State Archive of Volyn Region
Address: 21, Veteraniv St., Lutsk, 43024 (building 1).
37a, Glushets St., Lutsk, 43024 (building 2).
Tel.: (0332) 715 376.
Page on the web-site of Volyn Regional State Administration: www.voladm.gov.ua
Transport: Archive is situated not far from rail-way and bus stations
Reading room hours of operation: Monday to Thursday: 8.00-17.15
Days off: Saturday, Sunday
The last Friday of a month is a sanitary day
Director: Sergiy Vіktorovich Karasyuk
The archive was founded in December of 1939 under the name of Volyn Regional Historical Archive in subordination of Volyn Regional Archive Department of Ukrainian People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs. In 1941 it was given a new name - State Archive 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 work up of documents, improvement of their storage conditions, information system creation. In 1958 the Archive gets the name of Volyn Regional State Archive and (since 1960) submits to the Executive Committee of Volyn Regional Soviet of Working People's Deputies. From 1980 - the Volyn Region State Archive. From October 5, 1988 because of the liquidation of archive department of Volyn Regional Executive Committee, it carries out management of archive affairs in the region and is a scientific and methodical center. From 1997 it is a structural subdivision of Regional State Administration.
Total Volume of Funds
4864 funds, 1196328 units from the 16th century till 2015
771 units of scientific and technical documents for the period of 1945-1984
3 units of film documents for the period of 1951-1982
36737 units of documentary photographs for the period of 1917-2015
414 units of phono-documents for the period of 1945-2016
20 units of video-documents for 1992, 1994, 1998, 2004, 2010, 2014
Description of Archive Holdings
In the archive the separate documents of the 16th century are kept: royal donative 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-Volynskyy, Kovel, Lutsk ecclesiastic rules and dean's offices.
For period of Volyn occupation by Poland (1921Ч1939) the funds of Volyn province are kept in the archive: local state administration bodies, Civil Government of Volyn earths and PodilskТ 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 city, 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. The data about cult buildings are unique. In the archive 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 the Nazi occupation period of Volyn region (1941Ч1944) is insignificant. Among the funds of this period there is declassified fund of Volyn Ukrainian Nationalists' Organization, the documents of which represent activity of Ukrainian Nationalists' Organization - Ukrainian Rebellion Army in Volyn region.
The documents of Soviet institutions, organizations, industrial enterprises, financial bodies, educational establishments that resumed operation or were created in the post-war period are mostly complete in the archive.
Important documents, including those declassified, are in the funds of leading bodies in religion affairs. They contain information about temples, priests, important events in history of the region.
The archive keeps 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 famishment in Ukraine (1932-1933), the narratives of the prisoners of the Stalin camps, the information about the priests pursuing for their aspiring to claim the Ukrainian church, the recollections of Volodymyr-Volynskyy district habitants about Ukrainian-Polish relations in 1939-1952.
Funds of the former Communist Party of Ukraine of Volyn regional committee of Young Communist League of Ukraine (1939-1991) (City Committees and District Committees of Party and Komsomol (1944-1991), primary party and Komsomol organizations), as well as the so-called filter affairs from the funds of 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 archive in 1991.
In the last years archive was enlarged by the documents of first public, political formations of Volyn region of the newest period of the state system of Ukraine formation, among them, societies of "Lev" (Lion), Volyn regional organization of "Narodnyy Rukh" of Ukraine for alteration, Volyn organization of Ukraine Democratic party and others.
For implementation of social-legal certificates, the most often 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. Cinedocuments of the archives comprise the films about opening of the Memorial complex in the burned by the Nazi village of Kortelisy, Ratno district, historical events in Volyn region, as well as items about Ukrainian-Polish conflict in the late 40th of the 20th century, celebration of 1000th anniversary of Volodymyr-Volynskyy and others. The archive possesses 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 keep the records of voices of the peoples' deputies of Ukraine, Heroes of socialist Labour, participants of Great Patriotic War, members of Communist party of the Western Ukraine, Communist League of the young people of the Western Ukraine, Ukrainian Rebellion Army, soldiers-internationalists, witnesses of famishment, prominent writers, and others.
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