Security Services Archive

Temporary Closure of the Siwiecova Study Room

Dear researchers,

We regret to inform you that the study room in Siwiecova will be out of operation from 11 August 2014 due to reconstruction work. After 22 August 2014, all archival materials will be available only at our second study room at Na Struze 3, Prague 1. As the capacities of our second study room are limited, we kindly ask you to book your visit for a particular date and time in advance. Feel free to contact us at the following e-mails: badatelna.struha@abscr.cz; badatelna.siwiecova@abscr.cz or by calling +420 221 008 132, 134, 286 or 472. The study room in Kanice, near Brno, will be closed from 4 to 15 August as already advised, but besides these terms its operation remains unchanged.

The reconstruction work will include roof repairs in some of the archive’s facilities. In connection hereto, we kindly ask you to be patient if some of your requests take time to process. Thank you for your understanding.

Published: 08.09.2014

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The main motive for the establishment of the Security Services Archive was to concentrate and expertly organize materials of all security services of the former totalitarian regimes in Czechoslovakia. Its qualified processing and rendering documents accessible to the wide circle of interested parties can decisively contribute to the comprehension of the mechanisms on which the Communist regime was built and help prevent biased explanations of historical events.

Pursuant to Act No. 181/2007 Coll., the Archive holds documents created by the activities of Security Services, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia and the organization of the National Front acting in these forces during the period from April 4, 1945 through February 15, 1990. The greatest number of archival materials (approx. 17 km) comes from the Department of Security Services of the Ministry of the Interior, while other materials (approx. 2 km) originate from a number of departments: the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic (including Military Intelligence), the Ministry of Justice, the Security Information Service, and the Office for Foreign Relations and Information.

Functions of the Security Services Archives

  • ensures access to and makes public documents and archival material concerning the security services;
  • ensures access to documents and archival materials and provides needed assistance and information to state bodies authorized to access security proceedings and to investigate according to the Act on the protection of classified information, to the Czech Republic’s intelligence services in the fulfillment of their duties, and to investigative, prosecuting and adjudicating bodies for the purposes of criminal proceedings;
  • facilitates the viewing of deposited archival materials based on the terms established by the Act on archival activity and record services and the Act on ensuring access to files of the ensuing activities of State Security (StB);
  • retrieves from the deposited archival material documents required by state administrative bodies, territorial self-administration units and legal and natural persons, and makes copies and transcripts thereof;
  • makes decisions regarding archival administrative procedures and record services.