The archive material held by the National Bank of Serbia is of exceptional cultural and historical value. It spans the entire period from incorporation of the Privileged National Bank of the Kingdom of Serbia in 1884 to the present day, and documents not only the history of the National Bank as an important state institution, but also the history of the entire country, its development, European integration and modernization. Throughout its rich history of economic and financial activities, the National Bank influenced and was influenced by social and political changes. Its scope of activity also changed quite frequently (Kingdom of Serbia, Kingdom of Yugoslavia, German occupation, SFRY, FRY, SCG, Republic of Serbia), making the National Bank of Serbia one of the most historically interesting issuing central banks of Europe.

The wealth of documents stored in the archives of the National Bank, consisting of archive funds and fund units of several thousand meters in quantity, is undoubtedly an important historical source for studying banking, economic and overall social history of Serbia, Yugoslavia and South East Europe.

Particularly relevant at the moment is the series of documents on confiscation of property and payment of compensation for property confiscated on account of Expropriation (for the 1950–1958 period) and Agricultural Land Fund (1953–early 1970s).


Digital Archive

The NBS Archive has begun implementing a project of digitisation of the documentary and other original material stored in the NBS to ensure its preservation and enable active use. The first segment of this project relates to digitisation of Srpske novine for the period 1883–1919.

The NBS Digital Archive represents an open, periodically updated collection of digitised items of cultural heritage. At the moment, the collection contains a series of Srpske novine, published from 1834 to 1919, and a series of annual reports of the Privileged National Bank of the Kingdom of Serbia for the period 1884–1920.

Around 16,800 issues of Srpske novine, scanned on almost 80,000 images can be searched by year, month or date of issuance. Annual reports, originally printed in 31 books, are searchable by year.