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Central State Archives of Supreme Bodies of Power and Government of Ukraine
(TsDAVO of Ukraine)

Address: 24 Solomianska Str., 03110 Kyiv

Tel.: +380(44) 275-36-66
Fax: +380(44) 275-12-55
E-mail: tsdavo@archives.gov.ua
Web: tsdavo.gov.ua

Transport: trolleybus ¹ 3, 40 (stop "Andriy Holovka Str.")
Reading room hours of operation:
M - Th 9:00am – 6:00pm, F 9:00am – 5:00pm




Director: Makovska Nataliia

Deputy Director: Berkovska Oksana

Deputy Director: Obzhelian Alla

Deputy Director: Savluk Svitlana





Historical Background

The history of the archives dates back to 1921, the year in which the Central Archives of Revolution was founded, when documents concerning the history of the revolutionary movement and the documents of the central institutions of 1917 were gatherd. The Archives funds also included files of the Central Employment Archives, established in 1926, and the All-Ukrainian Central State Archives (1930). In spring, 1941 the decision was made to establish the Central State Archives of the October Revolution and Socialist Development of the Ukrainian SSR in Kyiv, the fulfillment of which was hindered by the War. In July, 1941, three central archives that were supposed to be united into the Central State Archives of the October Revolution and Socialist Development of the Ukrainian SSR were evacuated to Ural, to the town of Zlatoust, where they operated until November, 1943. In December, 1943 the Central State Archives of the October Revolution and Socialist Development of the Ukrainian SSR began operating in Kyiv with a branch in the city of Kharkiv. In September, 1945 the Central State Archives of October Revolution and Socialist Development of the Ukrainian SSR was transferred to Kharkiv.

In December, 1969, the Central State Archives of the October Revolution and Socialist Development of the Ukrainian SSR was transferred back to Kyiv. By the Order of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the Ukrainian SSR July 17, 1978, the Archives was awarded with Honorable Diploma of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the Ukrainian SSR.

In June 6, 1980, the Archives received a new name: the Central State Archives of the October Revolution, High State Authorities and Government Bodies of the Ukrainian SSR.

In July, 1992, the name of the Archives was changed to the Central State Archive of Supreme Bodies of Power and Government of Ukraine (TsDAVO of Ukraine).

Total Volume of Funds

Description of Archives Holdings

The funds of the Central State Archives of Supreme Bodies of Power and Government of Ukraine contain documents of various governmental structures that operated within Ukraine during the tumultuous XX century: the Ukrainian Central Council of the People’s Republic of Ukraine (March, 1917, - April, 1918); the Ukrainian State of Hetman Pavlo Skoropadskyi (April – November, 1918); the Directory of the People’s Republic of Ukraine (November, 1918, - February, 1919), the USRR-USSR (1917 – 1991). The Archives preserves unique documents from the period of the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917-1920, among which are the following: the Universal Decrees of Ukrainian Central Council, drafts of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of Ukraine (December, 1917), the Constitution of the Ukrainian State (1918), the Act of Union of the People’s Republic of West Ukraine (ZUNR) and the People’s Republic of Ukraine January 22, 1919, crucial legislative documents of the period of national fight for liberation of the Ukrainian nation between 1917 and 1920, documents of the People’s Republic of Western Ukraine, and of Carpathian Ukraine.

The Soviet period of the modern Ukrainian history is represented by documents of the supreme authorities and governmental bodies of the USRR-USSR (1917-1991), national-level institutions, companies and organizations, trade unions, public associations, religious denominations, which reflect the national, political, socio-economic and cultural life of Ukrainian society, as well as international relations of Ukraine.

Among other documents of the Soviet period of the Ukrainian history are those which capture the process of the preparation of the Constitutions of the URSR and the USSR, their amendments and additions. Through these archival documents, one can track the complex events of the transition from a Soviet republic to the independent state. Here are preserved the acts of Proclamation of State Independence of Ukraine, documents and materials pertinent to the preparation of the Main Law of Ukraine as well as the adoption of the Constitution of Ukraine during the fifth session of the Supreme Council on June 28, 1996.

The "Prague archives", a treasure trove of national spiritual values, are a unique set of documents containing the achievements of scientific and cultural work of the Ukrainian emigrants within the period between the two world wars. The largest part of these emigre materials was transferred from the Prague archives. This set of documents reflect the activities of state bodies of the People´s Republic of Ukraine and military organizations. They contain information regarding prisoners of war and internment camps, the activities of organizations assisting emigrants, and student organizations. They also describe publishing activities, the work of educational institutions, research institutes, archives, museums, libraries, and the activities of community organizations.

In March, 1996, the Central State Archives of Supreme Bodies of Power and Government of Ukraine was replenished with the documents of the government of the People’s Republic of Ukraine in exile within the period from 1946 till 1992, which were transferred from Canada. In July, 1999, the archives accepted the documents of the Mission of the People’s Republic of Ukraine in Switzerland, dated 1919 through 1924.

Also unique among the collections of Central State Archives of Supreme Bodies of Power and Government of Ukraine (TsDAVO of Ukraine) are documents of the World War II period, including the funds of organizations, institutions, enterprises and formations which were a part of the occupational regime or operated under the control of the occupation authorities. Among these are funds of the headquarters of the Imperial leader (reichsleiter) Rosenberg concerning the occupation of eastern and western oblasts, the Reich Commissariat of Ukraine, the General Commissariat of Ukrainian post-offices, and others. The Archives contains extensive documentation of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, and of the Ukrainian Rebellion Army. The collections of the Central State Archives of Supreme Bodies of Power and Government of Ukraine (TsDAVO of Ukraine) pertaining to the Second World War period preserve the testimonies of Soviet partisan and underground movements, the exiling of Ukrainians to perform forced labor in Germany, memorabilia, etc.

The achievements of many individuals are also maintained within the archival documents of the Central State Archives of Supreme Bodies of Power and Government of Ukraine, including those of M. Hrushevsky, V. Vynnychenko, P. Skoropadsky, S. Petliura, H. Petrovsky, M. Khrushchov, V. Shcherbytsky, D. Antonovych, D. Doroshenko, S. Rusova, O. Teliga, M. Butovych, I. Ohienko, Yu. Kosach, M. Sadovsky, P. Tychyna, O. Dovzhenko, O. Kornichuk, O. Bohomolets, M. Strezesko and may other "notables" of the modern era of Ukrainian history.

The Archives are annually replenished by new additions which documents the post-1991 activities of the Presidents of Ukraine L. Kravchuk and L. Kuchma, the Verkhovna Rada and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, and the ministries and the departments of the period.

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