Subject: Belarus Records in Vilna Archives
From: "David M. Fox" <fox@...
Date: Sat, 03 Mar 2001
On March 1, the JGSGW called a special meeting to hear Kahlile Mehr, the
FHL Collection Development Specialist for the countries of the former
Soviet Union, give an update on filming efforts. Those of you you
attended the IAJGS Conference in Salt Lake City last July may have heard
Kahlile at that time. He is the person who recommends what is to be film
in the archives Vilna, Grodno, and Minsk as well as those in the Ukraine
and other FSU countries.
He announce that the filming of Jewish vital records in the Vilna
archive had been completed, but that they had not all been catalogued
yet and therefore were not available for viewing in the FHCs. It could
be several months before this happens. I asked him about the filming of
Revision Lists in the Vilna archive and he said that the FHL planned to
film these also, but would not commit to a time when this would be
Mr. Mehr said there were two FHL cameras in Belarus at this time. One
was in Grodno and the other in Minsk.
The FHL pays the Belarus National Historical Archives xx cents per
frame and provides them with a copy of the microfilm.
David M. Fox
Arnold, MD USA
Belarus SIG Coordinator