RSUH and SPbSU shared experience in working with documents of the War years

RSUH and SPbSU shared experience in working with documents of the War years

On May 15, the Conference “Documentary Heritage of the History of the Great Patriotic War: Features of the Formation and Use” was held online.

The conference included a number of topics: analysis of the activities of various institutions during the War, the laws of document flow in 1941-1945, the study of “military” newsreel compilations and other relevant presentations.

A presentation on the principles and methods for determining authenticity and reliability of film and photo documents on the history of the World War II was made by Dr. Lanskoy, Dean of the Faculty of Document Studies and Technotronic Archives. “This is a key issue,” he said. - There are two solutions. The first is the need to apply the same evaluation criteria to film and photo documents that are commonly used when dealing with written documents. The second way involves searching for an individual methodology for determining the reliability of film and photo documents, which also takes into account their emotional and aesthetic understanding. The initial method in the study of photo and film documents in any case is their classification. There are other proven methods. The degree of their objectivity is determined by whether the use of these methods presents an objective idea of ​​its information value.”

Dr. Konkova, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Document Studies and Technotronic Archives, presented a research on the award sheets of the 7th Air Regiment of the NKVD of the USSR for 1945.

Dr. Andreev, Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs, focused on the fate of the Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Regional Philharmonic during the War, and Dr. Galieva, Deputy Dean for Student Affairs, spoke on the activities of the Leningrad Institute of Railway Transportation.

Dr. Arkhipova, Chair of the Department of the History of State Institutions and Public Organizations of RSUH, spoke about the archival revolution and documents on the history of the RSFSR state apparatus in wartime.

Dr. Senin, Professor of the same department, presented the memoirs written by Kovalyov as a source of information on the history of railway transport in the prewar years, and Dr. Varlamova touched on the topic of standardization of documentation during the World War II.

In turn, Lada Parieva, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Documentation, Audiovisual and Scientific and Technical Archives, spoke on the topic of the features of documenting the activities of military command and control bodies during the war. Dr. Zhukova analyzed the military movie newsreels of 1941-1942 as part of the documentary heritage of the War.

The presentations of the colleagues from St. Petersburg State University were devoted to issues related to military operations near Leningrad and to the Siege period. Professor Vasilik (the Institute of History) spoke on the capabilities of the Medical Department of the Central Archive of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation in the research regarding the Battle for Leningrad. Professor Evgeny Ilyin turned to the legacy of the Ingria search squad, which collected documents and artifacts from this battle. Dr. Ivan Petrov spoke about sources for studying the activities of the Russian Orthodox Church on the occupied territory of the RSFSR in 1941-1944.

Organizers: Faculty of Documentation and Technotronic Archives of RSUH, St. Petersburg State University.