State Archive helps to study the history of Ukraine and creates “National Archive” about the lives of ordinary citizens of Odessa


Elena Ksendzik, Eduard Petrovsky, Anna Misyuk


Odessa, February 25, 2015 – Elena Ksendzik, deputy director of the State Archive of Odessa region,

Eduard Petrovsky, Associate Professor of History of Ukraine in ONU of Mechnikov, a member of the Public Council under the State Archive, Anna Misyuk, Researcher of Odessa Literature Museum, member of the Public Council under the State Archive held a briefing on “The State Archive of Odessa Region: Challenges and Prospects”.


Elena Ksendzik told about the activities of the network of regional archival institutions of the region. These are district archival departments, municipal and labor archives, where documents are stored on the work of people and documents of liquidated institutions. Term of storage of documents in the archive – 75 years.


Among the cities in the region are the largest archives in Bilgorod-Dniestrovsky and Izmail – the largest archives in the region.


In early 2010, was published a guide to the funds of city, district and labor archives departments of Odessa region. Handbook published in order to facilitate the work of researchers and ordinary citizens. Odessa Regional Archive is the only in the country that has produced such publication. Timeframe: 1944-2009 years. Each year the guide is updating. Updated directory is on website of regional archive.


The archive is a collection of documentary photographs of districts and cities, newspaper files. There is a photo collection of historical events, interesting personalities and outstanding people.


Also creates collections of election documents and propaganda materials, the collection members of ATO, the collection for the victims of the famine of 1932-1933.


In 2013 was finished work on creating webpages of regional archival department.


Now in regional departments is working only 1 employee, performing all kinds of work. Staffing is one of the most important problems. Despite the fact that should be increased the number of employees of archival departments about 2 times.


Not enough archives and premises. Archives filled to 90-95%. And in some places completely. This problem is solved only in 3 districts.


There is a problem in logistics. Archives are financed on leftovers. People are working largely on the enthusiasm. Job Archivist one of the smallest and requires many years to master it.


Issue with a new location for the archive has not been resolved, although the authorities are aware of the problem. Current premises in poor condition and possible loss of very valuable documents.


Eduard Petrovsky said that teaches at the University course “Modern History of Ukraine”. Archive in teaching desperately needed. He works in the archive itself and involves students so that they themselves worked with documents and draw conclusions. Now historians are actively exploring archives of repressed. This allows us to understand the horror of totalitarian system and adjusts students to organize and plan their teaching time.


Scientists, historians are currently working with the archive, studying the history of the city, the University, working on local history issues.


Anna Misyuk said that the project “National Archive” desperately and urgently needs help. Regional Archive gave shelter to the project, but without the help of the citizens of Odessa it is doomed. People’s archive was created in order to gather evidence of life. In front of us die paper evidence of our lives that are unchanged, removes the notion of the original, but we can collect what we know about the past decade. In the archive every day, in Room 1, there is a volunteer on duty. There you can bring old photos, letters, documents. Telephone number of “National Archive”: (067) 812 41 22