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All central and regional archives in Ukraine have their web pages. All central archives have English-language webpages that are helpful in obtaining useful information on archival collections, rules, hours of operations, regulations regarding patrons’ requests etc. Besides, web pages contain useful bibliographic information including lists of books and articles on special collections, published archival documents, and most recent archival research.

State Archival Service of Ukraine

http://www.archives.gov.ua/

The web-portal of the State Archival Service of Ukraine provides with wide variety of information on Ukrainian archives, their organization, structure, services, publications, archival news, etc. The information on the portal is regularly updated.

Ukrainian central archives

Tsentral’nyi derzhavnyi arkhiv hromads’kykh orhanizatsii Ukraïny [Central State Archive of Public Organizations of Ukraine (TsDAHO of Ukraine)] http://www.cdago.gov.ua/


Documents of the Communist Party of Ukraine represent the main body of the archive consisting of 24 record groups. They include the records of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine that contain 77 sub-records. Among them are the documents of the General Department (Zahal’nyi Viddil) of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine (previously classified), minutes of meetings and correspondence of the Political Bureau, the Organizational Bureau, and the Secretariat of the Central Committee. Documents of the first quarter of the XX century provide detailed information about the activities of many Ukrainian political parties: the Socialists-Revolutionaries (“borot'bysty”); the Social Democrats-Independists (nezalezhnyky); the Socialist-Federalists; the Ukrainian Communist Party; the Communist Party of East Galicia. The archive holds a comprehensive record of Jewish political parties and organizations in Ukraine: Bund, Komfarband, Poalei-Zion including local committees of these parties and their youth organizations. The documents of the Ukrainian anarchists’ movement under the leadership of Nestor Makhno are part of the collection. The archive contains records related to the development of national culture in the Soviet Ukraine in the 1920s including numerous documents about the activities of Ukrainian national-communists (O. Shyumskyi, M. Skrypnyk, M. Khvylovyi, G. Lapchynskyi), and prominent Ukrainian shcolars (M. Hrushevskyi, S. Efremov, A. Kryms’kyi). The archive contains a large collection of recently declassified documents pertaining to the tragic events of the 1930s: the collectivization and mass deportations of peasantry; the genocidal famine of the 1932-33; the political purges and mass terror of the 1930s; the destruction of Ukrainian clergy and national intelligentsia.  The archive’s holdings include the records of Prague’s Museum of Liberation Struggle of the Ukrainian People containing the documents about Ukrainian émigré activities in the 1920s-1940s. Files related the World War II include a wide range of declassified documents about the activities of the Communist party leaders of Ukraine; the Nazi occupation regime; the Communist underground and partisan movement; the Ukrainian nationalist movement. Numerous records of the post-war period contain recently declassified files about the mass starvation in the republic in 1946-1947; the underground activity and armed resistance of the OUN-UPA in Western Ukraine; the changes in ideological policies of the Communist party; the dissident movement; the relations between the Ukrainian Communist party apparatus and the central Communist party authorities in Moscow; the Chernobyl nuclear disaster; the policies of “perestroika”. The records of contemporary Ukrainian political parties and public associations are part of the archive. Among them are the records of Narodnyi Rukh of Ukraine, Ukrainian Republican Party (URP), Democratic Party of Ukraine (DemPU), Socialist Party of Ukraine, Ukrainian Peoples’ Party "Sobor".
The number of records groups – 200; the number of files – 285018.  The archival guide in Ukrainian is available online.

