FONDS - PARTY ARCHIVE
(The Archive of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Georgian SSR)
On June 24th, 1922, the Central Committee of the Communist Party (b) of Georgia passed a resolution establishing the Istpart Commission, or Commission on Party History. Istpart’s function was to collect, academically process and publish materials on the history of Party organs in Georgia.
In late 1929, under the instructions of the All-Union Central Committee of the Communist Party (b), the Party History Institute established the Party Archive.
A Central Committee resolution passed on March 26th, 1930, formed local divisions of the central Party Archive, to which all Party and Young Communist League organs delivered their respective archival holdings.
On the basis of a resolution passed by the Central Committee of the Communist Party (b) of Georgia on February 23, 1932, the Historical-Revolutionary and Scientific-Research Institute of Stalin was formed in Tbilisi. In June 1934, the Institute became a branch of the Marx-Engels-Lenin Institute of the All-Union Central Committee of the Communist Party, and later the two merged completely. The Istpart archive, as well as the documents from the Central Committee local divisions, were transferred there. Between 1933 and 1937, the so-called Imeli (Istpart Marx-Engels-Lenin Inistitute) building was constructed on Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi, where the Party Archive was placed, and where it functioned until 2007.
Resolution №150, passed by the President of Georgia on April 5, 2007, moved the collection to the Archive Administration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia.
Today, the Party Archive boasts one of the biggest collections in Georgia - 8,300 fonds. These materials are invaluable to the study of Soviet and 20th century history.
Today, the Party Archive is one of the biggest archives in Georgia, preserving about 8,300 fonds. Archival fonds and materials are crucial to the study of Party history, as well as the history of the Young Communist League (Komsomol).
The Archive of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia
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