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ArcheoBiblioBase: Archives in Russia: B 1
Gosudarstvennyi arkhiv Rossiiskoi Federatsii (GA RF)
[State Archive of the Russian Federation]
Agency: Federal'noe arkhivnoe agentstvo Rossii (Rosarkhiv)
[Federal Archival Agency of Russia]
|Address: 119817, Moscow, ul. Bol'shaia Pirogovskaia, 17
Telephone: (495) 245-81-41; Fax: (495) 245-12-87
Director: Sergei Vladimirovich Mironenko (tel. 245-12-87)
Deputy Director: Vladimir Aleksandrovich Kozlov (tel. 245-81-50)
Deputy Director: Larisa Aleksandrovna Iarovaia (tel. 245-81-42)
Reading Room No. 1 (Holdings from former TsGAOR SSSR)
Address: 119817, Moscow, ul. Bol'shaia Pirogovskaia, 17
Hours: MW 12:00-20:00; TuTh 10:00-18:00; F 10:00-16:00; August closed
Head of Reading Room No. 1: Nina Ivanovna Abdulaeva (tel. 245-81-61)
Reading Room No. 2 (Holdings from former TsGA RSFSR)
Address: 121883, Moscow, Berezhkovskaia nab., 26
Telephone: 240-32-54 (also fax); RdngRm: 240-33-13
Hours: MW 10:00-17:00; TuTh 13:00-20:00; F 10:00-16:00; August closed
Head of Reading Room No. 2: Liudmila Gennadievna Kiseleva (tel. 240-33-13)
1941-1961 - Tsentral'nyi gosudarstvennyi arkhiv Oktiabr'skoi revoliutsii i sotsialisticheskogo stroitel'stva SSSR (TsGAORiSS SSSR/ TsGAOR SSSR)
- 1961-28.IV.1992 - Tsentral'nyi gosudarstvennyi arkhiv Oktiabr'skoi revoliutsii, vysshikh organov gosudarstvennoi vlasti i organov gosudarstvennogo upravleniia SSSR (TsGAOR SSSR)
[Central State Archive of the October Revolution, Supreme Organs of State Power, and Organs of State Administration of the USSR]
[Central State Archive of the October Revolution and Socialist Construction of the USSR]
1941-1961 - Tsentral'nyi gosudarstvennyi istoricheskii arkhiv v g. Moskve (TsGIAM)
[Central State Historical Archive in Moscow]
1938-1941 - Tsentral'nyi gosudarstvennyi arkhiv Oktiabr'skoi revoliutsii (TsGAOR)
[Central State Archive of the October Revolution]
1957-28.IV.1992 - Tsentral'nyi gosudarstvennyi arkhiv RSFSR (TsGA RSFSR)
[Central State Archive of the RSFSR]
About GA RF
GA RF was established in 1992 on the basis of the combined holdings
of the former Central State Archive of the October Revolution, High Organs of State Power,
and Organs of State Administration of the USSR--TsGAOR SSSR (1941-1961) and the Central State
Archive of the RSFSR--TsGA RSFSR (1957-1992). It now has over 3,000 fonds (with over 5 million
file units), dating from 1800 through 1993.
The most substantial part of GA RF holdings are those from the Soviet period, consisting
of records of the highest organs of Soviet power and state administration on both All-Union
and Russian Federation levels from the October Revolution through 1991 (with the exception
of records held in other specialized federal-level state and agencies), which came to it
from TsGAOR SSSR.
The prerevolutionary division of GA RF comprises records of the central highest-level
judicial, penal, and political and criminal investigatory agencies in the Russian Empire,
which came from the former Historico-Revolutionary Archive in Petrograd (transferred to
Moscow in 1924). It also has many personal papers and collections of the Imperial family
and court which came from the former New Romanov (Novoromanovskii) Archive. Most
of the prerevolutionary division had earlier comprised the Central State Historical Archive
in Moscow--TsGIAM (Tsentral'nyi gosudarstvennyi istoricheskii arkhiv v g. Moskve)
(absorbed by TsGAOR SSSR in 1961). There are also records of the Kingdom of Poland and
records of agencies of the Provisional Goverment of 1917.
Personal papers represent a galaxy of well-known politicians, state functionaries, and
trade-union leaders from both the prerevolutionary and Soviet periods, as well as those of
the imperial family. There are also many collections from the former Russian Foreign Historical
Archive in Prague (RZIA) and other emigre collections that were transferred to Moscow after
World War II.
