Държавен архив – Добрич

  • Durzhaven arhiv - Dobrich
  • State Archive in Dobrich


State Archive in Tolbuhin (actual name - Dobrich) was created in 1960. After many reorganizations it became since 2010 the branch of the Regional State Archives in Varna.

The Dobrich State Archive is a division within the Regional State Archives of Varna Directorate. It manages the selection, acquisition, registration, processing, preservation and provision for use of the documents identified for permanent storage, which stem from the district administration, the municipalities of the Dobrich region, the territorial structures of the state bodies and other state and municipal institutions, organisations and important figures of local significance; as well as the scientific and methodological guidance and control of the organisation, preservation and use of documents in the archival services.

The Archive was created on 4th March 1960 as a division of the County Directorate of the Ministry of Interior, Tolbuhin (today Dobrich) in result of the administrative and territorial reform of 1959. After 1961 it was subordinate to the People’s County Council of Tolbuhin and in 1988 it was incorporated within the structure of the Municipality of Tolbuhin. In 1992 it passed under the direct governance of the General Department of Archives at the Council of Ministers. In 1978 it received the status of a directorate but in 2010 it was reformed into a division.


A reading room and a library are operative at the Archive. There are 3570 volumes of vocational literature on history, archivology and other fields of science; dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, finding aids, guides, catalogs, documentary editions and periodicals.

Through the years the Archive was headed by: Maria Paskaleva (1960), Stoyan Serafimov (1960–1963), Maria Paskaleva (1963–1970), Valko Kovachev (1971–1992), Kiril Radev (1992–2010).

Archival and Other Holdings

As for 1 I 2018 the archive contained 2042 archival collections (240 623 archival units)

As of the 1st Jan. 2011 the number of fonds of the Archive amounts to 1913.85 linear metres with 2026 archival fonds (1894 public and 132 private) with 238 779 archival units; 1313 partial accessions and 1637 memoirs. The Security fonds consists of 792 090 frames.


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