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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]

Address: 119817, Moscow, ul. Bol'shaia Pirogovskaia, 17
Telephone: (495) 245-83-23; Fax: (495) 246-50-91; RdngRm: 245-83-25
Hours: MW 12:00-20:00; TuTh 10:00-17:30; F 10:00-16:30 (Summer [2006]: 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)

Previous Names


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of state and public figures, men of science and art; archives of major landowners and gentry families; collections of historical documents and manuscript books; and collections of Russian and foreign incunabula, early printed and rare books dating from the fifteenth through the nineteenth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.

Working Conditions

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

Recent Specialized Microform Series with Finding Aids