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Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi voenno-istoricheskii arkhiv (RGVIA)

[Russian State Military History Archive]

Agency: Federal'noe arkhivnoe agentstvo Rossii (Rosarkhiv)
[Federal Archival Agency of Russia]


Address: 107005, Moscow, ul. 2-ia Baumanskaia, 3
Telephone: (495) 261-20-70; Fax: (495) 267-18-66; RdngRm: 267-44-62
Hours: M-Th 10:00-17:00; F 10:00-16:00 ([2006]: August closed, possibly from mid-July)
Director: Irina Olegovna Garkusha (tel. 261-86-96, 261-20-70)
Deputy Director: Tamara Nikolaevna Shubina (tel. 267-18-66)
Head of the Reading Room: Tat'iana Iur'evna Burmistrova (tel. 267-44-62)

Previous Names

  • 1941-VI.1992 - Tsentral'nyi gosudarstvennyi voenno-istoricheskii arkhiv SSSR (TsGVIA SSSR)
    [Central State Military History Archive of the USSR]
  • 1934-1941 - Leningradskii voenno-istoricheskii arkhiv (LVIA)
    [Leningrad Military History Archive]
  • 1933-1941 - Tsentral'nyi voenno-istoricheskii arkhiv (TsVIA)
    [Central Military History Archive]
  • 1925-1933 - Voenno-istoricheskii arkhiv (VIA)
    [Military History Archive]
  • 1906-1925 - Moskovskoe otdelenie Obshchego arkhiva Glavnogo upravleniia General'nogo shtaba
    [Moscow Division of the General Archive of the Main Administration of the General Staff]


RGVIA, as most recently renamed in 1992 (earlier TsGVIA), serves as the centralized archive for military records of the Russian Empire, consolidating the holdings from various prerevolutionary Russian military archives and other repositories throughout the former Soviet Union. RGVIA retains documentation produced from the activities of highest, central, and local military administration and military agencies of the Russian Empire from the end of the seventeenth century until March of 1918.


All of the fonds in the archive are now open to researchers.

Working Conditions

Researchers have the right to order 5 original files and 10 copies per day. Orders are delivered in three days (within 36 hours) for Moscovites and two days (within 24 hours) for those from out of town; opisi are delivered the next day.

Recent General Guides

  • Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi voenno-istoricheskii arkhiv SSSR: Putevoditel'. Compiled by N. G. Snezhko, E. N. Dmitrochenkova, A. L. Kornilaeva, N. Iu. Muraveinikova, L. Ia. Saet. Edited by I. O Garkusha, N. I. Gordeeva, O. Iu. Nezhdanova, M. R. Ryzhenkov, A. D. Stepanskii. 4 vols. Moscow: ROSSPEN, 2006. [Rosarkhiv; RGVIA]
    • Vol. 1: 512 p.
  • Fondy Rossiiskogo gosudarstvennogo voenno-istoricheskogo arkhiva: Kratkii spravochnik. Compiled by N. G. Snezhko, E. N. Dmitrochenkova, L. Ia. Saet. Edited by M. R. Ryzhenkov. Moscow: ROSSPEN, 2001. 640 p. [Rosarkhiv; RGVIA] (Lib: DLC; MH)
    Provides an unannotated list of fonds and survey of the reference facilities, and hence does not replace the earlier guides (listed below) that do provide annotations for many of the fonds covered.
  • Tsentral'nyi gosudarstvennyi voenno-istoricheskii arkhiv SSSR: Putevoditel'. Compiled by A. P. Gudzinskaia, E. A. Elpat'evskaia, K. M. Nikolashina, E. P. Voronin, et al. Edited by I. I. Stroumov, V. N. Avtokratov, et al. 3 vols. Moscow: GAU, 1979. (Lib: DLC)
    Initially restricted "for service use only" (DSP).
  • Tsentral'nyi gosudarstvennyi voenno-istoricheskii arkhiv: Putevoditel'. Compiled by A. E. Al'tshuller, G. V. Bogdanov, N. V. Brzhostovskaia, et al. Edited by N. P. Shliapnikov and G. I. Volchenkov. Moscow: GAU, 1949. 455 p. (Lib: RGGU)
    Provides much more thorough description of holdings than the earlier 1941 guide or the new 2001 one. Long classified "secret," few copies were distributed to libraries outside the archive.
  • Tsentral'nyi gosudarstvennyi voenno-istoricheskii arkhiv SSSR: Novye postupleniia. Vol. 1: 1986-1988 gg. Compiled by E. N. Dmitrochenkova and T. B. Konik. Moscow, 1990. 21 p. [TsGVIA SSSR; Glavarkhiv]

Recent Specialized Finding Aids

    Microfilm Collections of Documents
    Sources Relating to Jews
  • Obzor dokumental'nykh istochnikov po istorii evreev v fondakh RGVIA. Compiled by A. Vasil'ev. Edited by L. I. Veksel'man and A. Mal'chikova. Moscow: "Evreiskoe nasledie," 1994. "Evreiskii arkhiv," vol. 2. (Lib: MH)
    Provides detailed annotations of 18 fonds containing Jewish-related materials (with opis' and file unit numbers).