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31 March 2015


The Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Science (BelNIIDAD) has issued a source guide to theMonuments of Law in Belarus 14th to 16th Centuries (State Charters, Acts of State Unions).

The book contains information on major legal monuments in Belarus from 14th to 16th centuries (state charters, acts of state unions), in particular data on the preservation of originals and copies of the acts, publications, translations and historical literature. The book provides texts and Belarusian translations for some charters and acts. This is illustrated with photos of acts and old books, drawings of old stamps.

The edition is designed for archivists, historical editors, legal scholars, historians and students.


27 March 2015
On 25 March 2015 the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus held a board meeting to discuss the state of recordkeeping of the most valuable records at the state archives, the Department’s Thematic Plan of Research and Development in 2015 and the Report on Research and Development in 2014.

The department board noted that procedures with the most valuable records at the state archives are regulated by a number of legal acts and procedural documents and are permanently scheduled, with priority given to their preservation, making of inventories and finding aids. The creation of digital copies for the most valuable records is noted to be of major importance for the formation of a full complex of reference copies.

The department board approved the Department’s Thematic Plan of Research and Development directed at the research and technical support of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus in 2015 and the Department’s Report on Research and Development in 2014.

25 March 2015
On 28 March 1955 the first Post Office was opened in Belarus (then the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic) on Stalin Avenue 10 (now Independence Avenue). To celebrate this date the State Archives of Minsk Region has created an online exhibition of documents tracing the history of the post service in the city of Minsk.

09 March 2015
Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus V. Adamushko took part at the extended board meeting of the Russian Federal Archival Agency (Rosarkhiv) on Results of Work of the Federal Archival Agency in 2014 and Objectives in 2015, which took place in Moscow on 4 March 2015.

On 4 March 2015 a meeting was held between the director of the Russian Federal Archival Agency A. Artizov and the director of the Belarusian Department for Archives and Records Management, Deputy Chairman of the Eurasian Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (EURASICA) V. Adamushko with the Secretary General of the International Council on Archives D. Leitch paying visit to Moscow. The meeting discussed the issues of international cooperation in the field of archives.

On 5 March 2015 V. Adamushko delivered a report on Increasing Access to Records at the State Archives of the Republic of Belarus at the international workshop on Modern Issues in Increasing Access to Archival Records. Attendees at the workshop were representatives from Germany, Spain, Finland, Russia and Belarus. The best practices of foreign archivists will promote the use of public records in the Belarusian society.

A presentation of the electronic resource on the Communist International (Comintern) Archives was held as part of the event.

During his visit to Moscow Mr Adamushko held talks with the head of the Russian Federal Archival Agency A. Artizov on further bilateral cooperation between Belarusian and Russian archivists.

05 March 2015
In view of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Victory by the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War and the 75th anniversary since the foundation of the State Archives of Public Organizations in Gomel Region the archive’s staff has prepared for publication a book of documents, Gomel Region in 1943 – 1953: Documents and Materials.

The book is prepared by the State Archives of Public Organizations in Gomel Region with the participation of the State Archives of Gomel Region and the Local State Archives in Mozyr. The collection includes 134 documents. The majority of the documents have been published for the first time.

The book is illustrated with photographs selected from the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings, the State Archives of Public Organizations in Gomel Region and the Gomel Palace and Park Complex State Historical and Cultural Institution as well as with the pages of the newspaper Gomelskaya Prauda of the period.

The selected documents give an insight into the political, economic, social and cultural processes that took place in the Gomel and Polesye regions in the first decade after the Liberation from the Nazi occupation. These will be of interest to the researchers and everyone interested in the Soviet period in the history of Gomel Region.

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