BULGARIA - 80.04 %

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  • Archive of the State Security Commission of Bulgaria - 78.18%
  • The Central State Archive of Bulgaria - 81.90%

The subjects of archives in Bulgaria are the documents of state and not state institutions and physical persons to the Liberation (1878) till nowadays, that has general sense and scale of activity.

In the Central State Archives (CSA) are preserved documents concerning Bulgarian history during the last 120 years. Separated funds involve also the Revival period. During 1993 here come in documents till 1989 (without the internal party records) of Central party archives at the Central committee of Bulgarian communist party.

CSA consists of seven departments: "Old archives", "New archives", Party archives and public organizations", "Private funds", "Documents concerning the Bulgarian history preserved in foreign archival depositories", "Accounts, preservation and use" and "Automation".

Near 1 November 2003 its funds availability amounts to: 2 163 office funds, 1 782 private funds and 1 738 partial receipts.

In CSA are preserved:


Legislative, executive and legal power bodies - Monarchical institute, Regency, Presidency of People's Republic of Bulgaria, People's Republic of Bulgaria President's administration, National assembly, Council of Ministers, Ministries, Supreme court, Main prosecutor's office, committees, directions and other high and central bodies of state power and rule. Here are the originals of artistic make relics of the Third Bulgarian state - The Tirnovo constitution /1879/ and the Manifest for the Bulgarian independency proclamation /22nd September 1908/.

Finance and economic institutions - Bulgarian national bank /BNB/ and other large banks, insurance companies and institutions, joint-stock companies, factories, economic combines, state-economic units, trade companies, foreign trade organizations, designer's organizations etc.

Cultural, educational and scientific institutions - National theater, National opera and ballet, Sofia state philharmonic, publishing houses and editor's offices, studios, National bibliotheca, research institutions /out of Bulgarian academy of sciences/, etc.

Religious institutions - Bulgarian exarchate, Holy synod of Bulgarian orthodox church, Bachkovo and Troyan monasteries, Main office of a mufti, Central consistory of Jews.


Political parties - Bulgarian communist party in her 100 years history; old political parties since the end of 19th c. - Democratic and Liberal parties, the Emigrant government of Bulgarian agricultural popular union (BAPU), Democratic agreement; and after the World war two - BAPU, BAPU "Nikola Petkov", Central committee of Popular union "Zveno", National committee of Fatherland front, etc.

Organizations, connected with the Bulgarian's struggle for national liberation and union - Inside Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (IMRO), IMRO (united), Union of Macedonian volunteers, etc.


Social-political workers - V.Radoslavov, K.Stoilov, general R.Petrov, D.Stanchov, Iv.Evstr. Geshov, general N.Gekov, Al,Stamboliyski, A.Liapchev, N.Mushanov, Gr.Vassilev, D.Peshev, Iv.Bagrianov, G.Dimitrov, V.Kolarov, V.Chervenkov, A.Iugov, T.Zivkov, St.Todorov, Gr.Philipov etc.

Workers of national-liberating and unifying movement - St. Zaimov, N. Obretenov, Iv.Andonov, G.Delchev, M.Gerdjikov, T.Alexandrov, Al.Protogerov, etc.

Economic workers - Varbitza sultans Geray, Gumushgerdan family, Evl.&Hr. Georgievi, Geshovi family, Tapchileshtov family, N.Stoyanov, etc.

Cultural, scientific and technical workers - P.K.Iavorov, P.U.Todorov, K.Hristov, Vl.Vassilev, Al.Balabanov, D.Krapchev, Dora Gabe, Elisaveta Bagriana, G.Kazarov, P.Dinekov, Iar.Veshin, Vl.Dimitrov-Maistora, A.Nikolov, V.Zahariev, K.Shtarkelov, Hr.Brambarov, L.Prokopova, Hr.Morphova - Lukash, N.O.Massalitinov, Hr.Tzankov, Iv.Popov, S.Ognianiov, K.Kissimov, architect Iv.Vassiliov, architect N.Nikolov, engineer N.Beshkov, etc.

Representatives of church clergy - Exarch Josef, Patriarch Cyril, metropolitan M.Kusevich, etc.

This massif includes: laws, decrees, ordinances, directions, decisions, rules, regulations, instructions, circular letters, orders, reports, protocols, accounts, plans, budgets, agreements, contracts, official and private correspondence, manuscripts of scientific and artistic works, memoirs, dairies, posters, placards, scientific-technical documentation, photographs, sound-recording, movies, sound-recorders, electronic and other documents in the original or copies.

CSA is national depository also for copies of documents concerning Bulgarian history away from foreign archival depositories, acquired after of many years research to the part of Bulgarian researchers. They fill the emptiness in the domestic spring base concerning entire periods from the Middle Ages, the Ottoman rule and the most modern times. Isolated on countries in 39 collections, CSA disposes with almost 3,5 millions frames of documents, discovered in archival depositories and libraries in USA, Austria, Russia, Great Britain, France, Germany, Vatican etc. As quantity the most numerous are the copies of documents from the end of 19th c. and from the last century. They refer to entire spectrum of Bulgarian's inter-governmental relationships. In the framework of the massif in question are formed also collections of copies of unique old charts /historical and geographical/ and old navigation maps to 14th till 19th centuries: Slavs, Greeks, Latin, Ottoman Turkish, Western European and other manuscripts


Bulgarian State Security Archive, controlled by a special Committee (Thus the official name of the institution is Archive of the Committee for Disclosure of the Documents and Announcing Affiliation of Bulgarian Citizens with the State Security and the Intelligence Services of the Bulgarian National Army) Depending on the accessibility, documents in this archive are divided in there categories:

1. The Committee collects and makes public all the archives of the former repressive institutions. The inventories and working documents, created by different branches of that repressive system, are accessible as regular archives and their inventories are on the web-site of the Committee. 

This does not apply, however, to the personal files of officers, agents and objects of the State Security. 

2. The other task of the Committee is to check and publicly announce certain groups with high public status for affiliation of their members to the State Security. If a certain individual is checked and announced as agent or officer, his/her file is public and accessible to anyone. This already is huge amount of information, since approximately 150 000 people have been checked, and about 8000 of them were announced as State Security agents or officers. This information and relevant files are accessible to anyone.

3. The third category consists of people, who were not checked and objects/ victims of the State Security. The information for them is regarded as personal and is accessible only for them or their relatives. 



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State / Central Archives - 1
Regional And Departmental Archives - 6