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Zonal State Archives in Kobrin

Description of holdings

Amount of holdings: 453 fonds, 138 927 items

Chronological scope: from 1944 to the present

Geographical coverage:

  • abolished Divin, Ruzhany and Shershevo districts of the Brest Region
  • Bereza, Kobrin and Pruzhany districts of the Brest Region


The substantial part of the archives are the materials of the district and town deputies councils, village councils, statistical institutions, collective and state farms, courts, prosecutor's offices, labour organizations, and machine-&-tractor stations.

The activity of the district, town and village councils is represented by the protocols and decisions of the executive committee sessions and meetings and by the documents relating to the work of the permanent commissions, the executive committee commissions, and the district commissions for the election to the local councils. 

The fonds of the agricultural institutions retain records relating to the postwar restoration and development of agriculture, and the creation and work of the collective and state farms and agricultural firms.

The records of the statistical institutions reflect the development of economics, local industry branches, culture, housing stock, and the number of population.

The industrial development is reflected in the fonds of the major factories and plants. These are the Bellegprom textile factory and the Lona clothes factory in Kobrin, the energy-mechanical plant in Beloozersk, and the hydroelectric power station in Bereza. These include job plans, salary schedules, records on gross output and production cost, staff training and distribution, labour efficiency, certificates for manufacturing of serial products, reports on capital construction.

The records of the social and cultural institutions illustrate the work of clubs, libraries, hospitals, medical institutions, the construction of schools, and the creation of the network of educational institutions.

The fonds of the government agencies contain lists of the central, regional and district enterprises; lists of social organizations; information on political parties and the press; lists of heads of various institutions and enterprises; and more.

The records of the executive committees include data on property privatization, living space quotas, tenders, etc.

The fonds of the manufacturing enterprises include business-plans, statistical reports on cooperation with foreign countries.

Of the most valuable are the records on Nazi damage caused to Belarus in WWII; lists of citizens deported to Germany; records concerning the restoration of public economy in the postwar period, the liquidation of illiteracy, and the staffing of the district executive committees and departments and district schools.

The Archives holds the collection of personnel records of various institutions in the Bereza, Kobrin and Pruzhany districts:
–institutions of the public education system from 1944-1960 (children's homes);
–institutions of the purchasing, supply and sales system from 1944-1952.

In addition, the Archives holds collections of personal papers of the participants of the Russian Civil War (1918-21), the Second World War, politicians and public figures.

13 January 2020
BelNIIDAD holds a workshop, Records Preservation in an Institution: Selection of Records for Preservation and Destruction More >>
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21 January 2020
The website presents new online exhibition of documents “The Life and Work of People’s Writer of Belarus Vasil Bykau” More >>
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The Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry held an extended board meeting More >>
22 January 2020
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16 January 2020
A new Unified System of Administrative Documentation has been approved and released for use More >>
14 January 2020
Belarus Cinema and Photo Archive and internet-portal present the next issue of joint project “These are We” More >>
30 December 2019
BelNIIDAD released guidelines on selection of automated records management systems More >>