Arkivi Qëndror i Shtetit

  • Central State Archive of Albania
  • AQSH

Mandates/Sources of Authority

According to the order no. 21, of date 08.06.1949 of the Council of Ministers (see AQSH of RSH, F. 890, V. 1949, D 501), the State Archives was declared as an independent institution. In 1951, the State Archives passed under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Interior Affairs, until 1962. This very year, was created the General Directorate of State Archives, which was subject to the Council of Ministers (see AQSH of RSH, F 890, V. 1960, D. 27).

In 19.06.1984, for the first time, the Albanian Parliament passed the law "On archival fond of the State and the Archives". After the changes of the political system, in July 1994, the Albanian pluralist Parliament of Republic of Albania, based on the article 16 of the law no. 7491, of date 24.04.1991 "On major dispositions of the Constitution", in conformity with the proposal of the Council of Ministers, passed the law "On the national archival fond and the archival work". Based on the articles 78, and 83, item 1 of the Constitution, and according to the proposal of Council of Ministers, the Parliament of Republic of Albania passed the law no. 9154, of date 06.11.2003 "On Archives".

Administrative Structure

The Central State Archive of Albania ( Arkivi Qendror Shtetëror, AQSH) and the Local State Archives are under the administrative control of the General Directorate of Archives of the Republic of Albania (Drejtoria e Përgjithshme e Arkivave, DPA).

Subordinate to the DPA, the Central State Archives (AQSH) are divided into 4 (four) sectors, which are responsible for:

  • the documentation sector before 1944

  • the documentation section after 1944

  • Party of Labour documentation

  • the document preservation sector

The AQSH also coordinates its activity with the other structures of the General Directorate of Archives and between the sectors that comprise it. It has its own service facilities for the public and researchers, laboratories and security areas.

Sources

  • Neuwirth, Hubert: Widerstand und Kollaboration in Albanien 1939-1944, Wiesbaden 2008, pp. 278-284.