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There are 707 archival institutions in Ukraine.

Network of state archival institutions of Ukraine which is subordinate to the State Archival Service of Ukraine includes 707 institutions, among them 9 central archival institutions, 25 regional archives, 2 archives in the cities of Kyiv and Sevastopol, 488 archival divisions of district state administrations, 170 archival divisions of city councils and 13 branch archives. Also 1956 labour archives under the authority of city councils and district state administrations are functioning in Ukraine, 311 of them are body corporates.

    

The total amount of workers of the archival sphere is more than 4785 people.

        

The State Archival Service of Ukraine consists of 3 departments, 1 division and 2 sectors with 118 persons of staff employed.

The National Archival Fund contains more than 58 million items (more than 5 milliard documents, 50 milliard sheets).

If to bring all the National Archival Fund documents together sheet by sheet in a kind of a ribbon, it would wrap up earth by the equator for over 375 times (while considering the length of ribbon 30 centimeters, the length of the equator 40075 kilometers).

By minimum calculation, the combined money cost of the National Archival Fund documents is not less than 500 milliard Ukrainian hryvnas.

An average monthly salary of civil servants in central state archives 2012 is more than 6,7 thousand Ukrainian hryvnas, of non-civil servants – more than 3,6 thousand Ukrainian hryvnas, of non-servants in the security copies documentation institutions – more than 3,2 thousand Ukrainian hryvnas.

The combined annual budget of the State Archival Service of Ukraine, State Department of Security Fond Documentation and central state archival institutions for 2012 is 112 million 477,3 thousand Ukrainian hryvnas.

To keep one archival item in Ukraine costs the state budget 5,2 Ukrainian hryvnas per year.

The total length of archival shelves is about 752 kilometers.

One archival funds preserver is responsible for 5,9 kilometers of archival shelves (it is more than 340 thousand items).


The most ancient document preserved at the Ukrainian state archives is the debt letter from the old-Russ city of Zvenygorod (the first third of the XIII century; Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Lviv) written on beresta.


The most ancient document preserved at the Kyiv state archives is the Greek Gospel on parchment (the XIII century; Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Kyiv).


The most ancient complex of the National Archival Fund written in Cyrillic is Apostle of the Cristianopol, or the Gorodyskyi (parchment, the middle of the XII century; the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine).

The most ancient document of the National Archival Fund dates back to the III millennium B. C. (clay boards; the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine).

The most ancient document of the National Archival Fund of the Slavonic origin is the Kyiv glagolic papers (the end of IX – the beginning of X century; the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine).

The State Archives of Lviv Oblast preserves the biggest amount of archival items (more than 2,55 thousand ones).

State archives of Ukraine fulfill more than 414 thousand requests per year.

More than 25 thousand researchers visit state archives reading rooms per year.

About 1 million virtual users visit the official web-portal of the State Archival Service of Ukraine per year.

The total capacity of the official web-portal of the State Archival Service of Ukraine is about 18 Gbs.

Since 1956, the State Archival Service of Ukraine is a member of the International Council on Archives, a non-government international professional organization which works under the aegis of the UNESCO.

The State Archival Service realizes 28 international bilateral agreements with archival services and national archives of world countries (Australia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bilorus, Bulgaria, Cuba, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Romania, Turkey, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Montenegro, etc.).

December, 24 is the professional holiday of the Ukrainian archivists, i. e. the Day of Archival Institutions Servants (established by the Decree of the President of Ukraine by October 30, 1998). The International Archives Day is celebrating every June 9 since 2007.

By December, 2001 a new edition of the Law of Ukraine named ‘The National Archival Fund and Archival Institutions’ was established, subsequently the changes of some Ukrainian laws took place at 2003.

The State Archival Service of Ukraine official publication is ‘The Herald of the State Archival Service of Ukraine’ (since 2000).

‘Archives of Ukraine’ magazine has been publishing since 1947, since 2000 its online version is free for users at the Internet.

Ukraine is the only country of the CIS where no special archival building has been erected since 1991.

Kyiv is the only European capital which city archives is situated at the basement and ground floor of a residential (!) house.

Documents of a secret preservation constitute 0,19 % of the total amount of documents preserved at the state archives.

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