The branch of social-political documents of National Archive of Armenia (NAA) was founded on 14 May, 1923,
when the secretary ship of Central Committee of Communist Party of Armenia (CPA) decided to organize the archive of the party which a year later was renamed into General archive of the Central Committee. In 1936 it was already called Central Archive of the Party.1938 – the Archive of the party already worked in the structure of the institute of Party history of the CPA Central Committee.1939 December 22 – the institute of the party was abolished and the archive of the party worked with 7 co-workers attached to the CPA Central Committee.
1947 September 23 – Institute of history of the party is organized attached to the CPA Central Committee Armenian branch of Institute of Marxism-Leninism attached to the all-union Communist party. The archive of the party starts its activity under the supervision of the institute.1991 – connected with liquidation of the CPA, the RA Central state archive of documents of the RA social-political organizations is established.2003 – With the joining of the RA Central State archives NAA is established, the archive is reconstructed into NAA department.
398 funds, 804883 dossiers, 1855-2003
Photograph documents – about 1300 dossiers.
Documents maintained in the social-political department (SPD) of the NAA (former central state archive of the RA social-political documents, archive of party of Armenian branch of Institute of Marxism-Leninism attached to Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) Central Committee) may be divided into the following thematic groups:
1. Group of documents concerning revolutionary, communist and liberating movements in the RF, Transcaucasus and Armenian, as well as their leaders (1855-1920).
Here different reports, fleetings, appeals, materials of personal character are collected. A certain part of documents of this thematic group was discovered in central and local archives of Moscow, St. Petersburg and other places by workers of archives of the party during the soviet period and in the SPD copies of documents concerning Armenia are preserved.
Documents of this group represent memoirs of Bolsheviks and personal files. Especially important subgroups are documents concerning assertion of Soviet System in Armenia.
2. Group of documents of parties of social-democratic and Armenian traditional trend formed up to 1920.
Here are collected documents of Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF), Social Democratic ‘’Hnchakyan’’ party, Armenian National Party, Armenian Liberal Democratic Party, Social-Revolutionarists’ Party, Armenian Social – Democratic organizations – specifics, with private funds of founders – D. Ananuni, B. Ishkhanyan, G. Kozikyan. Here are records, decisions, formulae, letters of governing bodies of those parties, which play an important role in the national liberation movement and in the Armenian reality for studies of history spreading the socialistic ideology.
3. Group of documents of the Communist Party of Armenian (CPA).
The largest and the most valuable fund of SPD is the complex fund of CPA Central Committee (F.1, 1920-2003, about 53.000 dossiers, 105 lists).
Here are collected personnel dossiers (33.000) and documents of party high and governing bodies, as well as of institutions and organizations dependant of ACP Central Community and controlled by it. There are documents of ACP congresses, ACP Central Committee plenary sessions, reports of Bureau and Secretary-ship, documents of ACP Central Community departments concerning party, political, economic, scientific and cultural questions, systematized and separated by years.
A component of this group are documents of ACP municipal, provincial, regional committees, and all institutions and original party organizations of ASSR as well as all the dossiers of CPSU membership reception.
A subgroup of documents of communist organizations should be added to the theme of this group, which existed before the formation of CPA (1920). Here are collected documents of ‘’Spartak’’ youth organization, sections attached to communist parties of CPA (1918).
4. Private funds group CPSU and CPA outstanding Armenian individuals.
Here are collected private funds of S. S. Spandaryan, S. G. Shahumyan, A. F. Myasnikyan, S. I. Kasyan, A. H. Mravyan, S. M. Ter-Gabrielyan, A. M. Melikyan, B. B. Gharibyan, R. P. Katanyan, S. M. Khanoyan, S. K. Alaverdyan, S. G. Muselyan, H. N. Azatyan.
Documents of famous communists (B. M. Knynyants, A. I. Mikoyan, H. S. Sarukhanyan, etc) concerning revolutionary activity should be added to this group which are now kept in a joint list.
5. Group of ALYCL documents.
Here, documents of departments, reports of Bureau, ALYCL congresses, ALYCL Central Committee plenary sessions, documents of ALYCL municipal, provincial and regional committees, documents of original YCL organizations are collected. It is remarkable that from the very beginning ALYCL documents were an inseparable part of ACP Party archive.
6. Group of documents of contemporary parties and organizations.
Here are collected documents and materials of newly formed parties in the RA, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), trade unions, documents and materials of native, cultural, sports unions.
Since 1992 SPD department is supplemented with materials of those institutions and there are archive documents of about 25 such institutions under state maintenance (e.g. Republic Party of Armenia, National Self – Determination Union, Armenian National Movement, ‘’Artsakh-Armenia’’ National Union etc.) should be added to this group.
7. Group of photographs and micro tape documents.
Here are collected photo documents (individual and group) (not totally) reflecting the party-organizing activity of ACP and concerning important events in ASSR history.
Thousands of photographs of public figures are maintained in private dossiers of Bolsheviks. An important part of this group are micro tapes of valuable documents concerning the history of the Armenian people in ASSR Central Committee current archive and in Central archives of the former USSR.
0033,59, Bagramyan pr.,Yerevan,RA