R. Martseniuk, PhD in History, Chief Researcher

Branch State Archive of the Security Service of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine

ORCID: 0000-0002-4900-7110

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17721/1728-2640.2020.146.7


The purpose of the study is the presentation and introduction into scientific usage of archive-investigating case of the senior librarian, the head of the newspaper fund of the National Library of Ukraine, later the library of the Academy of Sciences of the Ukrainian SSR Pavlovskyy Petro Fedorovich (1889–1937). The case is now in the Branch State Archive of the Security Service of Ukraine. The article provides an analysis of the materials found and the systematization of information in an attempt to recreate the biography of one of the library staff repressed by the Soviet government. The research methodology consists in the application of research methods of sources to search and analyze the documentary historical sources, as well as in use of a problem-chronological approach to historical research, which allows not only to highlight certain biographical moments, but also to highlight events that were associated with the history of one of the largest libraries of Ukraine, while pointing to the activities of the Soviet punitive and repressive system in relation to the cultural heritage of the past. The scientific novelty is a practical significance in expanding the biography of P. F. Pavlovskyy with previously unknown data, as well as the enrichment of the personalistic history of Ukrainian librarianship in Kiev and in the whole Ukraine. In conclusion, this course of a biographical study can attract not only a wider range of archival documents, including those which are currently stored in the Branch State Archive of the Security Service of Ukraine, but also the return of a forgotten national history; can supplement and fill in some gaps in past studies particulary in biographical studies. Thus, the article reconstructs the biography of librarian P. F. Pavlovsky based on the archive-investigation case.

Keywords: Petro Fedorovych Pavlovskyy; archive-investigation case; Sectoral State Archive of the Security Service of Ukraine; political repression; National Library of Ukraine (VBU); Library of the Academy of Sciences of the Ukrainian SSR; newspaper fund; fire of 1935.

Received by the editorial board: 22.08.2020

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