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State Archives of Poltava Oblast

Address: 18/24 Pushkina Str., Poltava, Ukraine, 36011(building 1)
1A Zygina Str., Poltava, Ukraine, 36000 (building 2)
Tel./Fax: +380(5322) 7-23-31, 2-94-95, 7-34-39, 2-29-88

Transport: trolleybus № 1, 2, 4, 6 (to stop "Center") (building 1)
bus trolleybus № 1, 4 (stop "Sinna")
Reading room hours of operation:
M-F 8:00am – 5:00pmp>

Director: Gudim Valentyna

Deputy Director:

Deputy Director: Pustovit Taras


Historical Background

Central Historical Archive of Poltava Land (1918- 1922)

Province Historical Archive (1922- 1925)

Poltava Historical Archive (1925- 1926)

Poltava Land Historical Archive (1926- 1932)

Poltava State Historical Archive (1932- 1937)

Poltava Regional Historical Archive (1937- 1941)

State Archive of Poltava Region (1941- 1958; since 1980)

Poltava Regional State Archive (1958- 1980)

The history of development of archival work is closely connected with the activity of Poltava scientific archives committee, founded in 1903. Its activity was directed towards salvation, revival and transferring the documentary values to the next generations.

During the century hard working archivists have been laying the firm foundation of the modern archives system that grew into a huge and complicated process.

Nowadays the legislatively assigned system of regional archival institutions contains: State Archive of Poltava Region, 25 archival departments of Regional State Administration, 5 archival departments of the city council and more than 2000 subdivisions of enterprises, institutions and organizations. 30 labor archives, preserving 165 thousands cases, function to secure the protection of socio- legal interests of the citizens.

The State Archive is the biggest treasure- house for the documents in the history of Poltava. The total area of the archives storehouses are 19,417 square meters, the length of the rack shelves is 120822 meters.

According to the information dating January 1, 2007 the State Archive of Poltava Region contained 6865 funds, 1 292 847 cases, the oldest documents dating from 1693.

In accordance with the Resolution about The State Archive of Poltava Region affirmed by the disposal of the head of Poltava Regional State Administration № 438 dated November 20, 2007 the archives are the structural subdivision of the Poltava Regional State Administration, reported and controlled by the head of the regional state administration and the State Archives Committee of Ukraine.

At the state archives departments function as follows:

Our work is ingenuously influenced by the socio- political processes, impetuous development of scientific thought. The preservation of documents is becoming more secure, sources of constitution are changing, registration system is improving, archival sources are used wider and more diverse.

The archive workers give organizing- methodical help, hold coordination of activity of 241 archive subdivisions of the State power bodies, enterprises, institutions, organizations of all kinds of property concerning archive work and office work, provide adherence to the Law of Ukraine "About the National Archive fund and archival institutions".

To satisfy the needs about the backward information of the State power bodies, institutions, organizations, enterprises, investigators of the previous land, two reading rooms are available in the archive. For the visitors use there are 14 indexes, and systematic, geographical, nominal catalogues. More than 200 users work in the reading rooms every year, which amounts more than 1000 visits.

Fulfillment of the socio- legally originated enquiries, providing with information the State power bodies and Local Government bodies of different regions of the country,neighbor countries, participation in common to the whole country programs, performances at the scientific conferences in Kyiv, Lviv, Minsk, Moscow- this is the smallest list of usage of archival documents; with all these the top priority in our work is adhering to the Law and Appendixes, scientific approach and ideological non- prejudice. During the postwar period 26 scientific publications were issued on the initiative of the State Archive of Poltava Region. The archive workers made an evident contribution to the revival of the historical truth on the documental treasure of our land.

Total Volume of Funds

Description of Archives Holdings

The funds of period of the Russian empire are contained by documents the Poltava province and volost rules, Poltava public chamber, Kremenchug boundary commission, world mediators. The autographs of Panas Myrny are saved in the fund of public chamber.

Among materials of the Poltava civil governor, police-offices, separate courts the presented documents are about activity of the Kremenchug social democratic group (1897), Poltava group RSDRP (1901), Poltava, Kostyantynograd and Romney of committees of RSDRP (1905-1906); about activity of underground printing-houses and spreaders of illegal literature, about strikes, mass meetings and demonstrations, directed against autocracy, about revolutionary motion in a province the day before and in a period of the first Russian revolution, disorder soldier Sevsky and Elecky of regiments in Poltava (1906), peasant appearances, in a that number in Velikie Sorochintsy village of Mirgorod district and Ckryva Ruda ofKhorol district and suppression of them by punitive detachments. Boundary books are saved in the fund of the Poltava boundary chamber, plans with economic and statistical description of landownership.