With the absorbtion of TsGA RSFSR (founded as a separate institution in 1958), GA RF now
also holds many of the records of central agencies of the Russian Federation from the Soviet
All of the prerevolutionary division of GA RF is open to researchers
without any restrictions. Most Soviet-era holdings predating the outbreak of World War II in
Russia (1941) have been declassified, with only a few exceptions. For example, part of the
fond of the Council of People's Commissars (Sovnarkom) for the wartime period is still closed.
Subsequent records in the fond of Sovnarkom (to 1946) and the Council of Ministers of the USSR
and RSFSR (Sovmin SSSR and RSFSR, after 1946) through the 1950s have been partially declassified.
Ninety percent of the records of the Soviet Military Administration in Germany (SVAG) have been
declassified (with the exception of files relating to property matters), and a collaborative
German-Russian project for their description is in progress progress is already resulting in
microfilms available at the Bundesarchiv Berlin-Lichterfelde.
Most of the so-called special files (Osobye papki) from the NKVD/MVD Secretariat
(1944-1953) covered by newly published catalogues (see below) are now open to researchers,
although most of the Beriia files have not been declassified. Earlier records in this series
have not been transferred from the Federal Security Service (see C-6).
A list is available to researchers of some 5,000 declassified files relating to subjects
covered by special presidential declassification regulations, such as those relating to human rights,
prisoners of war, and repressed individuals.
According to an agreement between Rosarkhiv (now the Federal Archival Agency) and the FSB (30.XI.1994), transfers from the
FSB archive to GA RF include report files on former officers of the White Armies, report
and verification files on Germans that were held in special camps in the Soviet zone of
occupation in Germany, and captured files relating to individuals of German origin, the
so-called Volksdeutsche (Rus. fol'ksdoich).
See Biulleten' rassekrechennykh dokumentov federal'nykh arkhivov i tsentrov khraneniia
dokumentatsii (1998-2002) for an annotated list of fonds, files, and some individual
documents that have been declassified through 1997-2001. See also website
http://www.rusarchives.ru/secret/ for declassified files of the State Committee of Defence
(GKO) and Soviet Military Administration in Germany (SVAG).
The main reading room for the former TsGAOR SSSR holdings is shared with RGAE (formerly TsGANKh). Orders (limited to 10 files per day) placed before 2 pm are normally delivered the following day (within 24 hours), orders placed after 2 pm are normally delivered within 36 hours.
Researchers working with many recently declassified files use a special reading room for the
Division of Secret Fonds across the courtyard (Entrance 12, fifth floor), or other offices in the
stack areas. Seating is limited and reading room hours vary from those of the main reading room (hours: M 12:00-16:00; Tu-Th 10-16:00).
Researchers working in reading room no. 2 (Berezhkovskaia nab., 26) for the former TsGA RSFSR holdings can order 10-18 files per day. Orders are delivered in two days (within 48 hours).
The GA RF Scientific Library, known from 1992-1997 as the Scientific Library of Federal Archives (Nauchnaia biblioteka federal'nykh arkhivov), was founded in 1971 as the Scientific Library of Central State Archives (Nauchnaia biblioteka tsentral'nykh gosudarstvennykh arkhivov SSSR) on the basis of printed editions in TsGAOR SSSR, TsGANKh, TsGASA, and the Scientific Reference Library of Glavarkhiv.
The library now comprises a total of over 520,000 volumes, consisting of books and brochures (154,000 vols.) in Russian and languages of the peoples of the former USSR, including official and internal government and CPSU publications, and those of other political parties and social organizations (especially from 1917-1920); newspapers (30,000 files), including central and local papers from the early years of Soviet rule; journals and magazines (150,000 units); and literature in foreign languages (33,000 books, brochures, and journals). There is also a significant collection of posters (12,000 units) ranging from posters of the periods of World War I and the Civil War to CPSU, anti-religious, and propaganda posters through the 1950s.
An especially valuable complex from the former restricted collection (spetskhran) encompasses part of the library and
other printed materials from the former Russian Foreign Historical Archive (RZIA) in Prague, which
is particularly rich in emigre publications including newspapers (30,000 books, brochures, journals,
and newspapers 1917-1940). There is also a unique collection of newspapers and in-house serial
publications from Soviet prison camps and other penal organs from the 1920s and 1930s (the latter
collection was microfilmed in 1995 as part of a joint project with the International Institute of
Social History, hence copies are available for researchers at IISH in Amsterdam-see below Gulag Press, 1920-1937).
The GA RF library (formerly Rosarkhiv Central Library) is located in the main federal
archival complex (ul. Bol'shaia Pirogovskaia, 17; tel. 245-81-84; hours: M-F 11:00-16:00).
