Центральний державний архів громадських об'єднань України

  • Central State Archive of Public Organizations of Ukraine
  • Tsentralnyi derzhavnyi arkhiv hromads'kykh ob’iednan' Ukrainy
  • TsDAHO


8 Generala Almazova Str.


38 (044) 285-55-16


38 (044) 285-73-51


History of the Central State Archives of Public Organizations of Ukraine (TsDAGO) is closely connected with the history of the development of the archival establishments of Comunist Party of the Soviet Union. This Archives was founded in 1929 and was named as United Party Archives of the Party's History and October Revolution Institute in Ukraine, attached to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine. It was one of the 30 departments of the Lenin's Archival Institute attached to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Soviet Union. From December, 1939 to June, 1945 the Archives had status of independent establishment under the name "The Central Party's Archives of the Central Committee or the Communist Party of Soviet Union", and afterwards again submitted as a department of the Ukrainian branch of the Marx-Engel's-Lenin-Stalin's institute (the name of the Institute was changed: from 1956 it was the Party's History Institute of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine - the department of the institute of Marxism-Leninism attached to the Central Committee of the the USSR; from February 1974 - the institute of the Party's History attached to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine was the department of the branch institute of Marxism-Leninism attached to the Central Committee or the Communist Party of Soviet Union). In 1991 it was reorganized in the Archives of the Communist Party of Ukraine and it was a department of the Political Researchers Institute of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine.

The Archives got its modern status after transferring the documents of the Communist Party under the obedience of the Central Archives Board attached to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, according to the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of Ukraine from the 27th of August, 1991.

Geographical and Cultural Context

Archive holds documents from the whole are of Ukraine, from the years 1870-2006, decisive majory of which are from the period 1918-2006.

Mandates/Sources of Authority

Archive is operating on the basis of the archival laws of Ukrainian Republic.

All of these laws are available online:


Administrative Structure

Archive is divided into 6 departments:

  • formation of National Archival Resource and archival activity

  • Registration and preservation of the documents

  • documents renovation laboratory

  • organization and human resources

  • finance

  • technology and maintance

Archival and Other Holdings

The Archives contains the information about all aspects of the contemporary history of Ukraine: most documents are concentrated in collections of the Communist Party of Ukraine and Central Committee of the Leninist Youth Communist League of Ukraine, political parties, "partisan complex" - the Ukrainian staff of the partisans movement and partisans formations, detachments, brigades, regiments (1941-1945); collections of the commissions on the history of the Civil and Great Patriotic Wars, "Ukrainian museum in Prague", "Collections of the non-judicial cases of rehabilitated people"; documents of personal origin of F. Sergeev (Artem), G. Petrovskyi, S. Kovpak, D. Korotchenko, O. F. Fedorov.

Documents of the Communist Party of Ukraine consist 24 collections. The most important is the collection of Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine (counts 77 descriptions), with many shorthand records of the congresses, conferences and plenums, documents of the Political Bureau, Organization Bureau, secretariat from the years 1918-1991, departments of the Central Committee, informative materials of regional committees of the Party, the commission of the Party's control attached to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine. They give all the information of the forming of party-state's system of that time, characterize political, economical, cultural life of Republic.

Among them - the documents of General Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine (secret part), meetings of the Political Bureau, the Organization Bureau and Secretariat of the Central Committee and materials from them. Documents of other collections are connected with the collection of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine - research establishments and educational establishments, party's publishing houses submitted to the Communist Party of Ukraine.

Collections from the first quarter of the XX century, the period of the Ukrainian Revolution (1917-1920) and the Civil War (1918-1920), give the complete picture of many Ukrainian political parties: the socialists-revolutionaries (borot'bysti), the social democrats (nezalezhniki), the social-federalists, the Ukrainian Communist Party, the Communist Party of East Galicia.

The archives keeps almost full collection of Jewish political parties and organizations: Bund, Komfarband, Poaley-Tsion, local committees of these parties, youth organizations.

The documents of the anarchists' movement led by of N. Makhno (diaries of his wife, appeals, orders and other documents) are preserved in the Archives. In the documents about the development of the national culture in 1920th there can be found many documents about the activities of the national-communists of O. Shyumskyi, M. Skripnyk, M. Khvylovyi, G. Lapchynskyi; the famous scientists: M. Hrushevskyi, S. Efremov, A. Krymskyi.

The documents of the Archives give the possibility to explore the period of the repressive policy of stalinizm in Ukraine (collectivization of agriculture and destruction of peasants-owners, starvation, persecution of intelligentsia, clergy and others).

There are many documents about the events of the Second World War on the territory of Ukraine. They consist of the activity of the Party leaders; of the occupation regime of Nazi invaders; the Party and Komsomol underground; the partisans movement, in particular, the formations by S. Kovpak, O. Fedorov, M. Naumov, O. Saburov on the territories of Czechoslovakia and Poland; the activity of the OUN-UPA.

Many documents of the post-war period contain the information about the famine of 1946-1947, activity of the OUN-UPA, reflect the development of ideological processes in the society, fighting against the dissidence, show the position of the leaders of Ukraine, their relationships with the center of the USSR and others. Prehistory, chronicle of the accident and the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster are also fixed in documents.

The documents of Prague Museum of Liberation fight of the Ukrainian people are kept in the archives. They are valuable documents testifying the activity of public associations and organizations of Ukrainians on the territory of foreign countries in 1920-1940. The fund of the Museum consists of the documents of Ukrainian academic society, the Central emigre union of the Ukrainian students, the Ukrainian historical-philological society, the Brotherhood of former UPR fighters, Union of Ukrainian plastuns (scouts), Union of Ukrainian doctors etc. Correspondence of many Ukrainian prominent public figures is also represented - V. Vynnychenko, E. Petrushevych, S. Smal-Stotskyi, O. Kandyba, V. Petriv, A. Livytskyi, M. Antonovych, S. Petlyura etc.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

Центральний державний архів громадських об'єднань України: Путівник / ed.: Б.Іваненко (керівник), О.Бажан, А.Кентій, Н.Маковська, А.Соловйова. - Київ, 2001 [Central State Archive of Public Organizations of Ukraine: Guide / Compiled by B. Ivanenko, O. Bazhan, A. Kentii, N. Makovs'ka, A. Soloviova. - Kyiv, 2001]

Opening Times

Reading Room is opened:

Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 4:30pm, Friday- 8:30am - 3:30pm


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