Central Scientific Archive of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus

Since 2021 as a part of Center for the History of Science and Archival Affairs.

Contact information: Minsk, Niezaliežnasci Avenue, 66, room. 432;
tel. +375173782287; E-mail: arhivnan@gmail.com
Fund for Archaeological Research
documentation (FAND) CNA
NAS of Belarus:


Minsk, Akademičnaja str., 1, room. 225; +375172700554

Organized in the early 1930s. Throughout its history, the academic archive has been reorganized several times and changed subordination, being alternately a structural subdivision of the Fundamental Library of the Academy of Sciences of the BSSR and the Office of the Presidium of the Academy of Sciences of the BSSR. Since December 1987, the Central Scientific Archive has been an independent scientific and methodological subdivision of the Institute of History. Since January 2021, it has been a member of the Center for the History of Science and Archives of the Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. During its existence, the archive was headed by A. S. Tsygankov (1952–1972), M. I. Byalov (1972–1996), M. M. Smolyaninov (1996–2007), A. U. Shinkevich (2007–2008), M. Yu. Gleb. (2008–2020).

To date, the archives are:
Head of Archives:
Dmitry Krent

Rafalik Mikhail Vladimirovich, junior researcher.
Maxim Nikolaevich Denisov, archivist;
Kirill Igorovich Shikunets, archivist.


The main activities of the archive:

  • Acceptance and submission for archival accounting of materials of structural divisions and organizations of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus;
  • Providing methodological assistance to organizations of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus in organizing the administrative process;
  • Organization of work on the use of archive documentary materials for social, legal, cultural, educational and scientific purposes;
  • Creation and improvement of accounting and scientific reference documentation for archival funds.

As of January 1, 2022, there are 103 funds and 58,948 items in the archive. The chronological framework of the main body of documents is 1922–2018. (there are separate documents chronologically related to the 18th-19th centuries). Most of the documents are presented by reports of institutes, other institutions and divisions of the Apparatus of the Presidium of the Academy of Sciences. The most valuable materials are those deposited in the interwar period. Most of these materials are stored in funds No. 1 (Presidium), 3 (Institute of History), 14 (Institute of Economics), 23 (Institute of Biology), 54 (Institute of Agricultural Soil Science), 62 (Publishing House “Science and Technology”), 67 (Institute Belarusian Culture), 68 (Commission for the Study of Western Belarus), 72 (Institute of National Minorities), etc. There are a number of personal funds of Belarusian scientists, whose scientific and service activities were closely connected with the Academy of Sciences. As of January 1, 2022, personal funds of Academician Yu. M. Pertsava (F. 3a), Academician B. I. Stepanov (F. 114), Candidate of Historical Sciences M. Yu. Tokarov (F. 3e). Materials of personal origin of Academician A. V. Lykov (materials included in fund No. 56 “Engineering and Physical Journal”) and Academician M. M. Sirat (materials included in fund No. 46) are not allocated to separate funds, but are of undoubted interest . on materials science”). The collection of personal files (F. 2), numbering more than 20,000 items, has a significant information potential.
Since 2014, a unique repository of documentary materials on the history of archaeological research in Belarus – the Fund for Archaeological Scientific Documentation (the former Archive of Archaeological Scientific Documentation of the Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus) has been transferred to the archive. As of June 1, 2021, the FUND accounted for 5448 conservation units for 1924-2017. The materials of the fund are represented by archaeological reports, field diaries, manuscripts of individual works on the archeology of Belarus and administrative and economic documentation of the structural subdivisions of the archaeological profile of the Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. The fund includes a number of personal funds of Belarusian archaeologists, which, however, require additional archival processing.