Центральний державний історичний архів України у місті Львові

  • Central State Historical Archive of Ukraine in Lviv
  • Tsentralnyi derzhavnyi istorychnyi arkhiv Ukrainy u misti Lvovi

History

The archives was created in November, 1939, as the Central Archives of Ancient Deeds in Lviv. It consolidated three major archives that existed in Lviv up until the Second World War,- the Archives of old deeds of the city of Lviv, the Land archives, and the State archives, as well as a number of well-known corporate and private collections. At first, the Central Archives of Ancient Deeds was considered an archival branch of the UNKVS UkrSSR of Lviv oblast. On June 24, 1941, the archives was reorganized as a branch of the Central State Historical Archives of the UkrSSR (the decree was passed on December 1, 1943); however, this resolution was not carried out due to the outbreak of the war. During the German occupation of 1941-1944, the activity of the archives was renewed under the name of the Archives of the City of Lviv, reporting to the Archival Management of the General-Governor in Kraków. From 1944 to 1945, the archives existed as a department of ancient deeds under the Lviv oblast state archives; after 1946, it was again a branch of TsDIA UkSSR. As a result of the division of documents between the TsDIA branch and the Lviv oblast state archives between 1947-1950, collections relating to Austrian and Polish institutions and organizations in Galicia and activities which occurred outside the borders of the Lviv Voivodship (excluding documents from the era of the feudalism) were absorbed into the TsDIA. In 1958, the archives was reorganized into the TsDIA UkSSR in Lviv reporting to the Archives administration of the RM UkrSSR. At the beginning of the 1960s, initiated by academic I. Krypjakevych, the archives became the basis of research for specialized historical disciplines; there were created departments of archival study - archeographics, archaeology, diplomacy, paleography, filigreeology, heraldry and sphragistics. The archives became a research and methodology center for all archives in the region. By Ordinance of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine No. 415, dated July 21 1992, and Decree No. 35 of the Main Archival Administration of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated July 31 1992, the name of the archives was changed into the Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine, in Lviv (TsDIAL of Ukraine).

Geographical and Cultural Context

The archives preserves documents from various historical epochs, produced mainly in the city of Lvov and sourranding provinces: the Halych-Volhynian state (XIII-XIV centuries), the Grand Duchy of the Lithuanian and Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (XIV-XVIII centuries), the Austrian and Austro-Hungarian Monarchies (1772-1918), the Western Ukrainian National Republic (1918-1919), the Ukrainian National Republic (1917-1921), the interwar Polish period (1919-1939), the wartime periods of Soviet rule (1939-1941) and German occupation (1941-1944), the Soviet period after 1944, and the period of Ukrainian Independence after 1991.

Mandates/Sources of Authority

The Archive is operating on the basis of:

Law of the State of Ukraine "On the Rules of State Regulatory Politics in the Sphere of Economical Activity"

Regulatory Law "Preogatories and Scope of actrivities the State Committee on Archives of Ukraine"

Decisions of the Prime Minister of Ukraine from 07.05.1998, Nr 639, (with ammendments from 7 May1998, Nr. 638, 30.11.2004 Nr 1608); and from 13.12.2004 Nr. 1649

As well as on the basis of Central State Historical Archive of Ukraine in Lviv internal laws and regulations.

All of these documents are available online:

http://tsdial.archives.gov.ua/?url=/info/regularact/

Archival and Other Holdings

The archives preserves documents from various historical epochs, produced mainly in the city of Lviv and surrounding provinces: the Halych-Volhynian state (XIII-XIV centuries), the Grand Duchy of the Lithuania and Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (XIV-XVIII centuries), the Austrian and Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (1772-1918), the Western Ukrainian National Republic (1918-1919), the Ukrainian National Republic (1917-1921), the interwar Polish period (1919-1939), the wartime periods of Soviet rule (1939-1941) and German occupation (1941-1944), the Soviet period after 1944, and the period of Ukrainian Independence after 1991.

