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ArcheoBiblioBase: Archives in Russia: C 3
Arkhiv vneshnei politiki Rossiiskoi Imperii (AVPRI)
[Archive of Foreign Policy of the Russian Empire]
Agency: Ministerstvo inostrannykh del RF (MID Rossii)
[Ministry of Foreign Affairs]
Istoriko-dokumental'nyi departament (IDD)
|Address: 113093, Moscow, ul. Bol'shaia Serpukhovskaia, 15
Telephone: (495) 236-52-01; Fax: (495) 241-51-06; (095) 244-44-11; (095)
244-27-80; RdngRm: 236-04-47
Hours: MTuTh 9:30-17:00; WF 9:30-15:00 (: 12 July-1 September closed)
Head: Ol'ga Alekseevna Glushkova (tel. 236-83-97; 236-74-93)
Head of the Reading Room: Nataliia Vladimirovna Borodina (tel. 236-04-47)
- 1946-X.1991 - Arkhiv vneshnei politiki Rossii (AVPR)
[Archive of Foreign Policy of Russsia]
- 1934-1946 - Gosudarstvennyi arkhiv vneshnei politiki (GAVP)
[State Archive of Foreign Policy]
- 1923-1934 - Arkhiv revoliutsii i vneshnei politiki Rossii
[Archive of Revolution and Foreign Policy]
- 1834-1864 - Sankt-Peterburgskii Glavnyi arkhiv Ministerstva
inostrannykh del (GAMID)
[Main Archive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs]
- 1832-1920 - Moskovskii Glavnyi arkhiv Ministerstva inostrannykh
[Moscow Main Archive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs]
The archive was established in 1946 on the basis of records from
the prerevolutionary Moscow Main Archive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MGAMID), the
Main Archive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (GAMID) in St. Petersburg, and also the
Chancellery of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Empire. In October 1992, the
archive was renamed AVPRI, and since 1993 operates as a division of IDD MID.
The eighteenth-century division contains records from the
prerevolutionary Moscow Main Archive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MGAMID), which
had remained the main depository for official diplomatic records until the early 1830s.
Nineteenth- and early twentieth-century complexes include: holdings of the former St.
Petersburg Main Archive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (GAMID); records which had been
retained in the chancellery archive of the Foreign Ministry itself in St. Petersburg; and
records of various Russian embassies, missions, and consulates abroad.
There are also personal fonds of diplomats, a special collection
of original treaties, and several other special collections.
All fonds in the archive are open to the public, for foreign as well as
Requests for access should be presented in an official letter from the
researcher's sponsoring institution or Embassy, either to the director of
the archive or to the IDD MID, at least one month in advance. Such a letter
should indicate the researcher's organization and function, purpose of research,
topic, files needed, and date of prospective visit. If a foreigner will require
an interpreter such information should also be included. Normally, researchers
should confirm their prospective visit no less than five days in advance.
Some AVPRI fonds were closed briefly during the spring of 2003, but as of
June 2003, all fonds are open for research.
Photocopies and microfilm are available in limited quantities
(normally 50 copies per year) at high charges that vary with the size and speed of
the order; rights for copying are computed separately.There is usually no
charge for the right of academic publication for copied documents within Russia,
although a separate contract for publication rights must be negotiated in all cases.
Recent General Guides
Additional information in Russian about the history and publications of AVPRI is available electronically at the IDD webpage:
- Arkhiv vneshnei politiki Rossiiskoi
Imperii: Putevoditel'. Compiled by Iu. V. Basenko, M. A. Borusevich, V. S. Bykov, et
al. Edited by I. V. Budnik et al. Minneapolis: East View Publications, 1996. 452 p.(Lib:
A comprehensive guide to the
archive, including annotations for all of the opisi within individual fonds. Covers five
basic sections of the archive: records of the Collegium of Foreign Affairs (1720-1832);
central agencies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1802-1917); foreign Russian embassies
and other diplomatic agencies (1802-1917); temporary diplomatic agencies and collections
of archival materials; and collections of microfilms relating to the history of Russian
foreign relations. Includes a helpful introductory agency history of
the Ministry (and earlier Collegium) of Foreign Affairs.
- Budnik, Igor'
Vladimirovich, and Turilova, Svetlana Leonidovna. "Arkhiv vneshnei politiki
Rossiiskoi Imperii." Novaia i noveishaia istoriia, 1994, no. 2, pp. 324-37.
(Lib: DLC; IU; MH)
The most recent survey of the history of the
archive, its holdings and publication activities.
Recent Specialized Finding Aids
- Inaba, Chiharu. Russko-iaponskie
diplomaticheskie otnosheniia 1850-1917 gg.: Katalog dokumentov (po materialam Arkhiva
vneshnei politiki Rossiiskoi Imperii). Vol. 1: (1850-1917). Tokyo: Nauka Ltd,
1997. vi, 437 p. Text and indexes in Russian with some notes in Japanese. Added Japanese
and English title page and preface. (Lib: IU; MH)
A catalogue of 1,864 documents. Fonds
covered include the "Arkhiv 'Voina'" (fond 134), dealing with World War I; the
"Sekretnyi arkhiv ministra" (fond 138), with a complex of secret documents,
including late-nineteenth-century Russian-Chinese negotiations, the Russo-Japanese
agreement following the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905); and the "Sankt-Peterburgskii
Glavnyi arkhiv" (fond 161) with diplomatic documentation through the 1890s. See vol.
1 under C-2 for the continuation covering the years 1917-1962. Plans call for the entire
catalogue to be accessible through Telnet at the National Center for Science Information
Systems (NACSIS-IR), Tokyo.
Contact: Chiharu Inaba, e-mail: TBE00353@niftyserve.or.jp.