photographic records, 12,974 sound records, and 1048 video records. In 2008 the state archives of Belarus handled 30,000 social and legal enquiries; over 14,000 citizens visited and consulted the archives in person. A special attention was paid to work with citizens based on a "single window" principle of handling citizens' enquiries. In the past year the Belarusian archivists organized 86 documentary exhibitions, published 13 collections of documents, directories and scholarly publications relating to the history of Belarus. 110 official heraldic symbols were entered into the State Heraldry Registry of the Republic of Belarus

05 January 2009
On 18 December 2008 the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus and the National Library of Belarus opened an exhibition of documents and books titled "The History of Belarus: the Formation of National Statehood" dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic.

1 December 1918 came into history as a day of the establishment of a new sovereign state, the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic (BSSR). The new state was born in harsh conditions of the recently finished world war, in the heat of the military intervention of foreign powers into the country, as the national movement became more and more stronger. In the whirl of these events at the turn of the 20th century the first real national Belarusian state appeared on the world map.

The National Archives of the Republic of Belarus offers to the public over a hundred original documents from the period of 1917-1919 that illustrate the sweeping and contradictory nature of the process of self-determination of Belarus. These are documents created by the Belarusian National Commissariat, statute charters of the Belarusian National Republic, delegate mandates for the Workers Communist Party (of Bolsheviks) Sixth North-West Conference, minutes of sessions of the Central Bureau of the Communist Party of Bolsheviks of Belarus. The Manifesto on Declaration of the BSSR is exhibited in the original copies with handwritten notes and in the first official publications. A large complex of documents illustrate the dramatic moments of establishing the Provisional Workers and Peasants Soviet Government of Belarus and the role of Joseph Stalin in this process. Minutes of government sessions and materials created by the national commissariats for land, for post and telegraph, and for health narrate about the first steps in the life of the Belarusian state. Documents on the historiography of the Belarusian statehood have been presented to the public for the first time.

The National Library of Belarus exhibits nearly 300 publications, including encyclopedias, research works, collections of documents and materials, monographs, textbooks.

The exhibition will be staged at the National Library of Belarus (Third Floor) until 20 January 2009.

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