Prospective readers need to call in advance to arrange a pass to the compound, if they do not already have one.
Recent General Guides
- Gosudarstvennyi arkhiv Rossiiskoi Federatsii: Putevoditel', vol. 6. Perechen' fondov Gosudarstvennogo arkhiva Rossiiskoi Federatsii i nauchno-spravochnyi apparat k dokumentam arkhiva. Compiled by O. N. Kopylova, A. I. Barkovets, L. G. Aronov, T. N. Kotlova, A. V. Dobrovskaia, et al. Edited by S. V. Mironenko. Moscow: Redaktsionno-izd. otdel federal'nykh arkhivov, 1998. 633 p. "Russian Archive Series," vol. 8. [Rosarkhiv; GA RF] Distributed abroadby REES, University of Pittsburgh.
A complete, updated
(but unannotated) list of fonds in GA RF, including those not yet declassified--first by
categories and then by fond number. These include the prerevolutionary holdings, the
records of high agencies of state power of the USSR, those of the central administration
of the RSFSR and others under their jurisdiction, records of social organizations in the
RSFSR, and personal papers. Almost a quarter of the volume details published and especially
unpublished reference materials, including card catalogues and electronic databases.
An historical introduction sketches the history of the archive, its predecessors and its
- Gosudarstvennyi arkhiv Rossiiskoi Federatsii: Putevoditel'/ State
Archive of the Russian Federation: A Research Guide. Moscow, 1994-. (6 vols. as of 2005). "Russian Archive Series." [Rosarkhiv; GA RF] (Lib: DLC; IU; MH) Distributed abroad by REES, University of Pittsburgh.The first volume of the comprehensive guide to GA RF describes fonds in the prerevolutionary division from former TsGAOR SSSR with detailed descriptions of 608 fonds, of which 143 were previously classified. A brief agency history is provided for all agencies represented, and the contents of individual opisi are described for larger fonds. Includes detailed coverage of the police records and Polish-area records earlier described briefly in the secret TsGAOR 1952 guide. The electronic list of fonds see in Internet: http://garf.ru/1_RI.htm.
- Vol. 1: Fondy Gosudarstvennogo arkhiva Rossiiskoi Federatsii po istorii Rossii XIX-nachala XX vv./ Collections of the State Archive of the Russian Federation on the History of Russia in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries. Compiled by A. V. Dobrovskaia, B. F. Dodonov, Z. I. Peregudova, et al. Edited by S. V. Mironenko and Gregory L. Freeze. M.: "Blagovest," 1994. xviii, 394 p. "Russian Archive Series," vol. 3.
ELECTRONIC VERSION: (preface)
- Vol. 2: Fondy Gosudarstvennogo arkhiva Rossiiskoi Federatsii po istorii RSFSR/Collections of the State Archive of the Russian Federation on the History of the RSFSR. Compiled by L. G. Aronov, A. V. Dobrovskaia, T. N. Kotlova, et al. Edited by S. V. Mironenko and Jeffrey P. Burds. M.: Redaktsionno-izd. otdel federal'nykh arkhivov, 1996. 706 p. "Russian Archive Series," vol. 5.
- Vol. 3: Fondy Gosudarstvennogo arkhiva Rossiiskoi Federatsii po istorii SSSR. Compiled by M. N. Belova, V. E. Bogdanova, A. V. Dobrovskaia, A. N. Goliakov, et al. Edited by A. I. Barkovets and S. V. Mironenko. M.: Redaktsionno-izd. otdel federal'nykh arkhivov, 1997. 792 p. "Russian Archive Series," vol. 7.
- Vol. 4: Fondy Gosudarstvennogo arkhiva Rossiiskoi Federatsii po istorii belogo dvizheniia i emigratsii. Compiled by O. V. Marinin, A. V. Dobrovskaia, O. N. Kopylova, T. N. Kotlova, L. I. Petrusheva, et al. Edited by S. V. Mironenko. M.: ROSSPEN, 2004. XVIII, 798 p.
- Vol. 5: Lichnye fondy Gosudarstvennogo arkhiva Rossiiskoi Federatsii (1917-2000). Compiled by O. N. Kopylova, A. V. Dobrovskaia, N. S. Zelov, T. N. Kotlova, et al. Edited by S. V. Mironenko. Moscow: ROSSPEN, 2001. 652 p. + photos. "Russian Archive Series," vol. 9.
- Vol. 6: See above. "Russian Archive Series," vol. 8.
