Архив Jугославије

  • The Archives of Yugoslavia
  • Arhiv Jugoslavije
  • Arhiv Srbije I Crne Gore, Beograd, Serbia And Montenegro (2003-2009)
  • Arkhiv Srbije I Tsrne Gore (2003-2009)
  • The Archives of Serbia and Montenegro (2003-2009)

History

On February19, 2009, by decision of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, the Archives of Yugoslavia was founded, as a cultural institution. (The Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia, No. 15 of February 27, 2009) With this decision its old name was returned – the Archives of Yugoslavia, instead of the Archives of Serbia and Montenegro, the name it held from 2003 until 2009. The activities of the Archives have remained unchanged.

Mandates/Sources of Authority

Activities of the Archives are regulated by laws and by-laws and the activities are as follows:

  • protection of archival holdings outside the Archives
  • admission, storage and protection of archival holdings in the Archives
  • organisation and processing of archival holdings
  • information about the funds and archival holdings from the competence of the Archives
  • provision of conditions for the use of archival holdings
  • publication of archival holdings, means of information about archival holdings and other publications promoting the use of archival holdings
  • exhibitions of archival holdings, organisation of lectures and other forms of cultural and educational activities
  • research and photographing of archival holdings in the country and abroad for the purpose of completing the funds of the Archives
  • application of new technologies in all fields of work of the Archives, in line with the positive practice of other Archives and similar institutions in the country and abroad
  • technical protection of archival holdings
  • cooperation with archives and other similar institutions and associations in the country and abroad
  • implementation of the Agreement on Succession Issues, Annex D – Archives, regarding the "SFRY State Archives".

Archival and Other Holdings

From the period of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia 148 fonds have been preserved.

The number of record groups and the quantity of materials from this period would undoubtedly be larger had it not been for the large-scale devastation of this part of our cultural heritage too during World War II. Apart from that, selected archival records were systematically carted away by the occupying power. Despite the incompleteness of archival material from the period of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, record groups of the central bodies of authority and state administration in the spheres of internal and foreign policy, finance, economy, health, education, culture, welfare, justice, banking etc. constitute valuable and crucial sources for studying the history of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

In classifying and processing record groups, those from from the period of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia have been accorded priority in view of their having become accessible for use, and most of them have been processed and equipped with finding aids. (list of fonds, see: http://www.arhivyu.gov.rs/active/en/home/glavna_navigacija/arhivska_gradja/fondovi_i_zbirke/fondovi_iz_perioda_do_1945_godine/lista_fondova_do_1945.html)

Although the archival holdings from the period after 1945 are lengthy, the level of preservation of some fonds, especially those until 1953, is not satisfactory. The AJ-50 Presidency of the Government of the FPRY fond can serve as an illustration, because the minutes and documents from government sessions are missing, among other things.

On the other hand, the АЈ-507 Communist Party of Yugoslavia fond is very well preserved for that period and represents important additional material and frequently even the main source for the studies of developments from Yugoslav history after 1945.

During the NATO bombing, in the night between April 2 and 3, 1999, the archival holdings from five fonds relocated to the building of the Federal Interior Ministry were destroyed (four entirely and one partly).

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

Basic information about archival material from the period of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia can be found in the Guide Through the Holding Funds of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, published in 2000. The state of fonds from this period in the Archives is not satisfactory, because inventories have not been made for a large number of fonds. However, researchers can still use them because there are provisional summary inventories for the largest number of fonds. (lists of fonds, see: http://www.arhivyu.gov.rs/active/en/home/glavna_navigacija/arhivska_gradja/fondovi_i_zbirke/fondovi_iz_perioda_nakon_1945_godine/fondovi_nakon_1945.html)

Opening Times

The Archives of Yugoslavia is open between 8.30 and 16.30 every working day, except on national holidays. All departments at the Archives can be contacted at these hours.

The reading room of the Archives is open to researchers between 9.00 and 18.00. The Archives Library is open between 8.30 and 16.30, and the break is between 10.30 and 11.00.

The archive documents and library books are used in the reading room.

The restaurant is open between 8.30 and 15.30, and the break is between 11.30 and 12.00.

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