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29 January 2018
On 25 January 2018 the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus held an extended board meeting to review the results of state archival institutions in Belarus in 2017 and to set up the objectives for 2018.

Attending the meeting were First Deputy Minister for Justice S. Zadiran, heads and deputy heads of the main justice boards at the regional executive committees and the Minsk City Executive Committee, heads of the structural divisions for archives and records management, directors of the state archival institutions, members of the Department for Archives and Records Management. In all, 67 people attended the meeting.

Mr. V. Kurash, Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management delivered a report. Directors of the state archival institutions and regional representatives participated in the debates.

In 2017 the state archives participated in the implementation of the “Archives of Belarus” Sub-Program as part of the “Culture of Belarus” State Program for 2016-2020. Much attention was paid to strengthening the material and technical basis of state archival institutions, introducing modern information technologies, improving the level of customer services provided to persons and institutions, social protection of citizens etc.

As on 1 January 2018 the state archives hold 48 151 fonds of 12 829 050 paper storage units; 42 930 film records; 262 958 photographic records; 20 579 sound records; 5 750 video records; 13 electronic fonds of 700 electronic records; 771 museum items. Particularly important and valuable records make up about 2,5 percent of the total.

The database of the Republic of Belarus National Archival Fonds Catalogue presently includes information on 59 576 archival fonds.

As part of the State Program for Digital Economy and Information Society in 2016-2020, work has started to modernize the Information System to receive from government institutions electronic records of the National Archival Holdings for permanent preservation at the archives.

In accordance with the Presidential Edict of 4 April 2013 No. 157, electronic recordkeeping systems were introduced into operation in the republic-level archival institutions in 2017 and their interaction provided with the State Archives Inter-Agency Recordkeeping System.

In 2017 the state archives organized 97 exhibitions (including online) and released 14 publications: 12 books of documents, one directory and one jubilee edition.

The state archives have executed 21 249 social and legal inquiries, 20 316 biographical inquiries and 289 genealogical inquiries.

An extended board meeting at the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry

An extended board meeting at the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry

An extended board meeting at the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry

18 January 2018
On 14 January 2018 the State Archives of Minsk Region participated in the ceremonial event dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the foundation of Minsk Oblast. The event included the exhibition of documents highlighting the most interesting moments in the 80 years history of Minsk Region.

The exhibition has been prepared by the State Archives of Minsk Region staff with the support of the Minsk Region Executive Committee. The exposition contains various documentary and photographic materials reflecting to the creation of Minsk Oblast, the period of the Great Patriotic War, the region’s reconstruction after the war, social and cultural life in the region in the modern time, etc.

Among the participants at the exhibition were Governor of Minsk Region, Anatoly Isachenko and a delegation of Ambassadors to Belarus.

08 January 2018
The Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies (BelNIIDAD) has released a directory, Government Authorities in Soviet Belarus 1917–1920.

The book contains systematic data on the supreme and central organs of state power and government in Western Belarus (October 1917–December 1918), the Socialist Soviet Republic of Belarus (January–February 1919, July-December 1920), the Socialist Soviet Republic of Lithuania and Belarus (February-August 1919), and also some provincial authorities in the period from the 1917 October Revolution until the Civil War and Foreign Intervention ended in the area of Belarus (December 1920).

The book is intended for government employees, archivists, researchers, students and all interested in the history of government in Belarus.

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