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For lists of individual guides please refer to Grimsted's works and the website Arkhivy Rossii . The materials in this section are provided to introduce the scholar to the types of information available in this type of archival resource or to other types of finding aids that assist in the identification of individual guides.

Microfiche collections of published finding aids and reference literature:

Archives and Manuscript Collections in the USSR: Finding Aids on Microfiche:

  • Series 1: Moscow and Leningrad, ed. P. K. Grimsted (Zug, Switzerland: IDC, 1976)
  • Series 2: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Belorussia, ed. Grimsted (Zug, Switzerland: IDC, 1981)
  • Series 3: Soviet Ukraine and Moldavia, ed. Grimsted (Leiden; IDC, 1989)

These are annotated catalogues listing microfiche reprint editions of archival guides, catalogues, and other reference aids, coordinated with listings in the Grimsted directories.


Russian Archives Project


Russian Archives Project screenshotThis link will take you to the site of the project where you can find a list of all the archival guides published in this series. There is also a list of the forthcoming volumes to watch for.


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Putevoditel'. Tom 1-5. Gosudarstvennyi arkhiv Rossiiskoi Federatsii

Moscow: Izd. "Blagovest".
UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Russian Reference (Slavic) 016.947 G6992p

Sample entries are given below to demonstrate the type of information available in these guides. This is one in the series issued through the Russian Archives Project.

a sample entry from Guide to GARF


a sample entry from Guide to GARF

a sample entry from Guide to GARF

a sample entry from Guide to GARF

Putevoditel'. Tom I. Fondy Gosudarstvennogo arkhiva Rossisskoi Federatsii po istorii Rossii XIX-nachala XX vv., p. 278-279.

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Tsentral'nyi Gosudarstvennyi Arkhiv Sankt-Peterburga. Putevoditel' v dvukh tomakh.

Dering, N. I., T. S. Koniukhova, O. IU. Nezhdanova. Moscow: "Zven'ia". 2002.
UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Russian Reference (Slavic) 027.04721 T787

a sample entry from Tsentral'nyi Gosudarstvennyi Arkhiv Sankt-Peterburga. Putevoditel' v dvukh tomakh

This detailed guide is an excellent resource for those interested in the Soviet period in St. Petersburg. The two volume set is organized by topic beginning with government, economics, socio-cultural materials, administrative-political organizations, law, personal archives, collections and a list of unannotated fondy. Each entry begins with a brief history of the organization or institution involved. In the section on personal archives each description begins with a short biography. The annotation then continues with a fairly detailed description of the contents of the archive. Each entry also includes information ont he size of the fond, the number of documents. Some of the entries can be very lengthy. The entry shown above from volume two (p. 486) is very brief.

The guide also includes a number of supplementary articles beginning with a list of fondy acquired in the archive from 1998-2001. There is also a brief history of the city and administration from 1917-2001. Also included are a guide to the history of the government, a list of the heads of the city's executive committee and the regional executive committee during the Soviet Period. A list of all the fondy in the archive, a name index and a bibliography conclude the volume.

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Peterburg v epokhu Petra I. Dokumenty v fondakh i kollektsiiakh Nauchno-istoricheskogo arkhiva Sankt-Peterburgskogo instituta istorii. Katalog. Ch. I.

Spb.:Nauka. 2003.

UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Russian Reference (Slavic) 947.21 P442 V.1

a sample entry from Peterburg v epokhu Petra I
Peterburg v epokhu Petra I. Ch. I, p. 252

Pictured above is an entry from a recent guide to the St. Petersburg Institute of History Archive. The materials described in this guide form a picture of life in the early years of the city's formation, during the first quarter of the 18th century. The materials included in the guide describe all facets of life in the city from the manners of the time to the architecture of the newly constructed city, from its industry to its social life. Arranged chronolgically, the descriptions of the documents are also accessible through the name, geographic and thematic indexes included in the volume. In all, some 3,952 documents from 18 fondy and 32 collections are described in the guide. Each entry begins with the date of the materials in the fond, a description of the document and the names of the individuals who either created the document or are of importance for its subject matter. Notes on the document follow. In the example above it is noted that the documents are copies of the originals from the end of the 19th century.

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Gosudarstvennyi arkhiv Novosibirskoi oblasti: putevoditel'.

Vyshatko, N. N.; O. K. Kavtsevich; R. K. Sukhanova. Moscow: "Zven'ia". 2002
UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Russian Reference (Slavic) 027.0573 G699

a sample entry from Gosudarstvennyi arkhiv Novosibirskoi oblasti: putevoditel'

Another in the series entitled Arkhivy Rossii. Putevoditeli This volume continues the detailed descriptions of the archive that can be found in other titles in this series. The guide to the Novosibirsk archive is divided into a brief prerevolutionary section, a section on the fondy of the Soviet period and a section devoted to materials on the Communist Party and the Komsomol. The guide also contains a list of photographic materials available in the archive. The supplementary materials include a list of the first secretaries of the Novosibirsk communist party and a guide to the history of the administrative and political history of the region from the 18th century to the end of the 20th century. One of the most useful indexes in the guide is a list of the fondy that have been transferred to other archives and their present locations. There is also a list of materials acquired between 1999 and 2001. A name index is also included.

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Spravochnik po fondam Tsentral'nogo gosudarstvennogo arkhiva Moskovskoi oblasti.

Moscow: TSGAMO. 2004.

UIUC Call Number: International & Area Studies Russian Reference (Slavic) 027.47312 Sp762

This guide is organized as many of the traditional guides to the Russian/Soviet archives have been in the past. The fondy are arranged topically. A listing of personal archives is reserved for the final section of the volume. An index of societies, organizations and institutions is included.

a sample entry from Spravochnik po fondam Tsentral'nogo gosudarstvennogo arkhiva Moskovskoi oblasti
Spravochnik po fondam Tsentral'nogo gosudarstvennogo arkhiva Moskovskoi Oblasti. p. 291

The entry above is typical of the information found in this guide. The name of the fond, its number and size of the depository initiate the entries. A brief description of the contents follows.

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