Държавен архив – Велико Търново

  • Durzhaven arhiv - Veliko Turnovo
  • State Archive in Veliko Turnovo


Chitalishtna Street 2
Veliko Turnovo


+359 62 627987 – head of division
+359 62 601884 – reading room
+359 886849131


+359 62 621730


In accordance with the Decree 515 of the Presidium of the National Assembly and with the Council of Minister’s decree № 344 dated 18th April 1952, the Archive was created in 1952 as a division of the County Directorate of the Ministry of Interior, Veliko Turnovo. After 1961, it was subordinated to the Municipal Council of Veliko Turnovo, and in 1988 it was incorporated within the structure of the Municipality of Veliko Turnovo. In 1992, the Archive passed under the direct governance of the General Department of the Archives at the Council of Ministers. In 1978, it received the status of a directorate, but in 2010 it was reformed and became a division of the Regional State Archives of the Veliko Turnovo Directorate.

Mandates/Sources of Authority

The Veliko Turnovo State Archive is a division within the Regional State Archives of the Veliko Turnovo Directorate. It manages the selection, acquisition, registration, processing, preservation and provision for use of the documents identified for permanent storage, which come from the district administration, the municipalities of the Veliko Turnovo region, the territorial structures of the state bodies and other state and municipal institutions, to organisations and to important figures of local significance. The archives are also responsible for scientific and methodological guidance and control of the organisation, preservation and use of documents in the archival services.


In 1952, the State Archive in Veliko Turnovo acquired its first 14 archival fonds, which were made up of 2,535 archival units. After the administrative and territorial changes in 1959, 100 fonds were transferred to the newly created Archives in Gabrovo, Lovech and Sliven. In 1993, the fonds and collections of the former County Committee of BCP, which contained 944 fonds made up of 32,550 archival units, were added to the archive's holdings.

Archival and Other Holdings

As of January 2018, the archive contained 3,708 archival collections (218,941 archival units).

Opening Times

The reading rooms of the State Archive in Veliko Turnovo are open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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