There are metrical books in the documents of cult establishments, confession information of churches of the Poltava diocese with pointing of amount of courts, amount and to composition population of the inhabited items.

Period ofUkrainian revolution 1917-1920 years presented in the documents of fund of Poltava Advice of workings and peasant deputies; there are protocols, resolutions, lectures, correspondences about a present moment, strikes of workers, infatuation for the peasants of squire earths in the documents. In the fund of public Prosecutor of the Poltava circuit court there are documents about activity of Simon Petlyura, to the row of revolutionary parties on Poltava region after 1890-1919 years.

Documents of the Poltava and Kremenchug province revolutionary committees and province executive committees, circuitous executive committees of Kremenchug, Lubny and Poltava, executive committees of districts represent organization and work of local authorities in the Poltava region, nationalization of industrial enterprises and squire estates, forced collectivization, liquidation of written unlanguage, skilled policy of soviet power. In these funds there are protocols of province, circuitous and district conventions of Advices, conferences of non-party workers and peasants.

In the documents of circuitous executive committee, commissions and committees of poor peasants there is information about the violent handing over of bread, about the antipeasant policy of soviet power which caused the row of peasant revolts in the Poltava region in 1920-1922 years.

An archive keeps documents about losses, inflicted by nazi occupation to the region, to the districts and inhabited items, enterprises, collective farms and separate citizens; about proceeding in the economy of region blasted by war.

In the funds of regional executive committee, departments and managements of this committee, development on Poltava region of the accrued industries of economy status is represented (booty and processing of oil and gas, motor industry, production of artificial diamonds, gas-unloading lamps and other); all spheres of life of population.

There are funds of industrial enterprises of the Poltava region. Renewal and state of agriculture of the Poltava region of post-war time is represented in the funds of regional management of soviet economies, region and district managements of agriculture, MTS, DTS, state farms and collective farms.

The funds of organizations of transport and connection give imagination about building of roads, bridges, organization, development and work of motor transport, postal, telegraph and public-call networks, installation of radio of settlements of enterprises and collective farms.

In the funds of archive materials of point-of-sale, procurement, purveying and co-operative organizations, organizations of communal economy are saved domestic consumer services of population.

The funds of health protection, public welfare and trade-union organizations characterize medical and sanitary service of population, expansion of network of medical establishments, fight against epidemic and other diseases, medical providing, labour and domestic arranging of war invalids, guard of mother and child and others like that.

The documents of establishments of folk and professional education, cultural and educational organizations tell about cultural activity in region. There are documents about activity of child's labour commune in the Tribi village near Poltava which was headed by prominent teacher A.S. Makarenko.

In the documents of archive measures found a reflection on a guard, restoration of monuments of history and culture, establishment of memorable signs and memorial plaques, organization and work of state, folk regional and literary and memorial museums.

The funds of the personal origin are saved in an archive. Among them there are archives of scientist, surgeon M.V. Sklifosovskogo; correspondent of Academy of sciences, director of the Poltava gravimetrical observatory Z.M. Aksent'eva, collection of documents of veterans of Poltava tractor school and others.

In a fund there is interesting information about musical life of Poltava of beginning XX of age. There is information about unique sights of nature of Poltava region.

Documentary photographs represent public, political, economic, scientific and cultural life of Poltava region from the end XIX age is to our days.

The documents of party, komsomol organs, primary organizations of Komsomol Party of Ukraine, funds of the personal origin, supervisory bodies of party, political departments, party committees, documents of party colleges and party commissions, collection of documents of partisan motion, which operated in the years of war on Poltava region, are saved in the funds of department of public associations. A department keeps the documents of prisoner of war red army soldiers and persons, deported to Germany.

Scientific and reference apparatus

Descriptions, systematic, subject-thematic, geographical, nominal catalogues, systematic on documentary photographs, auxiliary card indexes, reviews.

Scientific- enquiry library has 18 273 books and brochures dating 1846-2009.

Literature on Poltava land history, reports of Poltava governors, surveys of the agriculture, memorandum books, reports of provincial ruling bodies, the works of Poltava scientific archive committee, materials of census of households in provinces. There are publications kept on archive and library works, world-wide history, sociology, philosophy, law etc. periodicals presented by the central and local newspapers. Informational systems of the library are indexes and thematic catalogues.

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