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Tsentral'nyi voenno-morskoi arkhiv (TsVMA)
[Central Naval Archive]
Agency: Arkhivnaia sluzhba Ministerstva oborony Rossiiskoi Federatsii
[Archival Service of the Ministry of Defence of Russian Federation]
General'nyi shtab Voenno-Morskogo RF (Genshtab VMF RF)
[General Staff of the Navy of Russian Federation]
|Address: 188300, Leningradskaia oblast', Gatchina,
Ekaterinverderskii [formerly Krasnoarmeiskii] prosp., 2; General Staff: 103175, Moscow, K-175
Telephone: (813-71) 139-93, 144-76
Hours: M-F 8:20-16:40
Chief: Igor' Vladimirovich Shchetin (tel. [813-71] 148-81)
Deputy Chief: Mikhail Alekseevich Levkin (tel. [813-71] 144-76)
- 1946-1950 - Tsentral'nyi arkhiv Narkomata (Ministerstva)
Vooruzhennykh Sil SSSR
[Central Archive of the People's Commissariat (Ministry) of the Armed Forces]
- 1945-1946 - Tsentral'nyi arkhiv Narkomata Voenno-Morskogo Flota
[Central Archive of the People's Commissariat of the Navy]
- 1942-1945 - Tsentral'nyi arkhiv Upravleniia delami pri Narkomate
[Central Archive of the Administration of Affairs of the People's Commissariat of the
- 1940-1942 - Otdel arkhivov Upravleniia delami pri Narkomate
[Division of Archives of the Administration of Affairs of the People's Commissariat of the
- 1938-1940 - Arkhivnoe otdelenie Upravleniia delami pri Narkomate
[Archival Division of the Administration of Affairs of the People's Commissariat of the
Based in Gatchina since 1961 and subordinate to the Chief of the
Navy General Staff, the Archive serves as the central repository for all post-1941 naval
records. The Archive holds the records of central administrative agencies, fonds of the
Navy General Staff, the Main Administration of the People's Commissariat of the Navy, and
the Ministry of the Navy as well as those of staffs and commanders of fleets and
flotillas, as well as various formations, military units, ships, and other institutions
subordinate to them, all fleets and flotillas, naval units, research and educational
institutions, naval ports, shipbuilding and other enterprises, and naval hydrographic and
scientific expeditions, dating from 1941 to the present. The Archive is one of the largest
repositories in the country for records of the World War II.
Access for Russian and foreign citizens requires a letter to the
Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Navy of the Armed Forces.
Between 1991 and 1999, inquiries and research arrangements for
military archives under the Ministry of Defense were handled through the
Historico-Archival and Military-Memorial Center of the General Staff of the Armed Forces [Istoriko-arkhivnyi
i voenno-memorial'nyi tsentr General'nogo Shtaba Vooruzhennykh Sil RF] (1997-1999,
renamed the Military History Center of the Armed Forces), but since 1999, arrangements are
handled directly by individual archives, or (for foreigners) the Archival Service of the Ministry of Defense.
Declassification work is currently proceeding for some records through
1970, in accordance with regulations providing for increased access to files thirty
years after their creation.
The archive maintains a large inquiry service (by letter or in
person) for veterans needing official verification of records of their naval service.
Recent General Guides
A comprehensive guide covering the holdings for the 1941-1960
period is in preparation, the first volume of which appeared in late 1998.
- Tsentral'nyi voenno-morskoi arkhiv: Spravochnik po fondam
(1941-1960): Organy upravleniia Voenno-Morskim Flotom, chasti i uchrezhdeniia tsentral'nogo
podchineniia. Compiled by T. V. Polukhina, I. A. Belova, S. V. Vlasiuk, et al. Edited
by S. P. Tarasov. St. Petersburg: Blits, 1998. 263 p. Added English title page: Central
Naval Archives: Reference-book on archival collections (1941-1960): Administrative Organs
of the Navy, Units and Institutions of the Central Subordination.
This new short guide to TsVMA contains a
systematized list of archival fonds of the central naval administrative agencies,
subordinate units, and other naval institutions, including the headquarters, educational
institutions, military hospitals, and construction agencies. In most cases previous names
with dates of the agencies are provided, together with a brief annotation of the records
included in each fond. An appendix lists fonds in numerical order, but there are no
indexes. According to the prepublication announcement, this was intended as the first of
a multi-volume guide; five additional volumes were projected with coverage of: (2) the
Arctic Fleet; (3) the Baltic Fleet; (4) the Black Sea Fleet; (5) the Pacific Fleet; and
(6) Flotillas (lakes, rivers, channels).
- Tishchenko, M. N. "Proshloe i
nastoiashchee Tsentral'nogo voenno-morskogo arkhiva." Otechestvennye arkhivy,
1993, no. 1, pp. 60-62. (Lib: DLC; IU; MH)
A brief account of the
development of the archive and characterization of its holdings.