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Archive of the Archivalias of the Month of 2017

The online column Archivalia of the Month has been published since January 2011. Its purpose is to promote the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia and its archival holdings. Presented in the column are archival documents that are interesting visually and content-wise, as well as newly acquired documents or the ones that have so far been overlooked. Also published are documents relating to various anniversaries, current events and many more.

Below you will find the Archivalias of the Month of 2017.

All attachments and accessories are also included.

A portable radio station built into the standard Samsonite business end. | Author Arhiv Republike Slovenije

  • December 2017

    200 Years Since the Introduction of the Franciscean Cadastre

    On December 23, exactly 200 years ago, the Austrian Emperor Franz I signed the Land Tax Act (Grundsteuerpatent) and ordered the compilation of the Franciscean cadastre. Records created at that time and for that particular purpose are, of course, regarded as archives and as a European cultural monument, since they were the first of this kind in the whole of Europe. 

  • November 2017

    The Visit of Apollo 15 Astronauts in Slovenia

    Apollo 15 was the fourth manned mission to land on the Moon. The very successful space mission ended on August 7, 1971 and at the start of 1972 the astronauts of Apollo 15 and their wives set off on a European tour. In Yugoslavia they first stopped for a short visit in Belgrade and Zagreb, before coming to Slovenia where they stayed from January 27 to 31. 

  • October 2017

    Documents on the Search for Tito's Identity

    History knows of stories and personalities who never cease to captivate our imagination. Whether awakened by memories, publicists or other serious scientific work, such personalities instantly come to life whenever even the slightest fragment of archival material concerning them appears. Presented here are such fragments which provide an insight into the agonizing and persistent search of German authorities for the “phantom” leader of Yugoslav partisans.

  • September 2017

    »No Daughter, No Son Will Follow Me, Memory is Enough : Songs Sung of Me«

    In his poem titled My Monument, Valentin Vodnik (1758-1819), the Slovenian priest, poet, pedagogue, journalist and linguist, announced that he shall be remembered mostly for his poems. But the probate inventory reveals that after his death a number of other things were found, listed and valued in his apartment.

  • August 2017

    The Building of the New Bridge at the Church of St. John the Baptist by the Lake Bohinj

    The most typical and the most beautiful view that opens up to visitors of the Lake Bohinj is the view of the lake and the medieval church of St. John the Baptist located at the lake's eastern edge to which a stone bridge leads. It may appear that the sight has been there »forever«, but that is not so. 

  • July 2017

    Technology of the Yugoslav State Security Service's James Bond

    Around 1980, the State Security Service (SSS) embarked on improving the implementation and supervision of its radio communications. The number of the SSS secret missions abroad increased and so did the need to supervise radio communications of foreign police and of possible foreign agents. Extensive market research was done to purchase »prototypes«” of equipment that would enable secret communication with operating agents.

  • June 2017

    70 Years since the Start of the Construction of the Medvode Hydroelectric Power Station

    In addition to generating the much needed electrical energy, the construction of the Hydroelectric Power Station in Medvode had an impact on the general appearance of the region by building a dam across the river Sava and creating Zbilje Lake. This month's archivalia is dedicated to documents that bear witness to the construction of this power station in Medvode between 1947 and 1953. 

  • May 2017

    300 Years After. Empress Maria Theresia and Her 1748 Imperial Seal

    May 13, 2017 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of the Austrian Archduchess and Empress Maria Theresia, who ruled between 1740 and 1780. This months archivalia presents the powerful monarch with her imperial coat of arms and her ruler's title as depicted by the beautifully preserved seal attached to her 1748 charter.

  • April 2017

    Master Plečnik

    This year marks the 145th anniversary of the birth of the renowned Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik and the 60th anniversary of his death, which is why 2017 was declared as the Plečnik Year. Following Plečnik's death, a number of films were shot both in Slovenia and in the Czech Republic, celebrating the architect's life and work. Slovenian Film Archives (SFA) takes special pride in authentic film material and documentaries that depict Plečnik and his achievement and were shot during his lifetime. For this month’s archivalia we chose the artistic sound film Mojster Plečnik (Master Plečnik), directed in 1952 by Mirko Grobler to mark the famous architect’s 80th birthday. 

  • March 2017

    »On the 1st of August I Open, Even If We Have Nothing Else but a Single Chamber Pot!« (Dr. Josip Cholewa)

    Notes from the diary of Dr. Franc Novak about the work of the Banovina Institute for Research and Treatment of Tumors in Ljubljana are an extraordinary historical source. Through them a reader is able to perceive Dr. Novak as an ambitious co-founder of Slovenian oncology, and even more so as a dedicated and thorough chronicler of events and people involved in its formation. What is particularly interesting about his diary entries is that he added to them a number of documents.

  • February 2017

    »And Apart From All This There Are Also the Wolves /…/« or »Lupus homini lupus«

    Although it was recently discovered within the scientific project Slowolf that in Slovenia there hasn't been a case of wolf attacking humans for the last 100 years, the report written by the deputy representative of the Ribnica District Department of National Security paints a different story. Namely, in winter 1945 two members of OZNA had a rather unpleasant experience with wolves in the wooded hinterland of Ribnica.

  • January 2017

    The Rent-Roll for the Seigniory of Brdo pri Kranju (Egkh) and for the Estates of Naklo (Naclas) and Primskovo (Primskau)

    The rent-roll (Handurbar) for the seigniory of Brdo pri Kranju and for the estates of Naklo and Primskovo from the period 1705–1718 is one of the 21 rent-rolls currently kept by the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia (RS), which were compiled between ca. 1520 and 1782 for the core or the individual parts of these estates. Having been damaged so severely by bookworm and other causes that it was rendered almost unusable, the book was eventually "revived" by our colleagues at the Book and Paper Conservation Centre of the Archives of RS, which celebrated its 60th anniversary last year.