Государственный архив Смоленской области
- State Archive of Smolensk Oblast
- Gosudarstvennyi arkhiv Smolenskoy oblasti
The archive was established as the Smolensk Gubernial Archive in 1919. In 1929 it was renamed Western Oblast Archive and in 1937 Smolensk Oblast Archive. In 1941 after unification with the Archive of the October Revolution it became the State Archive of the Smolensk Oblast.
Archive holds documents on economical, political and cultural history of Smolensk Oblast (Gubernia) between the years 1626 and 2008.
Archive is divided into 8 departments:
Securing and registration of the documents
Information and communication technologies
Collecting of archival holdings of various institutions
Usage and publication of documents
Documents on personal data
Restoration and binding of the documents.
Accounting, financial and Human Resources
Material and Technological maintenance
Archive hold documents on economical, political and cultural history of Smolensk Oblast (Gubernya) between the years 1626 and 2008.
Archive holds 4928 Research Groups.
Documents from the pre-revolutionary period are reffering to the agricultural history of the region, peasant communities, social and agricultural reform of 1861, local industry.
One of the oldest and most valuable documents of the archives are referring to the Great Peasant Uprising of Emilian Pugachev, birth registers, orthodox churches, Napoleon War of 1812, medical data, education institutions, and activities of various cultural figures from XVI, XVII and XVIII century.
Documents from Soviet period contain data of local goverenment, social cultural and educational authorities and institutions. Archive contains documents of the history of industrial development of the region and collectivization in the soviet times. beginning from nationalization of the private industry after the revolution.
Separate Research Groups are holding documents referring to the history of the Second World War.
Archive holds also large collection of the photos documenting different dimensions of life in the region in the Soviet period.
- Государственный архив Смоленской области и его филиал в городе Вязьма". Путеводитель, Смоленск, 2012 [State Archive of the Smolensk Oblast and its Viasma branch]
It is available online at:
Incomplete (mostly from post 1945 period) list of the archival research groups is available online:
Monday-Thursday 9 a.m - 6 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Reading Room opening times: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., with a lunch brake 1-1.45 p.m.
Archive provides full research service concerning its holdings. For a price list see:
Archive provides reproduction services.