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Branch of films, photographs and sound-recording documents and insurance copies

Central national archive of films, photographs and sound-recording documents (CNA FPSR) was created in 1943 with the decision of ASSR Commissars of Council of People.
The archive was meant to collect, put under state maintenance and put into large scientific circulation valuable films, photographs, and sound-recording documents concerning the history of the Armenian people. With N611 decision of the RA government of 6 December 1993 and with N326 order of minister of the RA culture, of 8 December 1993, the archive was reorganized into National film library of Armenia. With N1237 decision of the RA government of 4 August 2005 the film library was reorganized into a branch of films, photographs and sound-recording documents and insurance copies of the National Archive of Armenia.
The branch has the following structure:
a) administration
b) department of providing maintenance and registration
c) department of supplementation, usage and creation of ISS (information Searching System)
d) laboratory
e) economic department
The theme of films, photographs and sound-recording documents maintained in the branch is diverse. In the sense of chronology mostly there are photographs maintained in the archive. The oldest photographs refer to the 2nd part of the 19th century. Those are fragments of historical Armenia from the ethnography of the Armenian population in different regions, from their daily routine, national liberation movement against Turkish yoke, as well as photographs of leaders of that movement and of outstanding public persons of national culture.
The numerous photographs representing the beginning of the 20th century concern the economy of the country (handicraft enterprises, mining plants in Kapan and Alaverdi mine factories in Yerevan, small handicraft enterprises in Alexandrapole etc). A group of photographs maintained in the branch is dedicated to the Armenian national liberation movements of 1914-1920.
Photo documents of soviet period reflect the creative work done by the workers of the republic to restore the economy of the country, its industrialization, during the first five years of collectivization and in other phases of socialistic construction.
Numerous photo albums maintained in the branch reflect the history of people’s house of Yerevan, chemical conglomerate after Kirov, Armelectrofactory, chemical conglomerate of Kirovakan, textile conglomerate of Leninakan, the construction of towns and villages in the republic, daily life of separate collective farms, elimination of earthquake results, the military way of Armenian divisions during the Great Patriotic War, the success of Armenian sportsmen, as well as life and activity of famous artists, writers, poets, military servicemen. The photo documents are used by social-political organizations, creative companies and unions.
Chronicle-documentary and feature films, special editions, film-magazines and various annalistic film documents of state production are preserved in the branch.
The oldest films maintained in the archive are: ‘’The Expedition of John Horbard in Armenia’’ (1920) documentary, ‘’Namus’’ (1925), ‘’Zare’’ (1926), ‘’Shor and Shorshor’’ (1926), ‘’Evil Spirit’’, (1927), ‘’Khaspush’’ (1927) and other mute feature films.
There are revolutionary, state-party documents maintained in the branch, also the following chronicle-documentary films dedicated to military and cultural persons life and activity: ‘’Suren Spandaryan’’, ‘’Sargis Kasyan’’, ‘’Marieta Shahinyan’’, ‘’Admiral Isakov’’, ‘’Varlam Avanesov’’, ‘’Ghukas Ghukasyan’’, ‘’Marshal of Aviation’’, ‘’Nelson Stepanyan’’ etc.
In the sound library of the branch there are thousands of magnetic records and discs which reflect the social, political and cultural life of the Armenian people.
Chronicle-documentary records are maintained denoted to the 2750th anniversary of Yerevan, the opening of Storage Lake of Kotayk, Lenin medal awards and other anniversaries, other notable events. In the sound-library one can listen to sound records of speeches of party and state persons such as K.E. Voroshilov, A. I. Mikoyan, Marshal H. K. Bagramyan, academicians H. A. Orbeli, V. H. Hambardzumyan, famous Armenian writers Av. Isahakyan, E. Charents, N. Zaryan, P. Sevak, H. Shiraz, S. Kaputikyan and many others.
Here are maintained many folk songs collected from different regions of the country by Kh. S. Kushnaryov, such as ‘’Mernem Janid’’, ‘’Manan Jan’’, ‘’Hres Ekan Selery’’, ‘’Voghb’’, ‘’Hayrenik’’, ‘’Voske Mazer’’, ‘’Mi Tsar em Tsirani’’, ‘’Oror’’, ‘’Horovel’’, ‘’Nakhshun Acher’’, ‘’Sev Mut Amper’’ and other folk songs and the best works of outstanding Armenian composers and records of their highly artistic performances.
In the document structure of the branch a special place is given to the theme of participation of the Armenian people to the Great Patriotic War. In this group of materials in the sense of original source are highly valued photographs and documentaries filling the pages of chronology of feat of arms of the Armenian shooting divisions (76th, 89th, 408th, 409th), heroic activity in the back, unprecedented heroic deeds of the Armenian soldiers.
There are a great number of films, photographs and sound recording documents which throw a light upon the activity of the RA state bodies, the preparation and passing of elections of state government high and local bodies, maintained in the archival depository.
Diverse photographs, films and sound-recording documents collected in the branch not only reflect the political, social-economic and cultural life of the Armenian nation, but also give a certain idea of levels of development of photography, cinematography and music since the 20s up our days.  

 0033,RA,Yerevan,25a,Tbilisi highway,
tel.,(37410)24-68-13



 

 




 



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