The second volume covers 745 fonds of former TsGA RSFSR, 1917-1992, most of which are fully declassified. These are arranged in five sections--(1) chief executive and administrative organs of the RSFSR (68 fonds), including the All-Russian Central Executive Committee (VTsIK) and various commissions devoted to specific problems; (2) republic-level agencies of all-union ministries, sub-ministries, and departments (566 fonds); (3) judicial organs of the RSFSR, including the Ministry (earlier Commissariat) of Justice, courts and procurators (18 fonds); (4) social/public organizations including trade unions, cooperatives, and scientific, scholarly, cultural, and educational organizations and associations (138 fonds); (5) special fonds and collections, including one with materials on the 1991 elections, and miscellaneous files too few to form separate fonds. The 40 fonds of personal papers in former TsGA RSFSR will be included in volume 5 covering all personal fonds in GA RF. Appendices include complete numerical lists of fonds, a list of fonds transferred to other repositories, and abbreviations and acronyms. There are indexes for surnames, and geographic place names.
The third volume covers 402 postrevolutionary fonds, 1923 through 1991. These include records of the highest organs of state government (the Central Executive Committee [TsIK SSSR], the Supreme Soviet, and the Council of Ministers), commissariats and ministries (Internal Affairs, Justice, Labor, Health, Education, Press, etc.), highest agencies of justice (courts, procurators, special courts and penal authorities), and central agencies of trade unions, social-political organizations, and sports, among others.
The fourth volume covers records of government agencies of the White Army in the former Russian Empire (1919-1922) and Russian emigre organizations, 1918-1946.
The fifth volume describes 450 fonds of personal papers from the postrevolutionary period, predominantly from the Soviet period, but also includes papers of individuals from the White movement and the Russian emigration. The preface sketches examples of the acquisition of personal papers from different sources.
Electronic version of indexes (ukazateli)-systematic, numbering, name index of fonds of the history of Russia of 19th-earlier 20th cc., among others, see in Internet: http://garf.ru/ukazateli.htm.
Major Specialized Finding Aids
Microfilmed Opisi and Documents
- Archives of the Soviet
Communist Party and Soviet State: Catalogue of Finding Aids and Documents. 3d ed.
[Cambridge, UK]: Chadwyck-Healey, 2002. xviii, 90 p. Introduction by Jana Howlett.
[Rosarkhiv; Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace] (Lib: CSt-H; DLC; MH) (Also
listed under B-12
1st ED.: 1995. xix, 88 p. with Supplement: January 1996. vi, 10 p.
RUSSIAN VERSION of 1st ED.: Arkhivy KPSS i sovetskogo gosudarstva: Katalog opisei i
dokumentov. [Cambridge, UK], 1995. 85 p.
ELECTRONIC VERSION: available at the ProQuest website: http://www.il.proquest.com/chadwyck/sovietguide/default.shtml.
Additional information is available electronically at the website: http://www.il.proquest.com/research/ pd-product-Soviet-Comunist-Party-and-Soviet-State-138.shtml
Most of the opisi
for GA RF fonds with postrevolutionary records have been filmed in as part of the
Rosarkhiv-Hoover project (from both former TsGAOR SSSR and TsGA RSFSR), and the fonds
covered by the microfilmed opisi are listed in the published sales catalogue. The
English version provides only English-language listing of fonds (in numerical order) for
which opisi are available on microfilm, but the specific opisi are not
The January 1996 Supplement provides more details
about the several series of complete files of documents (dela) available from
selected opisi of NKVD records in GA RF, 1917-1930. Since the termination of the
original Rosarkhiv-Hoover agreement in early 1996, filming continued in GA RF, as apparent
in the third edition of the catralogue.
Contact: Updated information is available from ProQuest Information and Learning
Company, the successor company to Chadwyck-Healey. See the new website: http://www.proquest.co.uk.
Additional information about finding aids to some of the materials is available at the
Hoover Institution: http://www-Hoover.Stanford.edu; E-mail: email@example.com; phone: (650)
723-3563; fax: (650) 725-3445.
- Guide to the Archives of the Soviet
Communist Party and Soviet State: Microfilm Collection, 1993-1996. (Archives of
the Soviet Communist Party and Soviet State: Microfilm Collection). Compiled by Lora
Soroka. Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Archives. 2000.
ELECTRONIC PUBLICATION: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/dynaweb/ead/hoover/fond17.
Provides a survey of the Hoover-Rosarkhiv
microfilm collection noting the fonds in GA RF from which series of files were filmed,
updating the data in the 1956 sales catalogue. More detailed catalogues are in
preparation, some of which are already available to researchers at the Hoover Institution.
