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Tsentral'nyi arkhiv obshchestvenno-politicheskoi istorii Moskvy (TsAOPIM)

[Central Archive of Social-Political History of Moscow]

Agency: Glavnoe arkhivnoe upravlenie goroda Moskvy
[Main Archival Administration of the City of Moscow]

Address: 109554, Moscow, ul. Mezhdunarodnaia, 10
Telephone: (495) 678-12-87, 678-75-01; Fax: (495) 678-75-01; RdngRm: 678-82-43
Hours: MW 10:00-17:00, F 10:00-16:00 ([2006]: August closed)
Director: Valentina Viacheslavovna Nikanorova (tel. 678-12-87)
Head of the Reading Room: Lidiia Sergeevna Naumova (tel. 678-82-43)

Previous Names

About TsAODM

The archive was formed beginning in 1921 as the Commission to Collect and Study Materials for the History of the October Revolution. Before July 1990 the Moscow Party Archive was a branch of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism (IML) under the jurisdiction of the Institute of Party History of the Moscow City and Oblast Committees of the CPSU. As presently organized, the archive was reestablished under municipal archival administration as TsGAODM in November of 1991 and as TsAODM in 1993.

In January 2005 according to decree of Moscow Government the Central Archive of Social Movements of Moscow (TsAODM) was renamed the Central Archive of Social-Political History of Moscow (Tsentral’nyi arkhiv obshchestvenno-politicheskoi istorii Moskvy - TsAOPIM). The Central Archive of Literature and Art of Moscow (TsALIM) was abolished according to the same decree, and some of its documents related social organizations were transferred to TsAOPIM (9 fonds).

The archive holds the records of Communist Party and Komsomol organizations of Moscow and Moscow Oblast. Records of CPSU ruling agencies are represented by the records of the Moscow City CPSU Committee (MGK KPSS) and the Moscow (Oblast) Committee of the CPSU (MK KPSS), and their predecessors. There are also records of raion Party committees (raikom), Party cell records from local institutions and organizations, and other related local Party organizations. These include editorial records of Party journals and publishing houses as well as records of local CP educational and research institutions.

The archive also retains records from Moscow organizations of the Komsomol (VLKSM), including the Komsomol newspaper Moskovskii Komsomolets and the Youth Tourist Bureau Sputnik.

After the attempted August 1991 coup the archive took over the massive current records of all local Moscow Party organizations, which are still being processed. Statistics are still estimates about the quantity of fonds and files involved.

Since 1992, the archive has started to collect records of other social movements and political parties in Moscow.


Only a small portion of the records have been declassified, particularly those from the years 1917 through 1945.

Recent General Guides

  • "Lichnye fondy TsAODM." In Tsentral'nye arkhivy Moskvy: Putevoditel' po fondam lichnogo proiskhozhdeniia, edited by A. D. Stepanskii et al., pp. 185-95. Moscow: "Mosgorarkhiv," 1998. [Mosgorarkhiv]  (Lib: MH)
    The guide covers one collection of personal documentation in TsAODM.
  • Hoffmann, David L. "A First Glimpse into the Moscow Party Archive."Russian Review 50 (October1950): 484-86. (Lib: DLC; IU; MH)
  • Inozemtseva, Zinaida Petrovna. "Dokumenty Tsentral'nogo arkhiva obshchestvennykh dvizhenii Moskvy - istochnik izucheniia obshchestvennogo soznaniia."Arkheograficheskii ezhegodnik za 1997 god (1998): 89-91.
    A brief survey of developments in the archive since its establishment in 1992.