A part of the reports focused on the life and activities of prominent figures in the field of archives: “New sources and facts from the life and activity of archivists at the Nesvizh Archives of Princes Radziwill, “The head staff of the State Archives of Gomel Region in the 1920s-1930s”, “Honored Worker of Belarusian Culture, archivist A.N. Pleshevenya (1923-1993)”, “Documentary heritage of V.U. Skalaban, ”Documents from the personal archive of A.V. Vorobyov in the context of archival work in Belarus in the 2nd part of the 20th century”. Two reports discussed the archival collections in the studies of the architectural and historical heritage: records of the National Archival Holdings of the Republic of Belarus and records relating to amateur photographer V.A. Vasilenko. Other reports reviewed the papers with biographies of prominent figures: emigrant singer Piotr Konyukh, writer Vincent Dunin-Martinkevich etc.
Attendees at the press conference included Deputy Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry O.A. Ledovskaya, Director of the Belarusian State Archives-Museum of Literature and Art A.V. Zapartyko and Director of the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Science A.E. Rybakov.
In their reports and answers to journalists’ questions the conference participants highlighted a range of issues related to the work of the state archival institutions in the Republic of Belarus, issues of records preservation and public use, and the procedural aspects of archive work.
The event was organized for the young staff on the eve of the Archives Day and was dated for the Year of Youth, declared in Belarus by Presidential Decree No. 495 of 16 October 2014.
Recently the Archives’ young staff has notably increased. In the current year alone, five new young employees have joined the Archives.
Attendees at the three-day training course were 11 listeners. They got acquainted with the history of the Archives, the contents and composition of the archive records, the main normative and procedural documents on archives and records management, the work with records creating institutions, etc. The course included multimedia presentations and the demonstration of archival documents.
The oldest staff member of the Archives, L.G. Romanovich, who has already served the archive field for 49 years, told the young generation of her archivist’s fate, the specifics of the profession and the love for archive records.
During the tour about the Archives, the young archivists acquainted with the work of the structural departments, archival repositories, the laboratory for repair and restoration of documents, etc.
The Council’s session addressed the issues of improving the archival legislation.
Director of the National Historical Archives of Belarus D. Yatsevich delivered a report on the topic, The First World War in the documents of the National Historical Archives of Belarus.
The Forum of Slavic Cultures is an international organization that unites representatives of culture, education, archives and science from the Slavic-speaking countries. The Forum’s headquarters are in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Full members or observers at the Forum are representatives from 13 Slavic countries: Belarus, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Croatia, Montenegro and Czechia.
The conference program included the presentation of the book of documents “Belarus in the First World War”, which was prepared by the National Historical Archives of Belarus on the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
The book contains 134 documents: 82 from the State Archives of Public Organizations of Gomel Region, 27 from the State Archives of Gomel Region, and 25 from the Local State Archives in Mozyr.
Most of the documents have been published for the first time. During the selection process, the priority was given to the original exemplars and, if unavailable, to their authorized copies.
The book includes resolutions of the higher organs of power (the Council of People’s Commissars of the USSR and the BSSR), proceedings of the bureau sessions and resolutions of the CP(b)B regional, municipal and district committees, decisions of the local authorities (executive committees of the Soviets of Workers’ Deputies and their structural divisions), memoranda, reports and information of the Party and Soviet government bodies and other institutions, the statistic documentation. These documents reflect the policy of the Communist Party and the Government and do not claim to give a full and objective picture of historical reality.
The book is well illustrated. The photos include portraits of the leading figures of Gomel region in 1943-1953, pictures of the town of Gomel made in the period after the war, and episodes of the daily life of the town and the village and of the production and cultural activities. The book also includes photocopies of singular pages from the newspaper “Gomelskaya Pravda” and photos available from the Gomel Palace and Park Complex Historical-Cultural Institution.
The selected documents provide a comprehensive idea about the political, economic, social and cultural processes taking place in Gomel and Polesye regions in the first decade after the Nazi occupation. These will be of interest for specialists in the field, as well as for anyone interested in the Soviet history of Gomel Region.
The exhibition presents interesting documents relating to the history of the Young Communist League (Komsomol) and the life of Komsomol members in Minsk Region.
The Belarusian and Russian archivists were represented at the event by the Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus, Vladimir Adamushko and the Chief of the Federal Archival Agency of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Andrei Artizov. At the round table they delivered reports on “Records of the state archives in Belarus relating to the events of the First World War” and “The Russian archives and the preservation of the memory of the First World War”.
The Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies (BelNIIDAD) has released the Methodical Recommendations for Appraisal of Patent Records and their Selection for Permanent Preservation.
This procedural guidance provides principles and criteria to define scientific, historical and practical importance of patent records and to select them for preservation by the state. Examines issues concerning the
BelNIIDAD has released the General Filing Plan for District and Municipal Executive Committees.
This model filing classification plan aims to assist staff members of district and city executive committees in making individual classification plans. Provides a list of file titles according to the procedure of documenting