The State Archival Service of Ukraine is a national government agency that oversees the network of 2,677 institutions, including 9 central state archival institutions, 4 research centers, and 24 regional archives—among others. The agency is responsible for preserving and providing access to, 58 million items, receiving over 414,000 requests per year. More than 25,000 researchers visit its research rooms every year.
It is with great enthusiasm and awareness of the importance of the task that I began working on the entry dedicated to the national archive of the country where I was born, for the International Directory of National Archives. During my work, I learned about the history of the Ukrainian archives, the core functions of the national archives government agency, its physical and digital makeup, and the services it provides to the public and the government of Ukraine. A native ability to speak Ukrainian and Russian has been a helpful tool in my quest for the most up-to-date information about the archives for the IDNA entry. It allowed me to access the information not only on the official agency website but also in the online mass media and other publications describing the archives in Russian and Ukrainian languages. I am excited about having brought the draft to completion and look forward to seeing it in the new publication! ~Inna Gogina