Abbreviations & Archives

Author: Nicholas Terry
Our blog posts are based on extensive research in archival files, document editions and the published literature. While we try to explain all abbreviations, sometimes we forget. This list of abbreviations also covers the references to our 2011 white paper on Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka and serves as an index of archives (physical and digital) we have or will use in our posts and white papers, or which are frequently cited in the literature.

We'll add a list of frequently used acronyms and shortened forms found in references in due course to this page.
  1. AAN - Archiwum Akt Nowy, Archive of New Files, Warsaw
  2. AFSB - Arkhiv FSB (oblast), a provincial FSB archive, Russia
  3. AIPN - Arkhiv Instytyt Pamieci Narodowej Institue of National Memory, Warsaw, previously known as AGK, Archiwum Głównej Komisji Badania Zbrodni Przeciwko Narodowi Polskiemu - Instytutu Pamieci Narodowej, Archives of the Central Commission for the Investigation of the Crimes against the Polish People – Institute of National Memory
  4. APL - Archiwum Państwowe w Lublinie, State Archive in Lublin
  5. APŁ - Archiwum Państwowe w Łodzi, State Archive in Łódź
  6. APP - Archiwum Państwowe w Poznaniu, State Archive in Poznań
  7. APMA-B or APMO - Archiwum Państwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau/Oświęcim, Archive of the State Museum at Auschwit-Birkenau/Oświęcim
  8. APMM - Archiwum Państwowego Muzeum na Majdanku, Archive of the State Museum at Majdanel
  9. APMS - Archiwum Państwowe Muzeum Sztuthof, Archive of State Museum of Stutthof
  10. ASBU - Arkhiv SBU (oblast) archive of SBU, Ukraine
  11. AŻIH – Archiwum Żydowskiego Instytutu Historycznego, Archive of the Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw
  12. BArch - Bundesarchiv, aka German Federal Archive (Berlin)
  13. BAL - Bundesarchiv, Zweigstelle Ludwigsburg,  archive of the former Zentrale Stelle
  14. BArch DH - Bundesarchiv, Zwischenarchiv Dahlwitz-Hoppegarten
  15. BA-MA - Bundesarchiv-Militärarchiv, Federal Military Archive, Freiburg
  16. BDC - Berlin Document Center, microfilm copies available at NARA
  17. BStU -  Bundesbeauftragte für die Stasi-Unterlagen,  East German Stasi Archives
  18. CDJC - Centre de documentation juive contemporaine, Centre of Contemporary Jewish Documentation, Paris
  19. DALO - Derzhavnyi arkhiv Lvivskoi oblast, Lviv Region State Archive
  20. DAZhO - Derzhavnyi arkhiv Zhytomyrskoi oblasti, Zhytomyr Region State Archive 
  21. GARF - Gosudarstvennoi Arkhiv Rossiiskoii Federatsii State Archive of the Russian Federation
  22. GFH - Ghetto Fighters' House archive
  23. HHStA - Hessisches Hauptstaatsarchiv, Wiesbaden
  24. IfZ – Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Institute for Contemporary History, Munich
  25. IWM - Imperial War Museum
  26. LCVA - Lieutvos Centrinis Valstybes Archyvas Lithuanian State Archives, Vilnius
  27. LVVA - Latvijas Valsts vēstures arhīvs, Latvian State Historical Archive, Riga
  28. NAC -  National Archives of Canada
  29. NARA - National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland
  30. NARB - Natsionalniy Arkhiv Respubliki Belarus, National Archive of the Republic of Belarus, Minsk
  31. NIOD - Nederlands instituut voor oorlogsdocumentatie, Netherlands Institute for War Documentation
  32. RGASPI - Rossiiskoi Gosudarstvennoi Arkhiv Sotsial'no-Politicheskoi Istorii, Russian State Archive of Social and Political History, Moscow
  33. RGVA - Rossiiskoi Gosudarstvennoi Voennyi Arkhiv, Russian State Military Archive, Moscow
  34. TNA - The National Archive, formerly Public Record Office (PRO), Kew, UK
  35. TsADAVOV - Tsentral’nii derzhavnii vishchikh organov vladi ta upravlinnia Ukraini, Central Archive of Supreme Bodies of Power and Government in Ukraine
  36. TsAFSB - Tsentral'nii Arkhiv FSB, Central FSB Archive, Moscow
  37. TsAMO - Tsentral'nii Arkhiv Ministerstva Oborony Rossiiskoi Federatsii, Central Archive of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, Podolsk
  38. USHMM - United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC
  39. VHA - Vojenský historický archiv, Military Historical Archive, Prague
  40. YVA  - Yad Vashem Archive, Jerusalem
  41. YIVO - YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York
  42. WL - The Wiener Library, London
Some recurring abbreviations in archival references
  1. Bd -  Band, Volume
  2. NTN - Supreme National Tribunal, Poland
  3. RG - Record Group