Tsental’nyi derzhavnyi arkhiv vyshchykh orhaniv vlady ta upravlinnia [Central State Archives of Supreme Bodies of Power and Government of Ukraine (TsDAVO of Ukraine)] http://tsdavo.org.ua/


The Archive holds records of all institutions of power and state authority that existed on the territory of Ukraine during the twentieth century beginning from the Ukrainian Central Rada (Council) in 1917. The archival records include multiple documents pertaining to the revolution of 1917-1920; numerous records of the Soviet period; sources related to World War II; the collection of the “Prague Archive” that includes numerous documents about scholarly and cultural work of Ukrainian emigration during the inter-war era. The archive contains documents of various governmental institutions that functioned in Ukraine during the 20th century: the Ukrainian Central Council (“Tsentral’na Rada”) 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 Ukrainian SSR (1917 – 1991). The archive preserves unique documents from the period of the Ukrainian revolution of 1917-1920: 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 Western Ukraine (ZUNR) and the People’s Republic of Ukraine dated January 22, 1919; important legislative documents of the period between 1917 and 1920; documents of the People’s Republic of Western Ukraine 1918-1920; the Carpathian Ukraine. The Soviet period of modern Ukrainian history is represented by a wide variety of documents of the supreme authorities and governmental bodies of the Ukrainian SSR (1917-1991), national-level institutions, companies and organizations, trade unions, public associations, and religious denominations. The special collection of the “Prague Archive” is a unique set of documents about the scholarly and cultural work of Ukrainian emigrants during the period between the two world wars. The largest part of these émigré materials was transferred from the Prague Archives. The collection includes files of governmental institutions of the People’s Republic of Ukraine and military formations; organizations assisting emigrants; student organizations; publishing activities; émigré educational institutions; research institutes; archives; museums; libraries; community organizations. In 1996, the Archive acquired the collection of documents of the Government of the People’s Republic of Ukraine in Exile (1946-1992) that were transferred from Canada. In 1999, the archives acquired the documents of the Mission of the People’s Republic of Ukraine in Switzerland, dated 1919 through 1924. An important part of the Archive are documents of the World War II period, including records of organizations, institutions, enterprises, and formations that were part of the occupation regime or operated under the control of the occupation authorities. These are the records of the headquarters of the Reich Minister for the Occupied Eastern Territories Alfred Rosenberg, the Reich Commissariat of Ukraine, the General Commissariat of Post-offices, and others. The archives contain extensive documentation of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), and of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA). The records pertaining to the Second World War period contain numerous testimonies of Soviet partisan and underground movements. The Archive’s collection includes personal records 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. Korniychuk, O. Bohomolets, M. Strezesko, and may other prominent figures of modern Ukrainian history. The Archive is annually updated with new additions, which document the post-1991 activities of the Presidents of Ukraine L. Kravchuk and L. Kuchma, the Supreme Council, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, and the Ministries and the Departments of the period. Total number of record groups – 3330; total number of files – 2074943


Tsentral’nyi dershavnyi istorychnyi arkhiv Ukrainy, m. Kyiv [Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Kyiv (TsDIAK of Ukraine)] http://cdiak.archives.gov.ua/index.php


