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27 March 2012
On 30 March 2012, the Museum of the Gomel Palace and Park Ensemble State Historical and Cultural Institution at the Palace of the Rumyntsevs and the Paskevichs opens an exhibition called Gomel Under Construction dated for the presentation of the book, Dear Gomel: The Chronicle of the City’s Construction.

The exposition offers documents on the architecture and construction of Gomel city arranged in chronological order. Among the documentary exhibits available from the holdings of the State Archives of Gomel Region are the 1924 plan of Gomel, the 1925-1926 house designs and plans, locality plans, documents concerning the 1944 city planning, the personal file of the architect S.D. Shabunevsky etc.
26 March 2012
On 22 March 2012, the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus held a board meeting to discuss the issues of work organization at the expert services of institutions - sources of records acquisition for state archives, about the Department’s Thematic Plan of Research and Development for 2012 and the Final Report of R&D in 2011, about the Archives of Belarus 2006-2010 Programme.

On the first issue the department board noted that as on 01.01.2011, 7577 expert services were created in 8453 organizations - sources of records acquisition for state archives, which makes 89,6% of all registered organizations. Yet only 321 expert commissions (3,8% of the total number of the created commissions) include staff members of the state archive institutions. Presently 84,4% organizations, which have created the expert commissions, have the duly approved regulations on expert commissions.

Most expert services place the main focus on organization of records selection for permanent preservation or destruction, the discussion and approval of inventories of files with permanent or temporary (over 10 years) retention, including personnel records, file classifications, reports on destruction of records not required for preservation, instructions on record-keeping, regulations on organization’s expert commission and archive.

The department board has approved the Thematic Plan of R&D in 2012 and the Final Report on R&D in 2011.
22 March 2012
To mark the 95th anniversary of Minsk City Council of Deputies, the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus has prepared an exhibition entitled Minsk City Council. Historical Landmarks. The archive records cover nearly a century ’s activity of this important organ of democracy, beginning from March 1917 when the Minsk council was founded as a socio-political organization and a representative body of workers and soldiers to the present time, when the Minsk city council is a public authority of local self-government in the Belarusian capital Minsk.

The exhibition tells about the activity of the Council in different historical periods, the forms and conditions of work of the deputies, the changes in the life and appearance of Minsk.

The unique handwritten minutes of the first meetings of the Council and the newspaper publications give an insight into the complicated way of the formation of Minsk Council in the years 1917-1920. In addition to archival documents there are photographs of organizers, leaders and active members of the Council, whose names are well known to Minskers as they have been perpetuated in the names of Minsk streets. Most of them tragically perished in the year 1937.

Of great interest are the documents in which the deputies report of their activity in the 1920s. In order to be accessible to the then population with a low level of literacy, these reports were made in the form of coloured diagrams and drawings. Of no less interest are the personal records of the council members: questionnaires, identity cards, membership cards, reports of explanation etc.

The illustrations and photographs of the city streets and buildings and an old map of the city show the changes in the appearance of Minsk from the provincial town in the beginning of the 20th century, destruction in the Second World War to the modern megapolis – the capital of independent Belarus in our days.

The focal point of the exhibition are the documents illustrating the activity of the elected representatives of the people, whose aim in all times was and always remains the same – to improve the well-being of citizens on the basis of national interests.

The Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings and the State Archives of Minsk Region actively participated in the preparation of the exhibition.
19 March 2012
In March 2012, the Minsk City Council of Deputies celebrated its 95th anniversary. To mark this date, the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus, the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings, the State Archives of Minsk Region and the Minsk City Council released a book of documents entitled The Minsk City Council of Deputies 1917-2012 (the publishing house Belorussky Dom Pechati). The compilers are V.I. Adamushko, Ya.N. Blazhei, E.M. Grinevich et al.

The book offers 396 documents, including 99 from the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, 144 from the State Archives of Minsk Region, and 55 from the Archives of the Minsk City Executive Committee. An interesting information was taken from the newspapers — "Molot", "Zvyazda", "Sovetskaya Belorussiya" etc. Most documents have been published for the first time.

The published resolutions, decisions, minutes, reports, returns, certificates, internal documents etc narrate about the election campaigns, the number and composition of deputies, the organization of the Minsk City Council etc. The book shows how in the course of the revolutionary events the Minsk Council turned from a socio-political organization into the state authority.

Many documents illuminate the activity of the city council in the socio-economic and cultural development of Minsk and its role in the transformation of the provincial town into the capital. The book is illustrated with photographs and facsimile copies of records available from the state, agency and personal archives.

The book also includes short biographies of chairmen at the Minsk City Council and its executive committee, a name index, and a list of abbreviations.
11 March 2012
On 2 March 2011, an exhibition of books and documents was opened at the Belarusian State Archives-Museum of Literature and Art to mark the 120th anniversary of the birth of the renowned scholar, public figure, politician, member of the Belarusian Academy of Sciences Branislau Adamavich Tarashkevich.

An exhibition entitled "AWriter, Scholar, Fighter" demonstrates books and periodical publications containing Tarashkevich’s translations and articles and the critical-biographical essays about him. These include three editions of his famous "Belarusian Grammar for Schools" (1919, 1921, 1929), a book of documents "Interpellations by Belarusian Ambassadors to the Polish Diet 1922–1926" (1927) with preface by Tarashkevich, "Selected works. Criticism, publicism, translations" (1991), monographs about the scholar by A.S. Lis and A.R. Bergman etc.

The exhibition includes personal records of Tarashkevich about his study at the high school in Vilnius and at the University of Petrograd, the autographs of his article "Litva and Belarus" (in Polish), a letter from Tarashkevich to Zoska Veras, letters from the academician A.A. Shakhmatau, Yanka Kupala, Ryhor Shyrma, photographs etc. A variety of documents describe the political and public activity of Tarashkevich: statutes (of the Belarusian Ambassadors Club etc), draft party programs (of the Hramada Belarusian Socialist Party etc.) prepared by Tarashkevich, mandates etc.
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