Azerbaijan has 6 state archives with 15 branches, 1 state archive of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and 57 district and city archives and 1 restoration center. Total number of items stored in state archives is about 3.7 mln files (as of 01.01.2018).
Information on the Assessed Archives
The Archive of Political Documents under the Administration of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan was established in 1991 on the basis of Unified Party Archive, which existed since 1920 and was administered by the Central Committee of the Azerbaijan Communist Party until 1991, when the Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan Republic took over. Since 2009, the Archive was moved under the Presidential Administration under the above name. The Archive holds documents of the former Communist governmental organizations, personal archives of revolutionaries, public organizations, and the documents of the Presidential Administration. Statistics on the work of the Archive is unavailable.
Archive and Accounting Department of the Main Directorate of Operational and Statistical Information of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan
This institution, often referred to as the "Archive of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the AR" in the press, is responsible for the preparation and issuance of certificates on the rehabilitation of victims of illegal political repressions.
It was created in 1920, originally as the Department of Centralized Statistics of the AzGPU (Main Political Administration of the Az.SSR). In 1934-1972 - Special Department for Operational, Fingerprinting and Archival work of the NKVD (Ministry of Internal Affairs) of the Az.SSR. In 1972, the Information Center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (with management authority) of the Az.SSR was established.
After the restoration of independence of the Republic of Azerbaijan, according to the order of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan No. 228 of 04/22/1992, the Information Center was renamed the Department of Operational and Statistical Information of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. By the Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan No. 83 dated June 30, 2004, the status of this structure was increased to the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The Main Directorate of Operational and Statistical Information maintains a single centralized record of registered crimes, those persons who have committed or were suspected to have committed crimes, those who were accused or convicted, missing or evading civil obligations as well as stolen, lost and discovered firearms, wanted vehicles, etc.
There is a departmental archive at the Main Directorate of Operational and Statistical Information, in which the information about persons who were administratively repressed is preserved.
According to the administrative regulations, it prepares the archival certificates on political repressions and rehabilitation for issuance.