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State Archives in the City of Sevastopol

Address: 64, Heroes of Stalingrad Avenue
Sevastopol, 99059
Tel: +380(692) 41-66-45, 41-67-25
E-mail: arhivsev@ukrpost.net
Web site: sev.archives.gov.ua
Transport: trolleybus № 10, 14, 18 (stop "Bukhta Omega")
trolleybus № 11 , minibus № 6 (stop "vul. 9 Sichnya")
Reading room hours of operation:
M - F 10:00am - 5:00 pm





Historical Background

Organisation of the archival work in Sevastopol began after the establishment of the Soviet power in the City. In July, 1921 the District Department of the Crimean Archives was created in Sevastopol. The District Archives was created by the Decree of Sevastopol Executive Committee on April, 1, 1925.

Since 1929 the Sevastopol District Archival Bureau was engaged in archival work in the City. In January, 27, 1935 the Sevastopol District Archival Bureau was transformed to the Sevastopol Branch of the Central Archival Administration of the RSFSR. In February, 10, 1938 the Sevastopol Branch was reorganized to the Sevastopol State Archives by the Order of the Central Archival MANAGEMENT of the RSFSR.

On March, 29, 1941 the Branch of the Central State Archives of the Crimean ASSR was created in Sevastopol. But in connection with beginning of World War II and the Nazi occupation reorganization was not conducted. Sevastopol was liberated on May, 9, 1944. The Act about the losses inflicted by the invaders was made in November, 14, 1944 by the commission of the department of State archives of people's commissariat of internal affairs of the Crimean ASSR. As a result of air and artillery bombardments of the City in 1942, the documents bearing dates of 1920-1938 of 320 funds (95 357 units) were destroyed. 10 funds (5 000 units) were evacuated. After re-evacuation these funds were taken on storage from the Central Archives of the Crimean ASSR. The Sevastopol Archives resumed its work on April, 3, 1945.

By the Decision of the Council of Ministers of Ukraine from October, 4, 1958, the Sevastopol City Archives was referred to the category of fixed composition and worked as the department of the Sevastopol City Executive Committee. On May, 11, 1962 the Sevastopol City Archives became an independent establishment. Since 1980 the name of the establishment is the Sevastopol City State Archives. The Sevastopol State Archives is a structural subdivision of the Sevastopol City State Administration; it is responsible to the Sevastopol City State Administration and the State Archival Service of Ukraine. The Sevastopol City State Archives was awarded an honorary diploma of the Sevastopol City Council and the Sevastopol City State Administration and "Commemorative Token of Merit" (2001, 2011), honorary diploma of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (2006).

Total Volume of Funds

Description of Archives Holdings

The greatest part of archival documents about the development of Sevastopol up to 1917 was lost during the period of 1941-1942. Today the data concerning Sevastopol before the revolution is concentrated in 32 partially preserved funds. There is information about the condition of municipal agriculture, industry, trade, medicine, education, population in the documents of local government and administrative authorities - office of the chief of the city administration, municipal magistrate, municipal council, court, and the chief of police office. The valuable ones are the plans of Sevastopol of 1886, 1887, 1891, 1909. The funds have preserved the documents about the trial of the sailors - the participants of the Black Sea Fleet uprising of 1912, about the presence of allied troops in Sevastopol during the period of intervention. Archive funds have the documents about the economical development of the city before the revolution: about the activity of the port, customs, the construction of the railroad and tram. Activity religious cult establishments is presented by the funds of Sevas¬topol deanery, orthodox churches and monasteries. The earliest documents saved in archive were kept in the fund of Balaklava Georgievskyi fratry. The most valuable are the files with the letters of Admirals F. Bellingsgausen, M. Lazarev, P. Nakhimov, V. Kornilov, V. Istomin. Informative in its content is the fund of Chersoneses fratry which include the plans of church lands, documents of construction of St. Volodymyr's cathedral, the history of Chersoneses bell and data about archaeological excavations. Church funds of Sevastopol deanery contain parish registers.