The oldest documents of the archives date back to 1233 and are located in the Collection of Parchment Documents (f. 131), which contains 1,113 documents. Unique within this collection is the Union of Brest document of 1596. In 1994, three documents written on a birchbark during the years 1110-1137, found during excavations in the medieval town of Zvenyhorod, were added to this collection. The oldest group of documents from the periods of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth consists of documents of the local self-government bodies - magistrate and civic governments (67 collections). The oldest and largest is the collection of the Lviv magistrate (f. 52). It includes the City Council and City Board (Raietsko-Lavnycha) book (1382-1389) and the book of income and expenditures of the city (1404-1414). Valuable historical sources are the chronicles of J. Alembeck, S. Kushevych, V. Zymorovych, Ia. T. Iuzefovych, mercantile books and "news" (newspapers) from the XVII-XVII centuries. The collection of letters (f. 132) contains the autographs of hetmans of Ukraine Bogdan and Yuriy Khmelnytskyi, I. Vyhovsky, P. Teteria, a Germanic emperor, a Turkish sultan, Polish and Swedish kings, and other foreign dignitaries. Exceptionally valuable is the large collection of books (over 6.5 thousand ones) chronicling the Acts of the caste, land, boundary and royal courts of Eastern Galicia during the XV-XVIII centuries.The oldest of them are the books of the Sanok Land Court (from 1423). They contain charters, revisions, and inventories of estates; protestations of Orthodox and Greek Catholic metropolitans, archbishops, and fraternities; documents about the rise of the Cossacks, insurgents of I. Mukha, S. Nalyvaiko, Khmelnytskyi Uprising, the liberation movement of the Opryshky, and the Haidamaky Rebellions; and documents the szlachta confederacies, wars, trade, commerce, agriculture, and the everyday life of the population during the Middle Ages and the Modern Era. The unique collection of the Lviv Dormition (Stauropigial) Fraternity (f. 129) is the only complete collection of documents of Ukrainian social organizations of the XVI-XVIII centuries. The archives of the Fraternity constitute detailed information about the history of the Orthodox Church from 1378, about the introduction of church union and the Gregorian calendar, about the relations between the Orthodox and the Lithuanian and Polish Protestants in the battle against the encroachment of Catholicism. There are numerous old documents of church history in the collections of institutions of various religious confessions: consistories, ordinariates, chapters, monasteries, and spiritual educational institutions. Among the pastoral letters and sermons are letters written by leaders of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, including those of A. Anhelovych, S. Lytvynovych, H. Iakhymovych, A. Sheptytsky and J. Slipyj. The collections of the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Armenian, Jewish, and Evangelical religious institutions offer an abundance of information about the lives of national and religious minorities. The oldest documents of this collection (Roman Catholic chapter in Lviv, f. 197) date back to 1417. The largest group of collections in the archives comes from the period of the Austrian and Austro-Hungarian Empire (1772-1918). The most important of them is the collection of the Galician lieutenantcy (f. 146) which contains over 200 000 files of 1772-1921. Irreplaceable sources for the study of economic and historical geography, agriculture, the composition and situation of the population and toponymy are the resources of the first territorial cadastres of Galicia - so called Iosyfinsky (f. 19) and Frantsyskansky (f. 20) Certificates from 1788 and 1820.Valuable supplements to these are cadastral maps and property inventory documents from the population settlements of the Regional Land Tax Comission (f. 186). In the funds of the agriculture-economic and financial institutions, such as the State Account (f. 187), Regional Financial Directorate (f. 160), Financial Chamber (f. 161), Galician Financial Prosecuting Magistracy (f. 159), the Land Tabula (f. 166) and others, are inventories of cities, villages, and estates, land property books about settlements, property inventories of churches, and monasteries, as well as other historical information about them. A massive amount of information about the social-political processes and national-liberation and revolutionary movements from the end of XVIII to the beginning of XX century can be found in the documents of the judicial institutes: Nobility Court in Lviv (f. 149), the High Regional court in Lviv (f. 150), Regional court in Lviv (f. 152), Appeal Court in Lviv (f. 156), State Prosecuting Magistracy in Lviv (f. 458), Prosecuting Magistracies Appeal Court in Lviv (f. 205), Lviv Division of General Prosecuting Magistracies of Poland in Lviv (f. 158). Revolutionary events in Galicia between the years 1848-1851 are revealed in the unique collections of documents from the Main Ruthenian Council in Lviv (f. 180). Documents about the period of liberation struggle in Ukraine are preserved in the collection of documents concerning the activities of the governments and armies of the UNR and ZUNR (f. 581), in the collection of the Ukrainian Sich Riflemen (USS) Legion (f. 353), of the internment camps in Łańcut (f. 753) and Kalisz (f. 673), as well as in the personal collections of state, political and army workers of Ukraine. A large amount of information is documented in numerous collections of cultural-educational institutions, organizations, and associations: the Taras Shevchenko Scientific Society (f. 309), the "Prosvita" society (f. 348), the "Ridna Shkola" (f. 206), the "Galician-Ruthenian Matytsia" (f. 148), and the "Ukrainska Besida" (f. 514). There are many collections in the archives about Ukrainian, Polish, Jewish, Armenian and German associations and organizations including women's, student and cultural-recreational associations which attest to the long history of coexistence among various national cultures in Galicia.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

"Tsentralnyi derzhavnyi istorychnyi arkhiv Ukrainy, m. Lviv:Putivnyk" [Central State Historical Archive of Ukraine, city of Lvov: Guide], eds. O. Hnievysheva, U.Iedlinska, D.Peltz, H. Svarnyk, I.Svarnyk, N. Franko, Lviv-Kiev 2001.

"Tsentralnyi derzhavnyi istorychnyi arkhiv Ukrainy, m. Lviv:Putivnyk" [Central State Historical Archive of Ukraine, city of Lvov: Guide], eds. O. Hnievysheva, U.Iedlinska, U. Krishtalovich, Lviv-Peremyshl 2003

"Centralne Państwowe Archiwum Historyczne Ukrainy we Lwowie: przewodnik po zasobie archiwalnym" [Central State Historical Archive of Ukraine, city of Lvov: Guide around the archival fond], ed. Anna Krochmal, Przemyśl 2005

Opening Times

Reading room is operating on:

Tuesday - Friday 9:00am -8:00pm; Monday, Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm

Sources

  • YV/ClaimsCon'06/online search