Ukrainian archives brief
At first, these are an abbreviated listing of the seven national-level state archives under the State Committee on Archives of Ukraine. Secondly, it covers oblast- and municipal-level archives in Kyiv and Lviv. Third, it lists state oblast archives in other oblasts (which now include the holdings of the earlier oblast-level Communist Party archives) together with a bibliography of their published guides, most of which are now available in microfiche editions. Finally it lists manuscript repositories in the two major libraries and one institute under the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
Since independence, many of the vast holdings in Ukrainian archives have been declassified and opened for public research. The extensive archives of the Communist Party of Ukraine under Soviet rule have been incorporated into the state archival system, and most of their holdings are now also open for research. Even many formerly top-secret files held by the security services in Ukraine have been made available to families of the repressed, and some categories of records have been opened to the research public. However, at the same time a severe economic crisis has produced shortages of staff, lack of technical facilities, storage space limitations, and deteriorating physical condition of many archival repositories.
Despite economic hardship, Ukrainian archives have nonetheless kept their doors open for public research and are ready to welcome scholars and other researchers from throughout the world. Now that Ukraine has been independent for twelve years, and now that Ukrainian historical research and publishing facilities have been freed from centuries of ideological straightjackets, it is possible to conduct open research on Ukrainian history and culture.
The network of state archives under Derzhkomarkhiv Ukraiiny includes 696 insitutions. These are 9 central state archival institutions of Ukraine (the Central State Archives of Supreme Bodies of Power and Government of Ukraine; the Central State Archives of Public Organizations of Ukraine; the Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Kyiv; the Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Lviv; the Central State CinePhotoPhono Archives of Ukraine named after H. Pshenychnyi; the Central State Scientific and Technical Archives of Ukraine; the Central State Archives and Museum of Literature and Arts of Ukraine; the Central State Archives of Foreign Archival Ucrainica; the Central State Electronic Archives of Ukraine; the State Scientific Archival Library in Kyiv; the Ukrainian Scientific and Research Institute of Archival Affairs and Record Keeping (founded in 1994); the State Center for NAF Documents Preservation; the State Archives in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea; 24 state oblast archives; the state archives of Kyiv and Sebastopol; 488 archival divisions of regional state administrations; 168 archival divisions of city councils. The archival system of Ukraine employs about 3700 persons.
Derzhkomarkhiv Ukraiiny manages the activities of archival institutions of other ministries and departments having the right to hold documents, that is branch archives of the Security Service of Ukraine, Ministry of Defense, Ministry for Internal Affairs etc.; the archival institutions of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, museums and libraries which keep manuscript collections and documentary fonds.
The state archives of Ukraine preserve more than 56,5 million items of various NAF documents: managerial, personal, scientific, technical etc. on paper basis; cinema-, photo-, phono-, video documents and the others. The state archives also supervise 42286 archival departments of the central and local governments, various institutions, public organisations selecting the most valuable documents for permanent keeping.
The National Archival Fond of Ukraine has an immense cultural and information capacity; it is one of the most significant components of public information resources, the concentrated Memory of the state and the nation within eight centuries of written history (the most ancient documents in the state archives of Ukraine are dated by the XII-XIII centuries); it is about 1000 km of archival shelves!
The archives of Ukraine receive more than 631 thousand applications from both Ukrainians and foreigners per year.
info source: Derzhkomarkhiv of Ukraine, "Archives in Ukraine" by Patricia Kennedy Grimsted
Ukrainian archives list
Central State Archives
Central State Archives of Supreme Bodies of Power and Government of Ukraine
Central State Archives of Public Organizations of Ukraine
Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Kyiv
Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Lviv
Central State CinePhotoPhono Archives of Ukraine named after H. Pshenychnyi
Central State Scientific and Technical Archives of Ukraine
Central State Archives Museum of Literature and Art of Ukraine
Central State Archives of Foreign Archival Ucrainica
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Central State Electronic Archives of Ukraine
State Archives Research Library of Kiev
Regional State Archives
State Archives in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea
State Archives of Cherkasy Oblast
State Archives of Chernihiv Oblast
State Archives of Chernivtsi Oblast
State Archives of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast
State Archives of Donetsk Oblast
State Archives of Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast
State Archives of Kharkiv Oblast
State Archives of Kherson Oblast
State Archives of Khmelnytskyi Oblast
State Archives of Kirovohrad Oblast
State Archives of Kiev Oblast
State Archives in the City of Kyiv
State Archive of Lviv Oblast
State Archives of Luhansk Oblast
State Archives of Mykolayiv Oblast
State Archives of Odesa Oblast
State Archives of Poltava Oblast
State Archives of Rivne Oblast
State Archives in the City of Sevastopol
State Archives of Sumy Oblast
State Archives of Ternopil Oblast
State Archives of Transcarpathian Oblast
State Archives of Vinnytsia Oblast
State Archives of Volyn Oblast
State Archives of Zaporizhzhya Oblast
State Archives of Zhytomyr Oblast
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