Central State Archive of Literature and Arts of Ukraine

Historical information

The Central State Archive-Museum of Literature and Arts (hereinafter – TsDAMLM) of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic was founded on May 4-th 1966 by the Decree № 357, adopted by the Council of Ministers of the USSR on the proposal of the Archival Administration at the Council of Ministers of the USSR and creative unions of the republic. To realize this decision on May 13-th guidance of the Archival Administration at the Council of Ministers of the USSR took a decision to create two working groups. The first one, that consisted of S.D.Pilkevich (the guide), I.L.Butich, P.D.Kirichenko, M.G.Savchenko, I.J.Kosarev and delegates of the Ministry of culture and creative unions of the republic, had to explore the structure, states and other questions, connected with creation of TsDAMLM of the USSR, before June 1-st 1966. The second group, that consisted of M.I.Teslenko (the guide), V.S.Konovalova, M.O.Miserman, G.S.Rybalka and delegates of the Ministry of culture and creative unions of the republic, had to work out the Circumstance about archive-museum.

O.T.Gonchar as the chairman of the Union of Writers of Ukraine was taking an active participation in the process of creating TsDAMLM of the USSR. In his letter, dated March 5-th 1965 and addressed to the deputy chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR P.T.Tronko, he wrote: “It is necessary to build at the central district of Kiev State republic literature’s museum-store house with reading halls, safe rooms for conservation classical manuscript legacy, super modern book storages”. In the other letter, addressed to the chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR V.V.Scherbicky, Gonchar wrote: “The best variant is to use for museum the ancient building in the territory of the Saint Sophia’s conservation area, that is being occupied by the Central Historical Archive of the USSR (Volodimirsky street, 22-A). Guidance of the the Union of Writers of Ukraine asks the Council of Ministers of the Ukrainian SSR: 1) to accept the decision about creating the State Museum of Ukrainian Literature and Arts; 2) to affirm structure and states of the State Museum of Ukrainian Literature and Arts; 3) to fasten the building of the Central State Historical Archive of the USSR (Volodimirsky street, 22-A), that is being released for the State Museum of Ukrainian Literature and Arts”.

On July 27-th 1967 by the order of the head of the Archival Administration at the Council of Ministers of the USSR TsDAMLM of the USSR has being leading in operation on August 1-st 1967 and taking seats in the building of the Central State Historical Archive of the USSR in Kiev, Volodimirsky street, 22-A. By the memorised order L.A.Procenko had been appointed the director of the archive-museum. In that order there was also information that work of the administration of the archive-museum corresponds the Circumstance about the Central State Archive-Museum of Literature and Arts of the USSR, staffing had to be gradual within the limits of a state schedule in agreement with the Archival Administration at the Council of Ministers of the USSR.

Correspondingly to a state schedule, affirmed on July 31-st 1967, administrative and managing personal included 3 units, department of recruitment and calculation of documental materials – 4 units, department of funds – 3 state units. For further work of the institution according to the Decree of the Council of Ministers of the USSR № 451, dated August 27-th 1968, Archive Administration at the Council of Ministers of the USSR had to affirm the Circumstance about the Central State Archive-Museum of Literature and Arts of the USSR, that ought to be agreed with the Ministry of culture of the USSR and creative unions of the republic. In this Decree it’s indicated: to affirm, that all documental materials of Ukrainian literature’s and art’s workers will be kept in the Central State Archive-Museum of Literature and Arts of the USSR.

To finish the work, connected with the Circumstance about the archive-museum, on September 25-th 1968 S.D.Pilkevich entrusted I.L.Butich, M.G.Savchenko and L.I.Procenko to make a finish edition with consideration some notices and present it for affirmation before November 1-st. On November 28-th 1968 the Circumstance about the Central State Archive-Museum of Literature and Arts of the USSR was ratified by the order of the head of the Archival Administration at the Council of Ministers of the USSR S.D.Pilkevich, that was agreed with the Ministry of culture of the USSR and creative unions of the republic (writers’, composers’, architectures’, painters’ and cinema workers’).

Among first workers of TsDAMLM of the USSR in 1967 there were: S.D.Popel, M.I.Filonenko, K.I.Ermolaenko, S.I.Zabuzhko, I.S.Akopova, M.P.Novichenko, G.V.Pankivska, G.S.Mihnushova. During recruiting, that has become a main work in the archive-museum, 845 kilos of archive documents and 4236 book editions enlisted on the state conservation in 1967.

Since 1991, the year of proclamation the independence of Ukraine, the archive-museum began an active work on recruiting documents of Ukrainian diaspora’s representatives. Geography of literature and art connections of TsDAMLM of Ukraine attained borders of such close countries, as Russia, Latvia, Belorussia. Accept that it attained borders of far away countries: Australia, Brazil, USA, Canada, German, France, Great Britain, Czech, Bulgaria and others. During 15 years more than 60 personal funds were formed on the basis of documents, received from abroad.

Separate structural unit of TsDAMLM of Ukraine is “Literary and artistic Plyuty” department. Its address is Kiev region, Obuhivsky district, Plyuty village (former literature and memorial museum of playwright O.Korniychuk and writer V.Vasylevska).

From 1992 the archive has its modern name – the Central State Archive-Museum of Literature and Arts of Ukraine.