The period of establishing the Soviet power in Sevastopol is presented by the documents of the city, district, and village revolutionary committees´ funds: protocols of panel sessions, orders, instructions of the departments of provisions, finances, education, healthcare, transport. There is data about the agricultural taxing in kind, struggle with the Famine, demolition of monasteries and churches. The funds of workers and peasants police, declassified fund of investi.gating committee of the Sevastopol Council of military and workers deputies contain the documents about the arrests, charges, searches conducted in the city in 1920s.

The development of agriculture, political, cultural and social processes, which took place in Sevastopol before 1941, found their reflection in the documents of the funds of the city, district, and village councils: reports, plans, enterprises inspection reports, educational departments, healthcare, reports about the development of Sevastopol Region. Ihe activities of prewar Sevastopol enterprises are presented by the funds of Sevastopol commercial seaport, Sevastopol marine plant named after S. Ordzhonikidze.

The events of the Great Patriotic War in Sevastopol are reflected in the address lists of the citizens of the city in the period of the Nazi occupation, documents of the committees investigating Nazi occupant´s atrocities.

The post-war period of Sevastopol history is presented in the archive to the fullest extent. The Archives keeps the funds of state authorities and local self-government, city, district and village councils, city and district state administrations), municipal governments (finances, healthcare, culture, statistics, communal service, capital development, trade, architecture and urban development, industry, labour and social protection). The funds of educational departments are presented by the documents of the universities, institutes, colleges and technical colleges. Archival funds keep the documents of healthcare departments, scientific establishments, cultural and educational organizations, industrial enterprises, enterprises of transport and communications, agricultural and forest sectors, project and building organizations, public utilities, public service establishments, trade enterprises and foodservice industry. The Archives also preserves the documents of city prosecutors office and district courts.

The Archives stores the funds of social organizations: the City mutual aid society, the Society of environment protection, protection of historical and cultural monuments, the Society of inventors and efficiency experts, the Society tor Ukrainian Defence Support, the Sevastopol organization of "Duty" search associations, documents of trade unions. Personal funds, which are presented by the documents of the famous people of the City, are also the sources of study of the City history: public men T. Alyoshina, P. Rogachyov, historians S. Strezheletzkyi, E. Venikeev, V. Krestyannikov, I. Antonova, writers E. Korovin, M. Lezinskyi, artist G. Brusentzov. Informative are the collections of memoirs of the participants of revolutionary events in Sevastopol, veterans of the Civil and Great Patriotic War.

The Archives stores 12 collections of micro-reproduction of documents from archival funds of Russia, Ukraine devoted to the history of Sevastopol of 1783-1960, which are the additional source of information about the history of the City.

Collections of audio visual documents of the Archives reflect different aspects of the history of Sevastopol. The largest is the fund of photo documents. Pre-revolution period is presented by the reproductions of the works about the Crimean War of 1854-1855 by the English photographers R. Fanton and D. Robertson, photos of the buildings and panoramic views of the City.

The considerable part of the photographs reflects the period of the defence of Sevastopol in 1941-1942 and its liberation in 1944: military operations, the ships of the Black Sea fleet, the sights of the destroyed city. The special place in the photo fund is occupied by the photos connected with the history of the Black Sea fleet: the portraits of the commanders, photos of the ships, military parades. The history of post-war development of Sevastopol is reflected by the pictures of press photographers A. Bazhenov, M. Pokatilo, S. Muravyov.

Phono documents are represented by the records of the veterans who took part in the defence of Sevastopol in 1941- 1942 and post-war reconstruction of the city, and it is systematically fulfilled by the records of informational programs.

Funds of video documents reflect the most significant events of political, social and economic, cultural life of the city in the period of independence of Ukraine. Records of the City Council's sessions, cultural and informative programs, news items of the city television and radio broadcasting companies are also kept in store in the Archives.

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