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ArcheoBiblioBase: Archives in Russia: B 2
Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi arkhiv drevnikh aktov (RGADA)
[Russian State Archive of Early Acts]
Agency: Federal'noe arkhivnoe agentstvo Rossii (Rosarkhiv)
[Federal Archival Agency of Russia]
119817, Moscow, ul. Bol'shaia Pirogovskaia, 17
Telephone: (495) 245-83-23; Fax: (495) 246-50-91; RdngRm:
Hours: MW 12:00-20:00;
TuTh 10:00-17:30; F 10:00-16:30 (Summer : M-Th 10:00-17:30; F 10:00-16:30; August closed)
Director: Mikhail Rafailovich Ryzhenkov (tel. 246-50-91 [also fax])
Deputy Director: Iurii Moiseevich Eskin (tel. 245-83-39)
Head of User Services: Evgeniia Efimovna Lykova (tel. 245-30-98)
Head of the Reading Room: Aleksandr Ivanovich Gamaiunov (tel. 245-83-25)
- 1941-VI.1992 - Tsentral'nyi gosudarstvennyi arkhiv drevnikh aktov SSSR (TsGADA)
[Central State Archive of Early Acts of the USSR]
- 1931-1941 - Gosudarstvennyi arkhiv feodal'no-krepostnicheskoi epokhi (GAFKE)
[State Archive of the Feudal-Serfdom Epoch]
- 1925-1931 - Drevlekhranilishche Moskovskogo otdeleniia Tsentral'nogo istoricheskogo
[Repository of Antiquities of the Moscow Central Historical
Archive of the RSFSR]
- 1919-1939 - Tsentral'nyi Mezhevoi arkhiv
[Central Land-Survey Archive]
- 1869-1920 - Moskovskoe otdelenie Obshchego arkhiva Ministerstva Imperatorskogo dvora
[Moscow Division of the General Archive of the Ministry of the Imperial Court]
In 1992, the Central State Archive of Early Acts (TsGADA SSSR) was renamed Russian
State Archive of Early Acts (RGADA). RGADA retains documents dating from the eleventh
through the beginning of the twentieth century, consisting of the records of central and
regional agencies of the Russian Empire and its precedessor states up to the time of the
administrative reforms of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries (with the
exception of the records of the Admiralty, Foreign, and Military Collegiia). RGADA also
holds the fonds of central land-survey agencies of Russia from the eighteenth through the
early twentieth centuries; records of monasteries and other religious institutions;
personal papers of state and public figures, men of science and art; archives of major
landowners and gentry families; collections of historical documents and manuscript books;
and collections of Russian and foreign incunabula, early printed and rare books dating
from the fifteenth through the nineteenth centuries.
All of the archival holdings are open to researchers.
There is a large reading room for work with original documents,
but readers are required to use microfilms for many older and unique documents in a
special microform reading room. Orders for documents normally take three days for
Moscovites and two day for others (limited to 10 files per day).
Recent General Guides
1991-1999. 4 vols. (in 5); publishers vary. (Lib: DLC; IU; MH)
- Tsentral'nyi gosudarstvennyi arkhiv drevnikh aktov SSSR: Putevoditel'. Compiled
by E. F. Zhelokhovtseva, M. V. Babich, and Iu. M. Eskin. Edited by S. M. Dushinov, N. P.
Eroshkin, M. I. Avtokratova, et al. Moscow,
vol.3, pt.1: http://guides.rusarchives.ru/browse/GuidebookCard.html?id=149;
vol.3, pt.2: http://guides.rusarchives.ru/browse/GuidebookCard.html?id=150;
A comprehensive four-volume
guide. Although the detailed annotations for individual fonds do not list opisi, each volume
has an appended list of opisi with dates and compilers, as well as extensive indexes. The first volume
describes documentation from the State Repository of Antiquities for Charters and Manuscripts, the central
Muscovite prikazy, and collections from MGAMID and the State Archive of the Russian Empire (Gosarkhiv).
Appendices include a helpful chart portraying the history of the archive and its prerevolutionary predecessors.
The second volume covers high administrative records of the Russian Empire, predominantly from the eighteenth
century, including imperial chanceries, the Senate, its departments and agencies, the Synod, other central
government agencies such as the collegia and related chanceries, land-survey administrations, imperial court
records, and government commissions. It also contains an extensive bibliography of documentary publications
and reference literature (although regrettably lacking rubrics or annotations). The third volume describes records
of local institutions of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries and monasteries. The fourth volume covers
collections of manuscripts and early printed books, family and personal papers, and estate fonds.
Recent Specialized Microform Series with Finding Aids
- "Archive of the Moscow Printing House, 1620-1700."
Leiden: Inter Documentation Company (IDC), 2004. 907 microfiches. Microfiche
edition. (Lib: MH[mf]) [IDC-MPH-1]
Electronic version of Guide to the microform publication: http://www.idc.nl/ead/428faid.html.
The present collection contains 104 items (books detailing income and expenditure,
inventory lists, etc.) that furnish meticulous information on the workers' wages,
and the amounts paid for equipment and other material in the period 1620-1700. Most
of the documents from this unique archival collection, which is held in RGADA (fond 1182,
opis' 1), are previously unpublished. In the near future, IDC will make available archival
materials from the eighteenth century, as well as the priceless library of the Moscow
Printing house, which contains books printed by such trailblazers as Ivan Fedorov,
Andronik Nevezha, and Nikita Fofanov.
- "Freemasonry in Russia."
Leiden: Inter Documentation Company (IDC), 2004. 158 microfiches (32 titles). Microfiche
edition. Texts in Russian, English, German and French.
Additional information is available electronically at the IDC website: http://www.idc.nl/.
The collection is based on the
collection of Fedor Fedorovich Mazurin (1845-1898) and Ivan Perfilevich Elagin (1728-1794).
Materials from Elagin's collection are currently kept as part of the following fonds:
fond 8 (Gosarkhiv [State Archives]); fond 146 (Rozysknye dela [Investigation
cases]); fond 154 (Zhalovannye gramoty [Charters]); fond 168 (Snosheniia russkikh
gosudarei s pravitel'stvennymi mestami [Relations of Russian sovereigns with state
institutions]). Materials of Mazurin's collection are now kept in fond 196.