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16 February 2011
The Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings and the internet portal TUT.BY have launched a new joint project "The World Photo".

The project will publish the unique photographs taken by the reporters of different information agencies, newspapers and journals from different countries across five continents in the period from the early 20th century to the Second World War. The Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings holds more than seven hundred photographs.

11 February 2011
The State Archives of Mogilev Region takes actives measures to ensure a wide use of archival documents by the native citizens and foreigners alike.

The Archives holds a collection of records created by the Administration of the State Security Committee for the Mogilev Region (UKGB), concerning the Soviet citizens who repatriated in 1945-1946 from Germany, Austria, Poland and other countries in Western Europe, as well as the registers of filtration files and captured cards for Soviet PoWs from 1942.

In 1994-2003, the UKGB records were especially actively used by the archivists in their work. In this period they issued about 50,000 archival certificates to the citizens.

Presently these records are also in high demand.

In the framework of international cooperation between the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus and the Saxon Memorials Foundation (Germany), the State Archives of Mogilev Region and the Saxon Memorials Documentation Centre signed an agreement on the creation of the electronic data bank of Soviet PoWs.

On 8 February 2011, a working meeting was held between the heads of the Archives and a leading researcher at the Documentation Centre, Alexander Kharitonov, who handed to the Archives the necessary monetary funds, equipment and software.


07 February 2011
Olivia Furtwangler at the National Historical Archives of the Republic of Belarus3 February 2011, at the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus a meeting was held with Olivia Furtwangler, daughter of Princess Irene Antoinette Stanislaus Sviatopolk-Mirski. Participants at the meeting were director at the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus V. I. Adamushko, director at the National Historical Archives of the Republic of Belarus A. K. Golubovich, assistant director of the Museum N. M. Usova, first secretary of the Foreign Ministry N. S. Schasnovich, representatives of the Culture Ministry of the Republic of Belarus.
Olivia Furtwangler at the National Historical Archives of the Republic of Belarus

On 4 February 2011, Olivia Furtwangler visited the National Historical Archives of the Republic of Belarus to see the family records of the Sviatopolk-Mirskis and documents relating to the history of Mir Castle and the township of Lyubcha, Novogrudok district, Minsk province, which belonged to her ancestors.

01 February 2011
27 January 2011, the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus held an enlarged board meeting to sum up the results of the State Archival Service of Belarus in 2010 and to set the objectives for the year 2011.

Participants at the board meeting (in all, 70 people) included Deputy Minister for Justice of the Republic of Belarus A.N. Bodak, heads and assistant heads of justice departments at the regional executive committees and the Minsk City Executive Committee, archives and records management heads at these committees, directors of state archival institutions, members of the Department for Archives and Records of the Republic of Belarus.

The director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus V.I. Adamushko delivered a report. Seven people participated in the debates. In 2010, the Archives of Belarus State Programme for years 2011–2015 was developed and adopted in line with the order by Belarus President A.G. Lukashenko and the Government. At present the state archives hold 12,136,875 paper files; 37,147 film records; 256,751 photographic records; 14,708 sound records; 1,734 video records; 12 electronic fonds; 570 museum objects. 747,870 storage units are held in 124 district and municipal archives. In 2010 the state archives answered to over 29,000 enquiries from individual citizens and juridical persons; nearly 11,000 persons visited the archives for a personal consultation. A special focus was put on work with citizens’ enquiries based on a 'single window' principle of application. In the past year the archivists organized 78 exhibitions and published 23 books of documents, directories and popular scientific editions related to the history of Belarus. 51 official heraldic symbols were entered into the State Heraldry Register of the Republic of Belarus.



01 February 2011
Belarusian archivists are currently preparing for publication a book of documents and materials entitled Belarus and the War of 1812. The book includes documents from the National Historical Archives of Belarus in Minsk and the National Historical Archives of Belarus in Grodno. The use of a great number of new documents introduced for the first time in scholarly research makes possible to look closely at the important events of the Napoleonic War of 1812 that took place on Belarusian soil and its aftermath for Belarus.

The book offers documents created by the provincial and district authorities, local self-government, the economic, financial, legal, medical, military and other institutions that worked in the provinces of Vitebsk, Grodno, Minsk and Mogilev in the Russian Empire. The documents contain data on the political situation in Belarus on the eve of the war, preparation for military actions in imperial Russia, the use of human and material resources in Belarus, care about the persons who became victims of military operations, the fate of the French PoWs who remained in Belarus after the war, commemoration of the events of 1812 in Belarus.


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