TsDIAK is the one of the oldest archival depositories in Ukraine. The history of TsDIAK dates back to 1852, the year when the Central Archive of Ancient Acts was founded. The Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Kyiv contains documents of different periods of Ukrainian history starting from the 14th century and up to the early 20th century. One of the most important parts of the archival collection belongs to the Hetmanshchyna period, when Ukraine enjoyed a certain political, economic, and cultural autonomy under the Russian rule (1654-1764).   The oldest documents in the archive are the manuscript of Gospel in the Greek language dated back to the thirteenth century, and a parchment charter dated by 1369 written by Rus’ warden Otto from Pilche. The Collection of Kyiv Archeographic Commission holds the earliest documents. They comprise miscellaneous charters dated back to the 14th and 15th centuries. Among them are the privileges of Lithuanian princes and Polish kings issued to the Ukrainian nobility and Ukrainian cities; the universal decrees of Ukrainian hetmans; Russian tsars' rulings and orders. The collection also holds 765 original seals (having different degree of retention), and more than 30 crests. The collection of old-printings and manuscripts contains unique European and Ukrainian publications. Among them there are Lyon’s Incunabula (1454); Basel’s, Leipzig’s, and Stuttgart’s Paleotypes (beg. 14th cent.); Ostroz’ka Bible (Ivan Fedorov’s first printing shop (1581)); Lithuanian Statute’s first edition (1588); "Grammar" by Meletyi Smotryckyj (1648); "Kyiv–Pecherskyi Pateryk" (16th centuty); "Pamva Berynda’s dictionary" (beg. 17th  cenury.); "Hryhorij Grabyanka’s Chronicle" (list from 1773); "The Serpent of Israel" (by Hryhorij Skovoroda). One of the most valuable parts of the archive is the collection of court records and estate transactions (16th- 18th centuries) in cities of the Right-Bank Ukraine; records of district and confederate courts; magistrates and city governments. These files are diverse in content and count about 1 million documents from the beginning of the 16th century until the second half of the 18th century. The acts were written in old-Ukrainian, Polish, and Latin. They concern sales, leases, tenancy, transfer or division of property, mortgage contracts, marriages, notes on the laws of Kiev and Volyn regions, information on taxes paid and lists of people and their duties in a specific region, descriptions of castles, towns, and fortifications. The collection of the Kish (headquarters) of the New Zaporozhian Sich that includes documents pertaining to the history of Ukrainian Cossacks at the later stage is a unique source on Ukrainian history of the late 17th - 18th centuries. Information about administrative-territorial system and economic development of the Left-Bank and Slobidska Ukraine from the 17th century onward can be found in the records of General-Military Office, Malorosiyskyi First and Second Boards, General Description of Left-bank Ukraine, Military Treasurer’s Office, General Military Court, regiment courts and offices. Military history of Ukraine is represented by documents of General Military Artillery’s Chancellery; Regiment and Governorship Chancelleries. Records of Namisnyctvo’s directions of Bratslav, Voznesensk, Kyiv, Katerynoslav, Novgorod-Sivers’kyi, Podillia, Kharkiv, Chernigiv region highlight the history of Ukraine in the second half of the 18th century. Records of Kyiv and Pereyaslav-Boryspil consistories, Kyiv-Pecherska Lavra, Kyiv St. Sophia Cathedral, and other churches and monasteries provide information about church and monasteries landownership, religious education, land disputes, church and monasteries construction, and monastic and church property descriptions. These records contain documents that are of great interest for genealogical researches: metrical books of various confessions and churches registers for towns and villages of Kyiv guberniya. Personal records of prominent members of Ukrainian and Polish nobility and magnates from the Right-Bank Ukraine contain valuable information about all aspects of social, economic, political, cultural, and religious life during 14th- early 20th centuries.   Documents of Russian imperial administrative institutions in Ukraine of the 19th –early 20th centuries comprise the main part of the archival collection. Records of Kyiv, Podil, and Volyn governor-general offices; state ownership chambers; lustration commissions and other institutions contain documents about trade and industry development; socio-economic trends; preparation and adoption of the Great Reform of 1861 in Ukraine; suppression of Polish uprisings in 1830-1831 and 1863-1863; imperial reforms and policies in Ukraine in the late 19th century. Records of Police and Gendarmerie institutions, Security boards, and court and prosecutor section highlight the history of political parties and organizations, revolutionary movement, and Ukrainian cultural movement in the second half of the 19th century. The records of Kyiv Censorship Committee, Kyiv Censorship Office, and Kyiv Provisional Committee in Print Affairs contain numerous documents pertaining the government restrictive measures with regard to the usage and dissemination of Ukrainian language in published works of Taras Schevchenko, Lesya Ukrainka, Ivan Franko, Mykola Gogol and other Ukrainian authors. The records of Kyiv and Kharkiv educational regional administrations, Kyiv Theological Seminary, Kyiv Lyceum, Kremenets Lyceum describe the educational and cultural developments in the region. The records of scientific, cultural-educational societies and organizations contain valuable information for studying history of science and culture in Ukraine.
Total number of record groups – 1428 Total number of files - 12644596


