National Archives of Romania
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Bulevardul Regina Elisabeta nr. 49, Sector 5,
Blvd. Elisabeta, Nr. 49;
http://www.arhivelenationale.ro/ -- Language Romanian. An English language version is in the works.
+40-21-303.7080 ext. 10388 (for the Reading Room)
+40.21.312.5841 and +40.21.313.1838
secretariat [dot] an [at] mira [dot] gov [dot] ro
Schedule & hours
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Description of holdings
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History of the archive
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Catalogues & finding aids
A list of the archive's holdings available to researchers is available online.
http://www.arhivelenationale.ro/index.php?page=43&lan=0 (PDF Format. Romanian Language only)
Languages of materials
all materials are available in Romanian. Depending on the period studied, some material is available in other languages.
Restrictions & difficulties
The archives law insists on binding the folders into a "unit." this makes photocopying the material difficult. Special permission is required for access to unbound material.
Future of the archive
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Permitted and prohibited items
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- Permitted: laptops, digital cameras, phones (recommend you keep it on silent); pens and pencils, loose paper
after going through the catalogue, you order documents (10 folders per day for the duration of your stay) by filling out the necessary forms (available in the reading room). An explanation of the forms is available to researchers during orientation. materials are brought it two or three times a week from off site.
Ordering classified material
There is no classified material available to researchers. Collections that are not yet "open" can be seen with special permission from the archive director. Requests to the archive director need to be made in writing.
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Photocopying, photography, microfilming
Digital cameras are allowed and encouraged. The cost to use a digital camera is 5RON/day (approx. 2USD). There is no limit on the number of pages that can be photographed.
Copies of the documents can be ordered from the archive staff.
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The Archive director, appointed in 2007, is Dr. Dorin Dobrincu. Previously, he was a member of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Communism, also known as the Tismaneanu Commission. Under his leadership, the archives opened up most if not all of the documents of the Romanian Communist Party to researchers. He also changed the archive's rules to allow the use of laptops and digital cameras in the reading room.
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There is no cafeteria open to the public at the Archive. There is a coffee machine in the lobby. The price for a coffee was approximately 0.50USD. There are several restaurants within walking distance.
Lockers are available for researchers. You can discuss your needs with the reading room staff.
Washrooms are available on the first floor (ground floor) of the building. The women's room is on the left side of the staircase, the men's on the right.
no internet access is available at the archive.
Archive publications can be purchased from the reading room staff. There is a display case in the lobby.