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State Archives of Sumy Oblast

Address: 49, Sadova Street (building 1)
21/1, Gorky Street (building 2)
Sumy, 40030
Tel.: +38(0542) 22-07-90, 22-53-52, 22-54-86 (building 1) +38(0542) 77-08-31 (building 2)
Tel./Fax: +38(0542) 61-94-09, 22-53-52

Director: Олійник Юрій Олександрович

Deputy Director: Nazarenko Inna

Historical Background

The history of the State archives of Sumy region begins from November, 1925, when Sumy district archives administration was created. The staff consisted of four persons: manager, inspector and two archivists. They found old archives, ordered documents, utilized files, formed a newspaper’s fund.

Sumy local archives administration (from October, 1930). In 1931 the staff consisted of manager of administration, manager of party section, inspector-instructor, two archivists and charwoman.

Sumy state historical archives (from March, 1932).

Sumy regional historical archives (from May, 1939).

State archives of Sumy region (from April, 1941). In April, 1941, state historical archives in Gluchiv, Konotop, Romny were changed into its branches.

Sumy regional state archives (from 1958). In December, 1969, the archives got a new building. Its area was 2465 square metres. This building could contain about 1,2 million files. In connection with, this during 1971-1972 the branches in Romny and Konotop were liquidated and all documents about history of our region were concentrated in the new building.

State archives of Sumy region (from 1980).

Total Volume of Funds

Description of Archives Holdings

All documents from Sumshchina’s history keep at the State archives of Sumy oblast (region). These are documents of institutions, organizations and factories, personal documents, films, photographs, records and videodocuments from XVIII century to present days.

Many interesting documents tell us about the pre-revolutionary time.

The documents of the Ukrainian National Republic are the Central Rada’sdecrees, leaflets, resolutions and circulars and others.

The unique fund of the singer Hataeva E.I. and the writer Gusev-Orenburgskiy tells us about russian diaspora’s life in China, America, France and Italy. This fund has Sasha Chorniy’s and Marina Cvetaeva’s autographs, M.Leskov’s, I.Karishev’s and D.Burlyuk’s pictures and water-colours.

Funds of the soviet period are the main part of archives documents. These documents introduce us with Soviet government, dispossession of kulaks, collectivization of agriculture, famine of 1932-1933, repression of 20-40-th years and others.

The documents of the period of Sumy region occupation tell us about “the new order”, removal of young people to Germany, executions and punishments.

The archives have modern equipment. From 1996 the archives began to collect video recordings about history of our region. There are records about development of industry and agriculture, about visits of Ukrainian President L.D.Kuchma (1996) and other states men, about the Great Patriotic war and the partisan movement in our region, about eminent peoples, about President’s election and the “orange” revolution (2004) and others.

The political, historical, legislative, reference literature, encyclopedias, collections, dictionaries, magazines and newspapers from 1788-2008 till present days keep in the scientific-information library (14322 files).

Research materials

Research materials of archives consists of inventories, catalogues (systematic, geographic, administrative division, nominal), guidebooks, reference books, surveys, annotation register of the organizations funds, enterprises of the State Archives of Sumy region funds and metric books.

Automatic databases: electronic database “Fonds” in volume 23, 9 mB.

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