Tsentral’nyi derzhavnyi istorycnyi arkhiv, m. L'viv [(Central State Historical Archive in L’viv (TsDIAL)] http://tsdial.archives.gov.ua/


The Central State Historical Archive in L’viv holds a wide range of documents pertaining to the history of Western Ukraine. Recently declassified documents about the period of liberation struggle in Ukraine constitute an important part of the collection. They include files concerning the activities of the governments and armies of the UNR and ZUNR (f. 581); the record group of the Ukrainian Sich Riflemen (USS) Legion (f. 353); the units of interned armies of the UNR in Lancut (f. 753) and Kalish (f. 673); personal records of state, political, and military figures of Ukraine. The archive holds numerous records of Ukrainian cultural-educational institutions, organizations, and associations: the Shevchenko Scientific Society (f. 309), the "Prosvita" society (f. 348), the "Ridna Shkola" (f. 206), the "Galician-Ruthenian Matytsia" (f. 148), and the "Ukrainska Besida" (f. 514). There are dozens of records of Ukrainian, Polish, Jewish, Armenian, and German associations and organizations including women’s, students, and cultural-recreational associations, which attest to the long and rich history of coexistence and cooperation among various national cultures in Galicia. Declassified records of Ukrainian, Polish, and Jewish political parties, paramilitary organizations, clubs, and professional associations offer many new details regarding the complexity of social and political life in the region before World War II. Personal records of many prominent figures including Andrei Sheptyts’kyi, Stepan Tomashivs’kyi, Osyp Nazaruk, Kyrylo Studyns’kyi, Yulian Romanchuk, and others are a valuable part of the archive.    


Tsentral’nyi derzhavnyi kinofotofonoarkhiv Ukraїny im. H.S. Pshenychnoho (TsDKFFA of Ukraine) (Central State Archive of Film, Photo-, and Phonographic Documents of Ukraine named after H. Pshenychnyi) http://tsdkffa.archives.gov.ua/


The archive holds more than 12 000 units of cinematic documents (1896-1999) that include silent and sound documentaries, newsreels, and cinema and TV episodes. The earliest cinematic documents are represented by fragmentary episodes of Nicolas II coronation (1896), “The 200th Anniversary of Poltava Battle” (1900), “Flights of Aviator Utochkin in Kishinev” (1911), “Funeral of A. Tereshchenko” (1912). VUFKU and Ukrkinokhronika newsreels and documentaries of Kyiv Feature Film Studio are invaluable documents about Ukrainian life in the 1920s and 1930s. Various Soviet propaganda chronicles including “Radians’ka Ukraїna” (Soviet Ukraine) newsreels, and other documentaries such as numerous “trophy” Nazi propaganda newsreels represent the period of World War II. The major subject of the first postwar decade was the reconstruction and further development of the republic’s economy, science, and culture. Numerous cinema episodes and films of the time highlight all stages in the development of the Soviet society including the destalinization period, the so-called “thaw”, the mid-1980s “glasnost and perestroika” period, and “blank spots” of the Soviet history. A number of Ukrainian documentaries made in the 1990s are devoted to the memory of victims of Stalinism, tragic fate of Ukrainian intelligentsia in 1930s and 1940s, 1986 Chornobyl nuclear disaster, and other important topics of Ukrainian political and cultural life. The cinema documents of independent Ukraine reflect the latest history of the Ukrainian society. The TsDKFFA records contain over 390 000 units of photo documents (1853-2004). The earliest of them are the copies of T. Shevchenko’s photo portraits, the events of Sevastopol defense during 1853-1856 Crimean War, the photo album of Kyiv pictures (the 2nd half of the XIX century), and others. Numerous photo documents represent the 1917-1921 liberation movement in Ukraine, establishment of the Soviet power, creation of the USSR, activities of state authorities, and development of science and culture in the Soviet Ukraine. More than 6 000 photo documents highlight the events of WW II. The archive holds more than 45 000 items of sound recordings (1900-2003). A unique collection of records produced by "Zonophone Record" ("Grammophone Joint-Stock Company, Riga"), "Stella Record", "Beka Record" and "Favourite Record" companies (Germany) in 1900-1914 is of great historical and cultural value. During 1970s-1980s, the TsDKFFA audio collection was updated on a regular basis, mostly with the Soviet state company “Melodiia” records. The recordings of prominent  Ukrainian opera singers I. Patorzhynskyi, V. Lytvynenko-Volgemut, I. Kozlovskyi, Z. Haidai, M. Hryshko, A. Solovianenko and others. The majority of phonographic documents are magnetic recordings. Since 1998, TsDKFFA of Ukraine has been acquiring video documents, their number amounting to 380 items (1994-2005). The very first entries were as follows: "Visti Tyzhnia" ("News Weekly"), "Vikna" ("Windows"), "Pisliamova" ("Afterword") TV programs. These video documents reflect social, economic, and cultural life of the post-Soviet Ukraine.
Total Volume: 440 000 collection items 62986 collection items of film documents (1896-1999) 392486 collection items of photo documents (1853-2008) 23072 collection items of sound recordings (1900-2006) 247 collection items of video documents (1996-2003)

