Централен държавен архив

  • Tsentralen durzhaven arhiv
  • Central State Archives of Bulgaria
  • Държавна агенция "Архиви"
  • Archives State Agency


The creation of the Archive is connected with the Decree 515 of the Presidium of the National Assembly dated 10 Oct. 1951 and the Council of Minister’s Decree 344, dated 18th April 1952. On this basis two central archives were founded in 1952: the Central State Historical Archives (CSHA) and the Central State Archives of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria (CSA PRB) with a demarcation date of their fonds – the 9th Sept. 1944. Two decades later on 2nd Jan. 1974 the Central State Technical Archives was created by Order of the minister of information and communications, with the main objective to collect, process, preserve and organize the use of the valuable technical documents. In 1979 the CSHA became a national repository of copies of records relative to the Bulgarian history, kept in foreign archival centres.

By Council of Ministers’ Decree dated 30th Dec. 1992 the archival system was reorganised and the three central archives merged into a sole Central State Archives (CSA) at the General Department of Archives. The offices, reading rooms, labs and repositories, which were dispersed before the unification, were assembled in 1992 in the building at 5, Moskovska Str. After a subsequent reconstruction and adaptation new repositories have been equipped for the most valuable and frequently used records. On the basis of the contract signed in 1993 with the Supreme Council of BSP, the Archive accepted the documents of the former Central Party Archive. To avoid any duplication in the archival references’ writing, a range of letters were added to the numbers of the fonds: for the fonds of the former CSHA – K; for the fonds of the former CSTA – A; and for the fonds of the former CPA – Б. In 1999 the Archive acquired the documents of the former “Bulgarian photography”, which fulfilled the role of public photo archive.

Administrative Structure

According to its principal functions the Archive is structured into these divisions: “New Archives”, “Processing of Archival Fonds” with a sector “BCP’s Fonds”, “Private Fonds”, “Foreign Fonds”, “Accounting and Preservation of Archival Fonds”, and “Use of Archival Fonds” with a sector “Services to the Readers”.

Archival and Other Holdings

As to the 1st Jan. 2012 the totality of record groupsof the Archive amounts to 20 100.89 linear meters, or 4041 record groups with 1 739 277 archival units.

Among others contains restitution- and/or compensation-related materials: Tsentralen Durzhaven Arhiv; restriction: access generally granted to onsite researchers

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

The Series Archival Finding Aids includes guides, inventories, catalogs, etc. of help to archival information users.

Volume 1. Guide on the Bulgarian Communist Party Fonds, preserved in Central State Archives. S. 2000. Encloses all documentary massif of former Central Party Archives (400 archival fonds and around 200 partial accessions). The Guide is in help of readers during their orientation in the subject matter and the contents of archival fonds.

Volume 2. Guide on State Archive - Smolian. (1615-1944). Second supplemented edition. S.2000. Represents the documentary riches of the State Archive of Smolian before 1944.

Volume 3. Inventories. Fonds 70 K. Town Municipal Administrations - Burgas (1878-1944). Fonds 436K. Burgas Prelatic Vicarage (1879-1957). S.2001. Useful Finding aid addressed not only to specialists but also to a wider circle of users.

Volume 4. Guide on the State Archives - Varna (1944-1995). Varna. 2001. Finding aid in help to readers of documental materials in State Archives Varna during the mentioned period.

Volume 5. Glossary of Settlement Names and Denominations of Administrative Territorial Units in the Bulgarian Lands within 15th - 19th centuries. The finding aid purpose is to make easier specialist's research when localizing and identifying approximately 4200 settlements.

Volume 6. Guide on the Memoir Documents for Bulgarian Communist Party, preserved in Central State Archives. 4000 memoir documents, collected within 40 years by the former Central Party Archives are represented. By 1989 part of them were confidential. Now they are available in the Central State Archives.

Volume 7. Guide on the Sofia State Archive (1944-2000). By the year of 2003, 5 137 archival fonds were preserved in the archive relative to the period from the Liberation of Bulgaria till then, 3 693 being for the period after 1944. Memoirs and documents of the Town and Regional committees of the Bulgarian Communist Party and Dimitrov's Communist Youth Union are not included in the Guide.

Volume 8. Guide on the Central State Archive. Office archival fonds (till 1944). I part. Authority and Administrative Bodies. The guide covers the archival fonds of the supreme state institutions of the legislative, executive, legal and church powers in Bulgaria and their subordinated structures.

Volume 9. Macedonian and Odrin Volunteer Forces 1912-1913. Personnel. Over Documents of the Central Military Archive. For the first time an attempt is made to gather in one volume all information for 18 870 volunteers entirely on documents preserved in Central Military Archives in Veliko Tarnovo.

Volume 10. Inventory of the Archival Collections and Books in Greek Language in Varna. The volume is accomplished with the help of the General Department of Archives at the Council of Ministers and the Institute for Mediterranean Researches in Retimno, the island of Crete and includes description on Bulgarian and Greek languages of documents preserved in the Greek municipality and Greek bishopric in Varna, as well as list of the book in Greek language in the Museum of Revival, the Library "P. Slaveikov" and private collection within XIXth- XXth c.

Volume 11. Guide of the Central State Archives. Office archival fonds (till 1944). II part. Economic, cultural, political and public organizations and bodies. The guide includes the archival fonds from the period 1908-1944, of non governmental economic, political, public, professional, scientific, cultural, educational, etc. organizations and offices, their branches in newly joined territories and of Bulgarian public organizations in Istanbul during the Revival period and after the Liberation.

Volume 12. Jewish Working Groups in Labor Service (1941-1945). Bulgarian servicemen perished and buried in Macedonia during the wars 1912-1945. Are included 1531 annotations of documents, preserved in State Military Historical Archives in Veliko Tarnovo, first of all lists of perished among the army units, the place of birth, as well as the location of their graves.

Volume 13. Guide on the Archival Fonds of Territorial State Archive Vratza (1789-1944). The publication familiarizes the researchers and the general public with the documentary testimonies for the period till 1944. The Guide contains information about 556 archival fonds chronologically covering documents from 1789 to 1944. The publication is preceded by the "Guide on the archival materials, preserved in State Archive - Vratza (1878-1944). Part I."

Volume 14. A Finding Aid Based on the Documentation Located in the Archival Fonds of the Urban Municipal Government - Gabrovo in the Territorial State Archive - Gabrovo and in the Regional Historic Museum - Gabrovo (1877-1959). The fonds is one of the most often used fonds located in the two institutions, the documents are subject to frequent scholarly research and studies and form a part of the Security Fonds of the Archive.


The documental series "Archives are speaking" - represent sources for Bulgarian history by Bulgarian and foreign archival depositories, in basic part they are published for the first time.


Periodical "Izvestia na darzhavnite arhivi" (Journal of the state archives) - scientific theoretical documentary edition that concedes for first publication unique documents for Balkans' history. Since 1957. Regularity - forth numbers yearly. Till now were published 86 issues.


Periodical "Arhiven pregled" (Archival review). Scientific and methodical magazine with current information about the archival work and the document-knowledge in Bulgaria and through over the world. Established in 1954. Constant recurrence: 4 issues a year.


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