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State Archives in the City of Kyiv

Address: 23 Olena Teliga Str.
Kyiv, 04060
Tel.: +380(44) 440-54-16, 440-63-50
Fax: +380(44) 440-43-18

Transport: metro station "Dorogozhychi"
trolleybus № 16, 19, 22, 23, 27 (stop "Vulytsia Schusieva")
Reading room hours of operation:
M - Th 9:00am - 6:00pm, F 9:00am - 4:45pm

Director: Kupchenko Vira

Deputy Director: Panchenko Oleksandr

Deputy Director: Spolnik Olga

Historical Background

Kyiv State Archives were created in 1932 as the Kyiv Municipal Archives. In 1958 it were renamed into the Kyiv Municipal State Archives completed with the changing staff of archival materials. In 1962 the status of the State Archives in the City of Kyiv was increased to the archives with the stable staff of records. Since 1980 the archives have been working under the title of Kyiv State Archives.

According to the decision of the Kyiv Municipal Council on Deputies No. 584/744 of 10.07.2003 the archives are a structural subdivision of the Kyiv Municipal State Administration, which is under responsibility and control of the Kyiv Municipal Council and the State Committee on Archives of Ukraine.

Total Volume of Funds

Description of Archives Holdings

The archives store documents from the 17th to the 21st century. Funds of the pre-revolutionary period include documents of municipal self-government bodies and city authorities, such as the magistrate, the Municipal Duma, the municipal offices, and in particular: copies of grant charters of the Polish kings, Russian emperors and Zaporizhyan hetmans which testifies to assignment and acknowledgment of the rights and privileges to the city and its inhabitants (1645-1764); Senate's Decrees, circulars of the Kyivsky, Podilsky and Volynsky Governor-Generals and of the Kyivsky civil governor; the magistrate's decisions and reports of sessions, magazines of the municipal Duma and offices, magistrate's and Duma's voters' files, lists of voters according to their property and social status requirements, data about the assignment of the merchant and bourgeois status, results of the auditor's registries, lists of the citizens.

A lot of documents display history of the city development. There are many circulars, decisions, letters on opening and activity of the hotels, brickworks, sugary plants, breweries, cigarette and match factories, mills, a retail network of shops, about laying roads, construction and operation of the city tram and a cable car, the organization of bus movement. Others reflect the history of the city streets illumination by gas and electric lanterns, fortification of slopes of the river Dnipro, the restoration of the Golden Gate, the erection of a monument to Bogdan Khmelnytsky, gathering of donations on constructions of monuments to Taras Shevchenko (1907-1914) and Mykola Gogol (1908-1914). In the State Archives in the City of Kyiv's depositories one can find records about granting of the ground area for construction of public buildings, such as a military hospital (1807), Gostinnyi Dvor (1809-1811), the Kyivo-Baltska railway (1869), the Kyiv Politechnic institute (1897), the municipal theater, Kyiv St. Volodymyr University (1834) etc.

Among the valuable archival documents there are layouts of the city of Kyiv and its districts during different periods. The oldest layout is dated back to 1799.

A number of documents provide information about Kyiv educational establishments, such as Kyiv St. Volodymyr Universaty, a conservatoire, the Officer Training Corps, the Higher Women`s Courses and a lot of various institutes (polytechnic, commercial, teaching, judicial, for noble girls ones), technical colleges, seminaries, private and state gymnasia.

Documents of the Kyivo-Podilskyi and the Kuivo-Pecherskyi clerical offices, the Kievo-Vasylkovskyi Roman-Catholic Dean`s office, the Military-Mykolaivskyi, Petropavlivskyi and Volodymyrskyi cathedrals, and of the eight churches are of great value for the genealogical and biographical researches.

The archival materials of the period from 1917 are represented by the documents of the funds ofinstitutions, organizations, enterprises, educational establishments of the period after 1917. They are as follows:

Funds of personal origin contain interesting collections of documents. Among them there are documents of famous Ukrainianscientists, rectors of the Kyiv universities, public figures O.Antonov, M.Bilyi, V.Bobrov, U.Vetrov, G.Dobrov, V. Zamlinskyi, O.Plygunov, V.Strelskyi and others.

For the reference research with the purpose of protection of the human rights and satisfaction of citizen`s inquiries there are funds of municipal councils of the people`s deputies, councils of the municipal districts and of other executive bodies of power. It is the basis for official replies to a question about research on assignment of the ground areas to citizens, granting of habitation, building of private and public constructions, about awarding by medals "For valorous work during the Great Patriotic War", "For defense of Kiev". Funds of the higher and secondary educational establishments enable to find out years of citizens` study in them. Archivists give out information about the working life of citizens on the basis of archival funds of plants, factories, construction companies etc.

Funds of notarial offices contain copies of the contracts of buying and selling, granting of habitations and certificates of the rights of the property.

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