Currently, there are 65 state archives in the Kyrgyz Republic: 3 central, 8 regional (2 in Osh oblast), 53 district and city archives, and 1 territorial archive (Suusamyrsky in Chui oblast).
In the archives of permanent storage there are 17,142 funds with more than 3.5 million paper based items. In addition, more than 16 thousand movies, 85 thousand photos, more than 6 thousand audio and more than 200 video items are stored.
Information on the Assessed Archives
Central State Archive of the Kyrgyz Republic. The history of the archive begins in March 1927, when the Archival Bureau of the Regional Executive Committee of the Kyrgyz Autonomous Region was renamed as the Central Archive. The staff of the Central Archives consisted of only two employees. Their activities included revealing of archive materials, accounting and acquisition. By March 1928, 1,500 items had been received for storage in the Central Archives. On February 11, 1929, the Central Executive Committee of the Kyrgyz Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic approved the Statute on the Central Archives on the Rights of Independent Management, according to which, the organization, direct management and control over the activities of archival institutions throughout the republic were entrusted to the Central Archives. As early as October 1929, there were 439 fonds in state storage in the republic, amounting to 40,591 items.
The archive in the Central Archives Office existed until 1939. In 1938, all the archival institutions of the country were transferred to the jurisdiction of the People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs of the USSR. In May 1939, the Central Archives Department was reorganized into the Archival Department of the NKVD of the Kirghiz SSR and the Central State Archives (CGA) by the order of the NKVD of the Kyrgyz SSR.
After the transformation of the Archival Department of the NKVD into the Archives Department under the Council of Ministers of the Republic in the Central Archive of the Republic in 1964, a number of new departments were created, such as a department for scientific and technical processing on a self-supporting basis, a microfilming laboratory, restoration and binding of documents.
To date, the Central State Archive remains the largest and leading archive in Kyrgyzstan. It is the most important information resource of the republic. More than 500,000 items have been collected and stored here, with documents reflecting the history of Kyrgyzstan since the middle of the 19th century.
Information and statistics about the Archives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic are not publicly available. The archive does not have a website and is closed for researchers.
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