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30 December 2009
On 23 December 2009, the State Archives of Vitebsk Region hosted a presentation of a new directory entitled "Vitebsk Province: The State, Religious and Social Institutions. 1802-1917", released by the National Historical Archives of Belarus and the State Archives of Vitebsk Region. This is the second volume in a series of Belarusian directories on the history of institutions in the Russian Empire; the first book entitled "Vitebsk Province: The State, Religious and Social Institutions. 1793-1917" was published in 2006.

The book consists of an introduction, four sections, and appendices with data on the governors of Vitebsk and colored illustrations.

The directory illustrates the history of institutions that operated in the Vitebsk province and its predecessors – the provinces of Pskov, Polotsk and Belarus, beginning from 1772. The institutions here described have not been previously represented in any other printed edition. The book represents not only the history of institutions, but also the history of the Vitebsk Region, which can be of great interest to regional specialists and anyone interested in the history of the Vitebsk region.

The head of the Main Administration of Justice at the Vitebsk Regional Executive Committee, A.I. Leskovets, noted that the book provides readers with unbiased information and clear facts and can be of importance to historians, legal experts and anyone preoccupied with the history of judicial institutions, public prosecutor’s offices and other institutions in the Vitebsk region.


14 December 2009
On 8 December 2009, the National Historical Archives of Belarus was presented with the Certificate for the Radziwills’ Archives and Nesvizh Library Collection inclusion on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. The ceremony took place in the reading room of rare prints and manuscripts at the Central Ya. Kolas Library of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

The UNESCO "Memory of the World" Programme was established in 1992. At present, the World Register includes 197 documentary heritage items of world significance and outstanding universal value.

The Radziwills’ Archives and Nesvizh Library Collection was nominated for the UNESCO Register on the initiative of Belarus jointly with Lithuania, Poland, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and Finland, the countries which preserve parts of one of the biggest personal archives and library collections in Eastern and Central Europe, which was formed during the 16th -20th centuries.


10 December 2009
The National Archives of the Republic of Belarus has released a book of documents and materials titled "Executioners Witness. The Extermination of the Jews in the Territory of Occupied Belarus in 1941-1944".

This book has been prepared by the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus, the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, the Museum of Jewish History and Culture, and the Holocaust Foundation in Belarus. Compilers: V.I. Adamushko, I.P. Gerasimova, V.D. Selemenev; editor S.E. Novikov. The book features 112 documents of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus illustrating Nazi crimes against Jewish people perpetrated in Belarus in 1941-1944. This consists of two sections and an appendix. The first section includes documents of German institutions and army formations; the second, testimonies of German prisoners of war. The appendix contains data on the places of mass execution and deportation of the Jews in Belarus. The edition is intended for historians, archivists, museum workers, and can be of interest to the general public.

03 December 2009
The tenth issue of the Belarusian Archaeography Yearbook has been released by the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies.

This annual edition contains information regarding the publication of historical documents, the science of archives, source studies, textual and code analysis, and the history of government institutions; publishes documents on the history of medieval, modern and contemporary Belarus, the surveys of archival collections, and other materials.
The edition is intended for historians, archivists, philologists, and specialists in local lore.


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