Prerevolutionary Police Records
- "The Intercepted Correspondence of Russian
Revolutionaries from the Special Department of the Police, 1906-1917." Woodbridge, CT: Primary
Source Microfilm. 175 reels. "The Russian Archives."
See more details at:
- "Gulag Press, 1920-1937."
Compiled by Jim Verhoeff. Edited by Leo van Rossum. Microfiche edition. Amsterdam:
IDC/IISH, 2005. 649 microfiches.
Additional information is available electronically at the IDC website: http://www.idc.nl.
Collection of Gulag press
publications from the Scientific Library of the State Archive of the Russian Federation,
Moscow, covering the period 1920-1937. Contains prison journals from the 1920s; bulletins,
newspapers, literary and cultural journals from the 1930s; collections of short stories,
poetry, music, and posters; and various propaganda texts and fragments. Guide and title page
of the collection see in Internet: http://www.idc.nl/pdf/284_guide.pdf
NKVD/MVD Records and Special Files
See also coverage under C-6
- Prikazy NKVD SSSR 1934-1941
gg.: Katalog rassekrechennykh dokumentov Gosudarstvennogo arkhiva Rossiiskoi Federatsii. Compiled by N. P. Belikova, Ia. M. Zlatkis, and A. I. Kokurin. Edited by V. A. Kozlov and S. V. Mironenko. Novosibirsk: "Sibirskii khronograf," 1999. 508 p. "Arkhiv
noveishei istorii Rossii, Seriia 'Katalogi,'" vol. 5. [Rosarkhiv; GA RF] (Lib: DLC; MH)
A detailed catalogue of instructions,
circulars, and directives issued by the NKVD Secretariat (fond 9401, opis' 1),
- "Osobaia papka" I. V. Stalina: Iz materialov Sekretariata NKVD MVD SSSR 1944-1953 gg.: Katalog dokumentov/ The "Special Files" for Stalin, From Materials of the Secretariat of the NKVD MVD of the USSR, 1944-1953: A Catalogue of Documents. Compiled by O. V. Edel'man, L. S. Kudriavtseva, E. D. Grin'ko, and M. E. Kolesova. Edited by S. V. Mironenko and V. A. Kozlov. Moscow: "Blagovest," 1994. 355 p. "Russian Archive Series." Distributed abroad
by REES, University of Pittsburgh. "Arkhiv noveishei istorii Rossii, Seriia
'Katalogi,'" vol. 1. [Rosarkhiv; GA RF] (Lib: DLC; IU; MH)
An annotated document-by-document catalogue of
the most important high-level "special files" prepared by the NKVD/MVD
Secretariat for Stalin and his immediate entourage (fond 9401, opis' 2). Files
are listed in chronological order. Includes personal and geographic indexes.
- "Osobaia papka." V. M.
Molotova: Iz materialov Sekretariata NKVD-MVD SSSR 1944-1956 gg.: Katalog dokumentov/ The
"Special Files" for V. M. Molotov: From Materials of the Secretariat of the NKVD-
MVD of the USSR, 1944-1956: A Catalogue of Documents. Compiled by O. V.
Edel'man, L. S. Kudriavtseva, and E. D. Grin'ko. Edited by S. V. Mironenko and V. A.
Kozlov. Moscow: "Blagovest," 1994. 220 p. "Russian Archive Series."
Distributed abroad by REES, University of Pittsburgh. "Arkhiv noveishei istorii
Rossii, Seriia 'Katalogi,'" vol. 2. [Rosarkhiv; GA RF] (Lib: DLC; IU; MH)
document-by-document catalogue of the copies of outgoing documents from the NKVD-MVD
Secretariat addressed to V. M. Molotov.
- "Osobaia papka" N. S.
Khrushcheva. Perepiska MVD SSSR s TsK KPSS (1957-1959 gg.). Iz materialov Sekretariata MVD
SSSR, 1954-1959 gg.: Katalog dokumentov/The "Special Files" for N. S.
Khrushchov. The Correspondence of the MVD of the USSR and the Central Committee of the
Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1957-1959). From Materials of the Secretariat of the
Ministry of Internal Affairs, 1954-1959: A Catalogue of Documents. Compiled by
N. I. Rumiantseva, K. N. Morozov, S. G. Gustev, and V. A. Kozlov. Moscow:
"Blagovest," 1995. 364 p. "Russian Archive Series." Distributed abroad
by REES, University of Pittsburgh. "Arkhiv noveishei istorii Rossii, Seriia
'Katalogi,'" vol. 3. [Rosarkhiv; GA RF] (Lib: DLC; IU; MH)
document-by-document catalogue of the outgoing copies of 2,936 "Special files"
addressed to Khrushchev and the CPSU Central Committee by the MVD Secretariat. Name and
- "Osobaia papka" L. P. Berii:
Iz materialov Sekretariata NKVD-MVD SSSR, 1946-1953: Katalog dokumentov/The "Special
Files" for L. P. Beria, 1946-1953: From Materials of the Secretariat of the NKVD-MVD
of the USSR: A Catalogue of Documents. Compiled by K. G. Liashenko, O. K. Lokteva, E. D.
