Venue and date of opening:Archives of Yugoslavia, Belgrade, December 16, 2019
Exhibition opened by: Ivica Dačić, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia
Organisation: Archives of Yugoslavia and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia
Authors of the exhibition: Dragan Teodosić, Zorica Avramović-Živković, Ranka Rađenović, Jasenka Janković i Ranko Marković
Information provided in: catalogue PDF, poster
Exhibition “ Hundred Years of Diplomatic Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia”, consists of seven big parts dealing with: organization and work of the Main Archives and Historic Department until 1941 and Historic Department/Diplomatic Archives from 1945; Preservation and storage of archival material; researches and researchers who researched material in the Main Archives /Historic Department; work in search of archival material of the Ministry taken away during the Second World War; Archival legislation; Work in the Library of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the buildings that in the past used Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Original documents present organization of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, diplomatic representatives and consulates of the Kingdom of Serbs Croats and Slovenes; appointment of Ivo Andric Secretary in the Ministry of Labor for the work in the Main Archives 1924.; appointment of Dr. Vojislav M.Jovanović ‘ Marambo” University Professor, Chief archivist of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; material concerning further internal organization of the main Archives in the course of twenties and thirties of the XX century; dismissal of Vojislav M. Jovanović Marambo from the position of the Chief of the Main Archive with Rajko Vintrović, Ivan Gerasimović and again Marambo in the course of thirties – especially pointed out by original decrees of appointment, minutes of handover and photos of the Head of the Main Archives; preparation of the History Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a case of outbreak of war by the end of thirties and forties.
Work of History Department / Diplomatic Archives after 1945 is presented through material of restoration of the work of the Historic Department of the Ministry: Decision of Josip Broz Tito of appointment Marambo Head of the Department; work of the Department under the leadership of Marambo in the course of the second decade of the forties; moving of Diplomatic Archives in Dubrovnik in the beginning of fifties and work on its reorganization on its return to Belgrade by the end of the fifties and the beginning of the sixties; storage plan for the archival material prepared by Života Antić, archivist and historian and later Head of the Diplomatic Archive for a long time. Special material is one dealing with the arrangement of the archival material and other material in the Main Archives/Historic Department in the period from 1924 to 1931 such as nomination of the Commission for Arrangement of old archival material where among the others was Milos Crnjanski. Materials presenting development of the ideas for preservation and storage of the archival material in the main Archives/ Historic Department/Diplomatic Archives such as various instructions and rule books for managing storage of the archival material, providing physical conditions for its safe storage in the file cabinets and shelves for material, fire distinguishing apparatus, safety doors and windows, adaptation of the building for storage of archival material and etc.
Slobodan Jovanović, Vaso Čubrilović, Kosta Manojlović are just a few of numerous famous researchers who had been researched in the Main Archives, their requests and permissions with the material about engagement of Vladimir Ćorović on the research on responsibility for the outbreak of the First World War present part of the researched material and researchers in the Main Archive/History Department/Diplomatic Archives.
Search for the archival material of the Ministry that was gone during the war, taken by German occupation forces, is important part of the exhibition. Outlined is disappearance of the material that Yugoslav delegation had created to submit it to the Vienna Archives and original Agreement is of special importance on submission of manuscripts, singed between Direction of Austrian State Archives in Vienna and Yugoslav Delegation of July 20, 1948. Part of material presents work of the Main Archives/History Department concerning enactment of archival legislation in the course of the thirties and the forties; as well as work on adaptation of the Library of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of SRS/ Yugoslavia, where unrealized project of ex Libris for the library of the Ministry having exception value, work of Jevrem Gerasimovic from 1938, is singled out. The last segment of exhibition contain photographs and drawings of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs/ from the sixties of the XIX century till the Second World War.
The exhibition was realized by using archival material stored in the Archives of Yugoslavia and Diplomatic Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia.