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State Archives of Donetsk Oblast

Address: 26 Lomonosova av.
Konstantinovka, 85102
Tel: +38 (06272) 2-52-05, 2-10-61
E-mail: archive_dn@arch.gov.ua
Web: dn.archives.gov.ua



Director: Shysholik Iryina

Deputy Director: Pirozhkova Natalia




State Archives of Donetsk Oblast

Pursuant to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated November 7, 2014 №595 "Some questions of financing of budgetary institutions, the implementation of social benefits and financial support to enterprises and organizations of Donetsk and Lugansk regions", orders the Head of Regional State Administration of October 20, 2014 №644 "on amendments to the order of the head of the July 29, 2014 №590» State Archives moved to the city. Kostiantynivka.

State Archives has suspended work on the use of archival documents on 08.12.2014, due to the fact that the documents were left in the city. Donetsk, in the territory temporarily beyond the control of state authorities of Ukraine.

Historical Background

The Donetsk Province Archives Division of the Donetsk Province Executive Committee presidium was established according to the Decree of the People's Commissariat Council of Ukraine of January 3, 1922. A Province Historical Archives were decided to be created in 1924.

The Donetsk Province as well as the archival institutions of the province was liquidated, and functions of the archives were passed to the Artemovsk, Stalin and Mariupol Comprovincial Archival Divisions in 1925.

A Regional Industry Historical Archives of Donbas was established in July 1929. In September 1930 Artemovsk, Stalin and Mariupol Comprovintial Archival Divisions were liquidated and instead of them the Local Archives Divisions were created on October 1, 1930. The Stalin Local Archives Division and the Regional Industry Historical Archives of Donbas were reorganised into the Stalin State Historical Archives in March 1932. Atemivsk and Mariupol Local Archives Divisions were reorganized into the State Historical Archives.

The Donetsk Oblast (Region) was established in June 1932. The Historical Archives of Donetsk Region were created on the base of the Stalin State Historical Archives on September 29, 1932. The Donetsk Region was divided into Stalin and Luhansk Regions on Junes 3, 1938. The Historical Archives of Donetsk Region were renamed into Historical Archives of Stalin Region.

Archival institutions came under the People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs in November 1938. The Historical Archives of Stalin Region were renamed into the Archives of Stalin region in the City of Stalino, Artemivsk State Historical Archives — into the Archives of Stalin region in the City of Artemovsk, and the Mariupol State Historical Archives — into the Archives of Stalin Region in the City of Mariupol according to the Decree of the Main Archival Administration under the People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs of the USSR of November 25 1938.

Part of the archival funds was evacuated during WWII. Funds returned after evacuation from the Artemivsk and Mariupol Region Archives were transferred on preservation to the Archives of Stalin Region in the City of Stalino. The Artemivsk and Mariupol Archives were liquidated.

The Archives were renamed into the State Archives of Stalin Region in 1958. The Region archival institutions came under the Province Council of Workers" Deputies Executive Committee in June 1960.

The city of Stalino was renamed into Donetsk in November 1961. Thereby the State Archives of Stalin Region became the Donetsk Region State Archives in 1980 and have the same name in our days.

Total Volume of Funds

Description of Archives Holdings

The Archives preserve documents of the end of 18 — beginning of XX centuries, which represent political, social and economic situation of the modern territory of the Donetsk Region: Bakhmutskiy and Mariupol districts of Katerinoslavsk province, Slavonic district of the Kharkov province, south-eastern part of the Taganrog (Miuskiy) district of Don`s Army Region. The earliest archival documents are preserved in the funds of Nobiliary custody (1784), Slavonic gorodnichiy (sheriff), leader of the Slavonic district nobility, the 3rd charity region of Bakhmutskiy district churches.

There an information on national composition and population migration, activity of country courts, industry and agriculture development, level of education and health protection in the funds of city ant country self-government (1868-1919).

The Novorosiyskiy society of coal, steel and rail production fund, and also funds of other joint-stock enterprises coal mines (1898-1919) contain data on devel-opment of coal, metallurgical, chemical, salt industry, penetration f foreign capital to Russia. Building of Mariupol port is represented in the fund of the Department of Mariupol port works (1905-1919).

An educational process issues and folk education level at the end of 19 — beginning of 20 century are represented in the funds of Educational institutions. The state of orthodox churches, church schools and other issues of religious cults establishments` activity is characterised by documents of the 3rd charity region of Bakhmutskiy district churches fund.

So-called Revizki fairy-tales of Mariupol citizens and Mariupol district settlements are preserved in the fund of Mariupol district treasury (1811-1858). There also metrical churches books, confessions' information, chronicle of Bogoroditska church (1897-1926) of Dmytrivka village of the Taganrog district of Don's Army Region preserved there.

The period of preparation and conducting of October revolution is represented in the funds of Executive Committees of councils of workers', peasants' and soldiers' deputies, military and revolutionary committees.

Organisation and activity issues of workers' and peasants' militia and criminal search on the territory of the Donetsk Province are represented in the funds of province, country, district militia offices.

Executive Committees' documents of local councils show the process of social, economic and cultural development of the Region. Organisation of the land usage, creation of communes and agricultural artels, collectivisation of agriculture, work of machine and tractor stations and technical repair stations, State farms and collective farms, their technical equipment, liquidation of the Аkulaks is represented in the funds of councils, committees of poor peasants, establishments of agriculture.

There are documents on political prisoners rehabilitation, Ukrainization, making bread provisions, party Аcleanings , reconstruction and building of enterprises in the funds of party and komsomol organisations.

The period of Nazis occupation of the Donetsk Region is presented by the documents of district and rural courts, agricultural societies and labour exchanges.

The documents of institutions of culture, folk education, science, health protection, physical culture and sport can tell us about the cultural and educational work, guard of monuments of history and culture, illiteracy liquidation, fight against homelessness. Activity of religious Region institutions is represented in the funds of the Authorised by the Council of religious affairs.

Events of striking movement in Donbas in 90th of the 20 century are preserved in the fund of the Donetsk city miner' striking committee.

Public and Political movement in Donetsk Oblast in 90th of the 20 century is represented in the documents of political parties, public organisations and movements of the Donetsk Region (1989-2001).

There preserved 34 personal funds, 19 collections of documents on the Donetsk Region history in the Archives.

There are more than 14 thousand volumes of historical, regional and reference literature, 8202 copies of magazines, 4531 filings of newspapers in the library of Archives. "Statute-books of the Russian Empire" (1842-1916), complete collection of legitimating of ruling Senate from the second half of 17 century are preserved in the library fund.

There also preserved cine- and video documents about building of new factories and mines, activity of writers, scientists, artists, great occasions in the oblasts' life; sound recordings of artists and pieces of music; photographs of houses, architectural monuments of oblasts' pre-revolution and modern period towns, portraits of notables.

Video documents are represented as copies of films Uzivka, Stalino and television recordings (1991-2007).

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