Grin'ko, and E. A. Danilina. Edited by M. A. Kolerov, V. A. Kozlov, and S. V. Mironenko. 2 vols.
A document-by-document catalogue of the "special files" addressed to
Lavrentii Beriia (Beria). The first volume covers the period 1946-1949, the second through
June 1953. Only part of the documentation has been declassified, but the rest is in the
process of declassification.
- Vol. 1: Iz materialov Sekretariata NKVD-MVD SSSR, 1946-1949: Katalog dokumentov.
Moscow: Red.-izd. otdel Federal'nykh arkhivov, 1996. 681 p. "Russian Archive
Series." Distributed abroad by REES, University of Pittsburgh. "Arkhiv noveishei
istorii Rossii, Seriia 'Katalogi,'" vol. 4. (Lib: DLC; IU; MH)
- Vol. 2: "Osobaia papka" L. P. Berii: Iz materialov Sekretariata MVD
SSSR, 1950-dekabr' 1952 g. Perepiska ministra vnutrennikh del L. P. Berii s Sovetom
Ministrov SSSR i TsK VKP(b): Iz materialov Sekretariata MVD SSSR. Mart-iiun' 1953: Katalog
dokumentov/The "Special Files" for L. P. Beria: From Materials of the
Secretariat of the MVD of the USSR, 1950-june 1953: A Catalogue of Documents.
Moscow, 2000. 595 p. "Arkhiv noveishei istorii Rossii, Seriia 'Katalogi,'" vol.
- *Lubianka: organy VChK-OGPU-NKVD-NKGB-MGB-
MVD-KGB: 1917-1991: Spravochnik. Compiled by N. V. Petrov and A. I. Kokurin.
Moscow: Mezhdunarodnyi fond "Demokratiia," 2003. 766 p.
Series: "Rossiia. XX vek: Dokumenty." (Also listed under C-6).
(Lib: DLC; MH)
- Lubianka: VChK-OGPU-NKVD-NKGB-MGB-
MVD-KGB: 1917-1960: Spravochnik. Compiled by N. V. Petrov and A. I. Kokurin.
Edited by R. G. Pikhoia. Moscow: Mezhdunarodnyi fond "Demokratiia," 1997. 348 p.
Series: "Rossiia. XX vek: Dokumenty," edited by A. N. Iakovlev. (Distributed as
Arkhivno-informatsionnyi biulleten', 1997, nos. 3/4). (Also listed under C-6).
(Lib: DLC; IU; MH)
A detailed guide to the agency structure and evolution of the successive secret police and penal agencies of the USSR (1917-1960) with a list and dates of institutional changes (pp. 125-42). Appendices provide biographical data on successive ministers and deputies, 1924-1960 (pp. 143-58). Half of the volume (pp. 159-330) constitutes texts of 33 normative documents and instructions regarding the agencies, many of which are publicly available for the first time from agency records (predominantly from GA RF).
- Spetsial'nye lageria NKVD/MVD SSSR v Germanii, 1945-1950 gg.: Sbornik dokumentov i statei.
Compiled by G. A. Kuznetsova, D. N. Nokhotovich, Iu. G. Orlova. Edited by V. A. Kozlov and S. V. Mironenko.
Moscow: ROSSPEN, 2001. 376 p. "Arkhiv noveishei istorii Rossii, Seriia 'Publikatsii,'" vol. 3.
[Rosarkhiv; GA RF] (Lib: DLC; MH)Provides an edition of 108 recently
declassified documents (1945-1950) with articles about the records from which they were
taken, the institutional and administrative history, and operational personnel.
Documents Relating to Dissident and Oppositional Movements (1941-1991)
- 5810. Nadzornye proizvodstva Prokuratury SSSR po delam ob antisovetskoi agitatsii i propagande. Mart 1953-1991: Annotirovannyi katalog. Compiled by O. V. Edel'man. Edited by V. A. Kozlov and S. V. Mironenko. Moscow: Mezhdunarodnyi fond "Demokratiia," 1999. 944 p. "Rossiia. XX vek. Dokumenty." [Rosarkhiv; GA RF] (Lib: DLC)
An annotated catalogue of documents relating to individuals prosecuted for "anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda" activities (under statute 58.1 - after 1961, statute 70 of the Criminal Codex), from the records of the Procurator of the USSR (fond R-8131, opisi 31 and 36) and the Supreme Court of the USSR (fond R-9474, opisi 39-41). References appear in alphabetical order, with annotations providing biographical data on repressed individuals or groups, terms of their sentences, and subsequent rehabilitation (were appropriate). Includes name and geographic indexes. A similar catalogue covering the period 1941-1953 is in preparation in GA RF.
