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State Archives of Chernivtsi Oblast

Address: Nebesnoi Sotni, 20-А (Bldg 1), Chernivtsi, 58029;
Tel: +380(372) 57-36-77, 57-37-46, 57-86-55, 53-13-58, 52-30-29
Phone/Fax: +380 (372) 57-86-54.
How to get: trolleybus № 5 (stop "Мicroraion"), bus № 5, 29 (stop "Nebesnoi Sotni str.").
1 Tekstyl`nykiv Str., Chernivtsi, 58029 (Building 2)
Tel: +380 (372) 54-50-01, 54-74-90, 54-49-99, 54-49-98.
How to get: Trolleybus № 1 (stop "Kovalchuka str."), bus № 9, 20, 26, 30, 31, 42 (stop "Myrhorodska str.").

Director: Zhmundulyak Dmytro

Deputy Director: Vykliuk Svitlana

Deputy Director: Popovych Lesia

Historical Background

Chernivtsi region State Archives are direct heir of the Land Archives of Bukovyna, which began its activity on November 1st, 1907. When World War I broke out, the activity of the Land archives was terminated and at the beginning of November 1918 the archives were abolished as well as the other state establishments of Austrian-Hungarian empire. After Bukovyna had joined Rumania a commission was created, which being reorganized, have operated till 1940. On November 1st, 1940 Chernivtsi regional historical archives began its activity, the work of which was broken off by World War II. State archives of Chernivtsi region renewed its activity on April 6th 1944. Later its name was changed: Chernivtsi State Regional Archives (1958-1980), State Archives of Chernivtsi Region (since 1980).

October 13, 1958, the Regional state Archives were renamed as the Cherkasy Oblast State Archives, and were known by that name from 1958 to 1980. By Order № 67 of August 7, 1980 of the Chief Archives Administration attached to the Council of Ministers, the Archives were named the State Archives of Cherkasy Oblast.

Total Volume of Funds

Description of Archives Holdings

The archives contain the documents of establishments, organizations and enterprises, which existed on the territory of the Northern Bukovyna and the former Khotyn district of Bessarabiyan region of Russia from 1775 till the period of the reunion with the UkSSR, and those of Chernivtsi region of Ukraine (1940- 1941, 1944- 2007).

The oldest documents of the archives are the collections, which have been compiled by Bukovinean state archives commission and Franz Vikenhauser, a researcher of the history of Bukovyna and they date back to 15- 18 c., when Bukovyna was a part of Moldavian principality. These documents are the patents of Moldavian voevodes and landowners about the proprietary rights of monasteries and private individuals to use land, premises and pastures, documents on buying-selling procedures of immovables, determination of collective landowning boundaries,marking off the estates between the inheritors; bills, agreements, certificates reflecting political and economical life, the activity of Orthodox Church in Bukovyna, foundation of monasteries; reports on quarrel investigations between landowners, the nobility patents, testaments, historical, economic and geographical characteristics of villages and towns of Bukovyna; information about relations of our land with the other countries, building of towns, fortresses, work of handicraft shops.

On the other hand, these documents are manuscripts and copies in the Old Moldavian and Old

Slavonic languages with translation into German and Roumanian. Among the oldest documents of the archives there are: the patent copy of Moldavian landlord (1418), concerning the property acknowledgement and boundary determination of the estates Oprysheny and Pryvoloky (German translation from Old Moldavian); a parchment purchase deed privilege of Moldavian prince Petro to Ion Lupuon the village of Cherkanul (1546) written in Cyrillic alphabet.

The basic stages of economic and social life development in Bukovyna till the reunion with Ukraine are represented in the documents of mid - 18 c. They reflect two historical periods of the region: being a part of Austria (since 1774), Austria_Hungary (1867- 1918) and joining royal Rumania (1918- 1940).

Austrian period funds of establishments, such as Military Administration of Bukovyna (1775- 1786), Halych government authorising Bukovyna (1775- 1861), Bukovinean regional administration (1786- 1853) elucidate public relations in the region, the order of governing

Bukovyna (1778- 1820), municipal (1826) and rural (1822- 1847) communities, the questions of including Bukovyna to Halychyna and its governing (1786), the description of Bukovyna's state borders, administrative - territorial organization.

A lot of papers are those of the funds of Bukovinean regional administration, executive committee of Bukovinean parliament, metropolis of Bukovyna, Chernivtsi city magistracy, regional court and district administrations, educational, health protection institutions, students communities. Rumanian period funds are rich in papers of Minister delegate of presidium bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs secretariate, State Minister authorizing Bukovyna, second ministerial directorate of Bukovyna, district prefectures, materials on roumanization of the region.

The documents of the judicial and investigating agencies of the secretari at of the Departmaent of Justice ( 1 9 1 8 - 1 9 4 0 ) ,a d m i n i s t r a t i v e courts of Bukovyna, land tribunals, the quaestor of Chernivtsi circuit police inspectorate, village courts spotlight the totalitarian regime, Khotyn rebellion (1919), sociallydemocratic, communist, Ukrainian national liberation movement, and also antifascist struggle of the population during World War II.

Among the rest there are funds of Russian Empire establishments, existed on the territory of Khotyn district of Bessarabian region (1812- 1917) and Chernivtsi region of WW I period (1914- 1917).

The archives include the records about the temporary establishment of Rumanian_German occupation (1941-1944).

Documents of soviet period (1940- 1941, 1941- 1944) are represented in the funds of the soviets, executive committees and their administrations and departments, court units and prosecutor's offices, economic establishments.

Of particular importance are documents concerning nationalization of land, banks, industrial enterprises, trading establishments; collectivization of agriculture, creation of new enterprises, development of science, education and culture.

Funds of Chernivtsi regional, district and city committees of the Communist party of Ukraine, Trade Unions during 1940-1941, 1944-1992 reveal history of Chernivtsi region as a part of the USSR.

A separate group of funds of the province government of Bukovyna documents, regional commission on the assistance of german fascists' crimes investigation on the territory of Chernivtsi region, units of Rumanian police and gendarmerie, recollections of the former ghetto and concentration camps prisoners. To this group belong over 10 thousand filtering cases received from National Security Administration of Ukraine in Chernivtsi region and citizens, who were sent by force to work in Germany and Roumania or once being in concentration camps.

The funds of Austrian historian Franc Adolf Vikengauzer (1809-1891); Austrian historian and professor of Chernivtsi University Ferdinard Cuglayer fon Blyamental (1829- 1906); Rumanian historian and public figure Iоn Nistor; Bukovenean poets - Paraska Ambrosij, Іvan Kutenya; the teacher and journalist Ilarij Karbulyckyj; the doctor and sculptor Opanas Schevchukevuch; the national artists of Ukraine -Volodumur Sokurka, Petro Mikhnevuch, Haluna Yanuschevuch; the national deputy from Bukovina, professor of Chernivtsi State University, the former ambassador from Ukraine in Rumunia Leontiya Ivanovycha Sandylyaka; the prominent Ukrainian archeologist -B.Tymoschyk and the funds of the other notable people are singled out among the personal stock.

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