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State Archives of Volyn Region

Address: 21, Veteraniv Str.,
Lutsk, 43024 (building 1)
37a Glushets Str., (building 2)
Tel.: +380(332) 71-53-76

Director: Karasyuk Serhiy

Deputy Director: Bagnyuk Mariia

Historical Background

The archives was founded in December, 1939 under the name of Volyn Regional Historical Archive in subordination of the Volyn Regional Archive Department of the Ukrainian People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs. In 1941 it was given a new name - State Archives of Volyn Region. During the years of Nazi occupation from June, 1941 it stops its work and resumes operation after liberation of the region in March, 1944. During this period archived funds diminished for 1163947 units. In post-war years the archive employees had conducted a great deal of work concerning systematization, scientific and technical documents processing, improvement of their storage conditions, information system creation. In 1958 the Archives gets the name of the Volyn Regional State Archives and (since 1960) submits to the Executive Committee of Volyn Regional Soviet of Working People's Deputies; from 1980 - the Volyn Region State Archives. From October, 5, 1988 because of the liquidation of archives department of the Volyn Regional Executive Committee, it carries out management of archive affairs in the Region and is a scientific and methodical centre. From 1997 it is a structural subdivision of the Regional State Administration.

Total Volume of Funds

Description of Archives Holdings

In the archives the separate documents of the XVI century are preserved: royal donatives' charters and privileges, church metrical and marriage books and some documents from collection gathered by Volyn Union of Sciences Friends.

The funds of Russian Empire period (1796-1919) comprise documents of the local state government bodies, city and district self-government (city councils and justices, land tenure commissions, area, district justices), judicial and police bodies (Lutsk area court, area courts).

The state of education is partly described in documents of Lutsk men's and women's high schools, Lutsk pro-gymnasium. History of religion and church establishments is characterized by the funds of the Lutsk Uniate General Theological Consistory, Volodymyr-Volynskyi, Kovel, Lutsk ecclesiastic rules and dean's offices.

For period of Volyn occupation by Poland (1921-1939) in the Archive the funds of Volyn province are preserved: local state administration bodies, Civil Government of Volyn earths and Podilsk front, area village councils, Lutsk city government.

Development of industry, agriculture and forestry is described in the documents of Volyn regional land tenure and land tenures funds, Directorate of the state forests of the Lutsk City.

The financial state of Volyn Region is characterized by the documents of area treasuries, Volyn financial chamber, department of Polish state participating bank in Lutsk.

Activity of police bodies, court and offices of public prosecutor are represented in the documents of Volyn command of state police funds as well as Lutsk regional court, and Office of Public Prosecutor, prisons of Kovel and Lutsk.

Functioning of educational, cultural and training establishments and bodies is highlighted by the documents of curatorium of Volyn school district in Rivne, Kovel, Lutsk school inspectorates, Lutsk high schools among them - Lutsk Ukrainian high school named after Lesya Ukrainka. Documents (including declassified ones) of Volyn society of theatrical culture distribution funds, department of "Prosvita" society, Volyn Ukrainian association, Ukrainian parliamentary representation in Volyn Region, Lutsk Union of Orthodox faith adherents named after Petro Mohyla, represented struggle of Volyn people for their social and national liberation, for the maintenance of Ukrainian language, culture, faith, traditions etc. Unique are the data about cult buildings

In the Archives there are partly preserved documents of interwar period funds: district, regional commissariats, military and revolutionary commissars, district militia, Temporal Government of Lutsk in 1939.

Informative base of Nazi occupation period of Volyn region (1941-1944) is insignificant. Among the funds of this period there is declassified fund of the Volyn Ukrainian Nationalists Organization, the documents of which represent activity of the Ukrainian Nationalists Organization - the Ukrainian Rebellion Army in Volyn Region.

The most complete in the Archives are the documents of Soviet institutions, organizations, industrial enterprises, finаnсіal bodies, educational establishments that resumed operation or were created in the post-war period.

Important documents, including those declassified, are in the funds of leading bodies in religious affairs. They contain information about temples, priests, important events in history of the Region.

The Archives preserves funds of personal origin, formed on the basis of documents concerning life, activity, works of the prominent people of Volyn Region - scientists, teachers, writers, journalists, artists, industrial and agriculture workers. Here there are the evidences of holodomor in Ukraine (1932-1933), prisoners of the Stalin camps narratives, information about priests pursuing for their aspiring to claim the Ukrainian church, recollections of Volodymyr-Volynskyy district habitants about Ukrainian and Polish relations in 1939-1952.

Funds of the former Communist Party of Ukraine, the Volyn Regional Committee of Young Communist league of Ukraine (1939-1991) (city committees and district committees of Party and Komsomol (1944-1991), as well as so-called filter affairs from the funds of the Security Management Department of Ukraine in Volyn Region concerning the citizens, taken out for the forced works in Hitler coalition countries (1942-1944), criminal cases of out-of-court bodies, rehabilitated citizens (1939-1992) have been transferred to the regional archives in 1991.

In the last years Archives weas enlarged by the documents of the first public, political formations of Volyn Region of the newest period of the state system of Ukraine formation, among them, society "Lev" (Lion), Volyn regional organization of "Narodnyy Rukh" of Ukraine for alteration, Volyn organization of the Ukrainian Democratic Party and others.

For implementation of social and legal certificates, the most of ten the funds of executive power bodies (area, city, district settlement and village councils) industrial enterprises, collective farms, justice administrations, regional executive committee, district committees and municipal committees of Communist Party of Ukraine, Komsomol and trade unions are used.

Cine-documents of the Archives comprise the films about opening of the Memorial complex in the burned by Nazi village of Kortehsy, Ratno district, historical events in Volyn region, as well as items about Ukrainian and Polish conflict in the late 40th of the XXth century, celebration of 1000th anniversary of Volodymyr-Volynskyy and others.

The Archives possess rich collection of documentary photographs representing public and political, economic, cultural life of the region in different periods of history, among them the portraits of famous people, pictures of architectural, cult buildings, including the lost ones, obelisks, landscapes of the region cities and villages.

Phono-documents preserve the records of voices of the peoples' deputies of Ukraine, Heroes of socialist Labour, participants of the Great Patriotic War, members of Communist Party of Western Ukraine, the Communist League of Young People of West Ukraine, the Ukrainian Rebellian Army, soldiers-internationalists, witnesses of holodomor, prominent writers, and others.

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