Records of the People's
Commissariat for Nationality Affairs
- Protokoly rukovodiashchikh organov
Narodnogo komissariata po delam natsional'noste RSFSR. 1918-1924 gg.: Katalog dokumentov. Compiled
by Ia. M. Zlatkis, I. A. Ziuzina. Edited by V. P. Kozlov, V. A. Kozlov, S. V. Mironenko.
Moscow: ROSSPEN, 2001. 296 p. "Arkhiv noveishei istorii Rossii. Seriia
'Katalogi'," vol. 7). [Rosarkhiv; GA RF] (Lib: DLC; MH)
An annotated catalogue of
the official protocolsof meetings of the People's Commissariat for Nationality Affairs
(1918-1924). Includes personal name, geographic, and agency indexes.
Records of the Soviet Military
Administration in Germany (SVAG/SMAD)
Microfilms of many of the declassified
SVAG/SMAD files are now available in the Bundesarchiv Berlin-Lichterfelde, with a finding aid correlating film numbers to the original GA RF records. See the brief note about the joint Russo-German project to microfilm and describe the SVAG records in GA RF: "'SVAG-SMAD' Informatsiia o khode realizatsii programmy
izucheniia i izdaniia dokumentov Sovetskoi voennoi administratsii v Germanii (1945-1949
gg.)" --http://www.rusarchives.ru/projects/swag.shtml. GA RF is in the process of establishing an electronic catalogue,
with file- and partially also document-level annotations.
- Fondy Sovetskoi voennoi administratsii v Germanii v Gosudarstvennom arkhive
Rossiiskoi Federatsii. Compiled T. V. Tsarevskaia-Diakina, Kai von Jena, D. N. Nokhotovich. 2 vols.
Moscow: "Novyi khronograf," 2004. "Sovetskaia voennaia administratsiia v Germanii
(1945-1949): Dokumenty, materially, issledovaniia." [Rosarkhiv; GA RF; Federal'nyi arkhiv
Germanii]. (Lib: DLC; MH)
Annotates 9,398 declassified
(or partially declassified) files within 18 fonds (111 opisi),
amounting to ca. 94.6% of the SVAG records in GA RF. The first volume covers 7,171 units
from the central SVAG administration (f. R-7317, opisi 1-58, 61-65). The second volume
covers regional administrations and sub-agencies of SVAG, with a total of 1,911 units,
including 316 files from the Allied Control Commission in Germany.
- Vol. 1: Katalog del fonda Sovetskoi voennoi administratsii v Germanii (R-7317). 1945-1953 gg. 774 p.
- Vol. 2: Katalog del fondov upravlenii Sovetskoi voennoi administratsii v provintsiiakh
i federal'nykh zemliakh, drugikh sovetskikh organizatsii v Germanii i Kontrol'nogo soveta
Soiuznoi kontrol'noi vlasti. 1945-1950 gg. 329 p.
- Dokumenty GARF i RGASPI o deiatel'nosti Sovetskoi voennoi administratsii v Germanii
ELECTRONIC VERSION: http://www.rusarchives.ru/secret/swag.shtml.
Lists the recently opened SVAG records in GA RF.
See also Biulleten' rassekrechennykh dokumentov federal'nykh arkhivov i tsentrov khraneniia
dokumentatsii (2002, vyp. 4, pp. 60-140) about declassified SVAG records in GA RF.
- Sachthematisches Inventar zur kulturpolitik der Sowjetischen Militaradministration in Deutschland (SMAD), 1945-1949/
Annotirovannyi perechen' del i dokumentov "Politika Sovetskoi voennoi administratsii v Germanii v
oblasti kul'tury, 1945-1949 gg." Compiled by Sabina Dumshat, Kai von Jena, Hans-Dieter Kreikamp,
T. Tsarevskaia-Diakina. Koblenz, 2002. 339 p. "Materialien aus dem Bundesarchiv/ Materialy federal'nogo
arkhiva," vol. 12. [Rosarkhiv; Federal'nyi arkhiv Germanii; GA RF]
An initial summary inventory of declassified SVAG/SMAD documents relating to cultural
affairs, covering over 4,500 documents in GA RF (most of them from fond R-7317).
