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29 June 2015
The Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies (BelNIIDAD) has released new publications:


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From the history of archives in Belarus (the 1860s — 1960s): documents and materials / comp. : S. V. Zhumar, Ì. F. Shumeiko. — Minsk : BelNIIDAD, 2015. — 438 p.

The book presents documents and materials on the history of archives and archival science in Belarus, beginning from the creation of the first historical archives — the Central Archives of Early Records in Vitebsk — until the system of archival bodies and institutions had been transferred to the government of the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic. The historical sources, most part of which have been published for the first time, cover approximately one hundred years of the events extremely important for the destiny of Belarusian archives and mark a complicated but dynamic transference from the departmental autonomy and the lack of system to the modern foundations of the archive business.

The book is intended for historians, archivists, students of the humanities, local specialists and everyone interested in the history and culture of Belarus.

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Zhlutka, À. À.
Paleography of Latin Acts
/ À. À. Zhlutka. — Minsk: BelNIIDAD, 2015. —202 p.

The book examines issues of the Latin documentary writing from Antiquity to Modern Times with focus on graphics of medieval written monuments, including those relating to the history of Belarus and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

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Methodical recommendations for describing sphragistic materials of 15th to 18th centuries in the archives of Belarus / comp. À. ². Shalanda. — Minsk : BelNIIDAD, 2015. — 48 p., illustrations.

ISBN 978-985-6733-96-6.

The book examines the main principles, methods and techniques of describing sphragistic materials of 15th to 18th centuries held in Belarusian archives. Describes the notion of stamp, its main elements, types of stamps in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, methods of their identification and fixation. The book draws on the domestic practices of sphragistic description as well as the newest achievements in the international sigillography.

The edition is intended for archivists, historical editors, museum researchers, historians, specialists in heraldry and sphragistics, collectors.


17 June 2015
On 10-12 June 2015 the delegation of the National Historical Archives of Belarus headed by Director D. Yatsevich paid a visit to the Museum of King John III’s Palace at Wilanow (Warsaw, Poland).

Attendees at the official meeting dedicated to the perspectives of cooperation between archival and museum institutions in Belarus and Poland were Director of the National Historical Archives of Belarus D. Yatsevich, Director of the Museum of King John III’s Palace at Wilanow P. Jaskanis, Deputy Director General of State Archives of Poland A. Bernat, Deputy Director of the Department of Cultural Heritage at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland D. Januszewska-Jakubiak, Director of the Centre of Belarusian Culture at the Belarusian Embassy to Poland E. Shvaika and more.

The meeting resulted in signing a long-term agreement between the Archives and the Museum on cooperation in the field of research of the documentary heritage of the Sobieski family, which is held at the National Historical Archives of Belarus in the Fond “The Sobieski Archives at Olawa”. Belarusian archivists presented their Polish colleagues with the latest archive publications and acquainted with the practices of the museum’s exhibition and publication activities.

The delegation also visited the Belarusian Embassy in Poland and met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Poland A. Averyanov.





08 June 2015
On 2-4 June 2015 a professional meeting was held in Grodno, Belarus, that included heads of archive services and state archival institutions of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation. The delegation of Belarusian archivists was headed by Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus V. Adamushko, the Russian delegation by the Chief of the Federal Archival Agency of the Culture Ministry of the Russian Federation A. Artizov. Attendees at the meeting were representatives of the archive service of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The meeting discussed issues of providing archival services to citizens and juridical persons at the state archives of Russia and Belarus.

The event included a joint board meeting of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus and the Federal Archival Agency of the Russian Federation. The board meeting discussed issues of “Practices of the Belarusian and Russian archive services in making lists of records creating organizations, sources of records acquisition for the state archives in the Republic of Belarus and the federal archives in the Russian Federation” and “The plan of joint actions of the Department for Archives and Records Management of Belarus and the Federal Archival Agency of Russia for 2014-2016”.

During the meeting the participants acquainted with the work of the National Historical Archives of Belarus in Grodno and the State Archives of Grodno Region.











04 June 2015
On 21-22 May 2015 in Kyiv, Ukraine the head of the archeography division at the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Science (BelNIIDAD) V.S. Pazdnyakou took part at the All-Ukrainian (with international participation) Scholarly Conference “Archives – Science – Society: Ways of Interaction” dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Ukrainian Research Institute of Archival Affairs and Records Keeping. He delivered a report on the topic “Achievements in the field of archival editing at the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Science”.

The conference included the exchange of practices in the field of archival science and historical editing, defined the ways of further cooperation.





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