Regional archives

 

 

Archival Guides

TSDAHO

 

Tsentral’nyi derzhavnyi istorychnyi arkhiv Ukraïny, m. L’viv: putivnyk / [avtory-uporiadnyky Ol’ha Hnievysheva ... et al. L’viv, 2001. 410 p. UIUC Call Number: 016.02704779 T787t

 Lviv

 

Derzhavnyi arkhiv Chernivets’koï oblasti: putivnyk / [avtory-uporiadnyky Liudmyla Anokhina, ... et al.]. Kyïv-Chernivtsi. 2006, Vol.1. Fondy doradiansʹkoho periodu UIUC Call Number (IN PROGRESS)

 

Derzhavnyi arkhiv Sums’koï oblasti: putivnyk / [avtory-uporiadnyky, Liudmyla Pokydchenko ... et al.]. Sumy-Kyïv: 2002 UIUC Call Number: 027.04776 D449

 

Tsentral’nyi derzhavnyi arkhiv-muzei literatury i mystetstva Ukraïny : putivnyk / [avtory-uporiadnyky Mykola Kriachok, Svitlana Kushch, Zakharii Sendyk]. Kyïv, 2003.Vol. 1. UIUC Call Number (IN Progress)


Putivnyk po osobovykh fondakh Arkhivnykh naukovykh fondiv rukopysiv ta fonozapysiv Instytutu mystet︠s︡tvoznavstva, folʹklorystyky ta etnolohiï im. M. Rylʹsʹkoho / [vidp. red. H. A. Skrypnyk, zah. red. H. V. Dovzhenok]. Kyïv: 2005 UIUC Call Number: (IN PROGRESS) 


Putivnyk po fondakh viddilu rukopysiv Instytutu literatury  [V.A. Burbela ... et al]. Kyïv: 1999. UIUC Call Number: 091.094777In

 

Lesia

 

Osobovi arkhivni fondy Instytutu rukopysu : putivnyk / [O.S. Boliak ... et al.]. Kyïv: Natsional’na biblioteka Ukraïny im. V.I. Vernads’koho, In-t rukopysu, 2002. 765 p. UIUC Call Number: 026.94777 Os28

 

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Published archival documents, 2001-2010

http://www.archives.gov.ua/Publicat/Documents/

The link provides with access to the information on archival publications and archival research in Ukraine, and it includes a large number of publications available in the PDF format.

Declassified archival documents (inter-archival guide)

http://www.archives.gov.ua/Rozsekr_mat/Reestr_a_f.php