- Jena, Kai von. In Mitteilungen aus dem Bundesarchiv, 2003, no. 2, pp. 39-44.
Russian electronic version: Realizatsiia sovmestnoi nemetsko-rossiiskoi programmy izucheniia, ispol'zovaniia i mikrofil'mirovaniia
(Reproduktion) dokumentov SVAG on webpage: http://www.garf.ru/projects7.htm.
Holdings from RZIA in Prague
- Fondy Russkogo Zagranichnogo istoricheskogo arkhiva v Prage: Mezharkhivnyi putevoditel'. Compiled by O. N. Kopylova et al. Edited by T. F. Pavlova et al. Moscow: ROSSPEN, 1999. 671 p. + plates. (Lib: MH)
A detailed fond-level guide
to the Russian emigre collections brought together in the former Russian Foreign
Historical Archive in Prague during the 1920s and 30s and transferred to Moscow in
December 1945 (January 1946) and initially deposited in TsGAOR SSSR. Subsequently,
the holdings were dispersed to approximately 30 different repositories throughout the
former USSR. The present guide includes listings for 860 fonds in 17
repositories. It includes full coverage of the archival holdings of the Don Cossacks
and the Russian Literary Museum also in Prague, which were received together with the RZIA
holdings. Of those covered, 620 fonds are now held in GA RF. Many of the
descriptions include data about the date and source of accession to RZIA and indicate
related holdings in other archives abroad. Includes lists of fonds in each of the
present holding archives, personal- and geographic-name indexes, as well as an index by
type of agency.
Fonds of Polish Provenance
- Archiwalia polskiej proweniencii
terytorialnej przechowywane w Panstwowym Archiwum Federacji Rosyjskiej i Rosyjskim
Panstwowym Archiwum Wojskowym (Archiwalia wladz rosyjskich 1813-1918, archiwalia
niemieckie z ziemzachodnich i polnocnych Polski do 1945, archiwalia Senatu WM
Gadanska1920-1939). Edited by Wldyslaw Stepniak. Warsaw: Naczelna Dyrekcja
Archiwow Panstwowych, 2000. 144 p. (Lib: MH) Also listed under B-8.
Part 1, compiled by Leonid
J. Gorizontov, Vladimir A. Diakov, Zinaida I. Peregudova, and Elena B. Timofeeva, provides
annotated descriptions of prerevolutionary records from agencies under the Congress
Kingdom of Poland as part of the Russian Empire, now held in GA RF (pp. 23-106).
Materials Relating to
- Arkhiv Soveta po delam
religioznykh kul'tov pri SM SSSR: Katalog dokumentov. Compiled
by M. I. Odintsov. Moscow, 1996-. Seriia I: Spravochno-informatsionnye
materialy. = "Arkhivno-informatsionnyi biulleten' (Prilozhenie to Istoricheskiiarkhiv)," vol. 11, 12, 17, 21, 23. [Rosarkhiv] (Lib: IU; MH)
- Pt. 1: (1944-1965). 1996. 164 p. "AIB," no. 11.
- Pt. 2: Arkhiv Soveta po delam religii pri SM SSSR (1955-1957 gg.): Katalog dokumentov. 1997. 151 p. "AIB," no. 12.
- Pt. 3: (1957-1963 gg.). 1998. 140 p. "AIB," no. 17.
- Pt. 4: (1964-1965 gg.). "AIB," no. 21.
- Pt. 5: (1948-1962 gg.). "AIB," no. 23.
The first in a planned series of catalogues covering files of the Council on Religious Cults under the Council of Ministers of the USSR (fond no. 6991), provides a document-by-document catalogue of 1,435 documents in 40 files from opis' 4, covering meetings of the Council, its correspondence, and other documentation relating to a variety of religious sects, including Evangelical Baptists, Old Believers, monasteries, foreign religious groups, and other religious activities.
The second part catalogues an additional 1,676 documents in 13 files (nos. 41-74) from the same opis' (1955-1957), relating to a similiar variety of sects, while the third describes documents in 70 additional files (nos. 74-145; 1957-1963).
- Pechatnye izdaniia arkhivnykh uchrezhdenii Rossiiskoi Federatsii, vyshedshie v svet v 1991-2001 gg. (po fondam Nauchnoi biblioteki): Bibliograficheskii ukazatel'. Compiled by T. S. Buiakevich, E. L. Garanenkova. Moscow, 2002. 104 p. [Rosarkhiv; GA RF] (Lib: MH)
Covers over 894 publications.