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27 January 2014
On 22 January 2014 the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry held an enlarged board meeting to review the activities of the archives and records management authorities and the state archival institutions in the Republic of Belarus in 2013 and to set the objectives for 2014.

Attending the meeting were the Deputy Minister for Justice A. Bodak, heads and deputy heads of the main justice boards at the regional executive committees and the Minsk City Executive Committee, heads of the archives and records divisions, directors of state archives, members of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry. In all, 60 persons attended the meeting.

The Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management V. Adamushko delivered a report. Directors at the state archives and the regional representatives took part in the debates. In 2013 the state archives were active in completing the Archives of Belarus State Programme for 2011-2015. 4,6 billion roubles were used from the republic’s budget. In the regions the activities were financed from the local funds to the sum of 10,4 billion roubles.

As on 1 January 2014 the state archives have in their custody 49 603 fonds; 12 508 271 paper items; 39 661 film records; 262 575 photographic records; 17 271 sound records; 3 422 video records; 13 electronic fonds, 565 electronic items; 703 museum items. 26 state archives have registered 337 313 especially valuable files, which makes up 2,7% of the total amount.

An important activity at the state archives is the provision of information services to customers and the execution of legal and social inquiries. During the past year the state archives handled nearly 30 000 inquiries from citizens, executed about 300 genealogical requests and over 20 000 subject requests. Over 16 000 people visited and consulted the archives in person. 93 official heraldic symbols were entered into the State Heraldry Register of the Republic of Belarus.

In 2013 the state archives organized 81 exhibitions, published 11 books of documents, 2 guides, 1 monograph, 1 book of recollections and 2 annual periodicals.

11 January 2014
On 23 December 2013 the National Technical Committee on Standardization TK BY 28 Records Management held a meeting in Minsk.

Attending the meeting were authorized representatives from the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus, the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus, the Operational and Analytical Centre under the President of the Republic of Belarus, the Belarusian Research Centre for Electronic Records, the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies, OJSC Belarusian Automobile Works, CJSC Belarusian Potash Company, a foreign company OSG Records Management, and the National Centre for Electronic Services.

The main issue on the agenda was a draft of the new edition of the State Standard of the Republic of Belarus STB 1221 “Electronic Records. Rules of Execution, Use and Preservation”, prepared by the Belarusian Research Centre for Electronic Records (BelNITsED). The draft standard was presented by BelNITsED’s director V. Nosevich.

It was decided, following the received comments and proposals, to finalize the draft of the new edition of the State Standard the Republic of Belarus STB 1221 “Electronic Records. Rules of Execution, Use and Preservation” and to submit this to the State Committee for Standardization of the Republic of Belarus (Gosstandart) for approval.

The meeting participants approved the Report of the Technical Committee for 2013 and the Plan on Standardization in Records Management for 2014.

09 January 2014
The website of the Minsk Regional Executive Committee Justice Administration presents a virtual exhibition dedicated to the Day of Financial and Bank Workers in Belarus.

The exhibition features legislative records governing the activity of financial and bank institutions in the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic (BSSR), orders for money exchange at the time of money reforms, samples of quittance, letter of credit, schedule of expenditures, notice of money availability at a bank account, rules for giving credits to artisans, a report by Gostrudsberkassa on gold purchase etc. The exposition features a propaganda poster from 1923 calling the peasants to buy premium bonds in gold lottery loan.

The exhibition has been prepared by staff members at the State Archives of Minsk Region.

09 January 2014
Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies (BelNIIDAD) issued three new publications: Methodical Recommendations for creation and use of file plans in organizations, standard and agency-specific file plans, Methodical Recommendations for creation of file folders 2013, and Belarusian Archaeography Annual Issue 14.



The Methodical Recommendations cover the issues related to the creation and use of file classification plans in institutions, standard and agency-specific file plans. On the basis of examples, the guidance defines and explains requirements for file plans contents and organization, the procedure for their creation and confirmation.


The Methodical Recommendations discuss the issues of organizing file folders from the time of their creation in institution until their transfer to the archive. The Recommendations are supplied with a big number of examples and appendixes.

The Belarusian Archaeography Annual Issue 14 provides material on archival science, historical editing, source analysis, codex and text science, and the history of government institutions. The book contains documents on the medieval, new and contemporary history of Belarus, reviews of archival holdings, and other materials. This is designed for archivists, historians, local specialists and philologists.

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