On Thursday the 31st of October 2019, the Archives of Vojvodina signed a protocol of cooperation with the Museum of the Slovak National Uprising from Banska Bistrica (Slovak Republic) at the Archives of Vojvodina.
On behalf of the Archives of Vojvodina, Director Nebojša Kuzmanović signed the protocol, while on behalf of the Museum of the Slovak National Uprising, the protocol was signed by the Director of this institution, Stanislav Mičev.
At a meeting which took place between the representatives of the Archives of Vojvodina and the Museum of the Slovak National Uprising, the participants of the meeting were: Stanislav Mičev, the Director of the Museum of the Slovak National Uprising, Karol Gursky, Head of the Department of the General Director of the Museum of the Slovak National Uprising; Dr. Nebojša Kuzmanović, Director of the Archives of Vojvodina, Kristijan Obšust, social anthropologist and archaeologist (Coordinator for the international and interdisciplinary cooperation), Dr. Dragana Katić, Head of the Department for Depot Services and Sanja Gavrilović, Head of the Department for Arranging and Processing New Archival Records.
During the meeting, the Slovak delegation was introduced to the main activities as well as the project activities of the Archives of Vojvodina, whereby the guests from Slovakia visited the archival Laboratory, the depots, the Department for Digitization and Microfilming as well as the Unification Museum.
The signing of the cooperation protocol includes several different aspects:
- Research of the F. 183 fond of the Archvies of Vojvodina was conducted by both parties, or more specifically the part of the fond that deals with the crimes committed by the occupiers and their assistants against the people of Slovak nationality. As a result of the mutual research, an agreement was made concerning the publishing of a collection of works whereby the publishers would be the Archives of Vojvodina and the Museum of the Slovak National Uprising. The creation of a specially themed internet platform, which will contain digitized archival documentation in the Slovak language with translations into Serbian, was also agreed upon. Support was given to this international project by the Minister of Culture of the Slovak republic Mrs. Ľubica Laššáková at a meeting held at Banska Bistrica in August this year, when the delegation of the Archives of Vojvodina (Dr. Nebojša Kuzmanović, Kristijan Obšust and Vladimir Mučibabić), at the invitation by the Minister, attended the national holiday celebrating 75 years since the Slovak national uprising.
- Professional training and education will be provided to the Archives of Vojvodina by the Center for Digitization, that is part of the Museum of the Slovak National Uprising, whereby the focus will be digitization of archival documents from the fonds of the Archives of Vojvodina. The aforementioned Center is currently one of the most modern and most successful centers for digitization in the world.
Apart from this, mutual cooperation will be implemented through the exchange of researchers, mutual publishing and exhibitional activities, through organizing mutual conventions, educational workshops and conferences as well as through professional training and educational activities that the Museum of the Slovak National Uprising will provide to the Archives of Vojvodina with a focus on restoration and conservation of archival records.
After the meeting, Dr. Nebjoša Kuzmanović and Kristijan Obšust organized, for the Slovak delegation, a visit to the sacred place of the Slovak Evangelical Church in Novi Sad, as well as a visit to the grave of Igor Rastislav Štefanik that is located in the Lutheran part of the Futog Cemetery in Novi Sad.