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ArcheoBiblioBase: Archives in Russia: B-7Last update of repository: 3 December 2020
Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi arkhiv literatury i iskusstva (RGALI)[Russian State Archive of Literature and Art]
Agency: Federal'noe arkhivnoe agentstvo Rossii (Rosarkhiv)
[Federal Archival Agency of Russia]
Address: 125212, Moscow, ul. Vyborgskaia, 3, korpus 2
Telephone: +7 499 159-76-85, +7 499 159-73-81; +7 499 159-75-13
Fax: +7 499 159-73-86, +7 499 150-78-10
Opening hours: Information about opening hours of reading rooms see below.
Transport: metro: Vodnyi Stadion; Voikovskaia + trol.: 6, 43
Director: Olga Aleksandrovna Shashkova (tel. +7 499 159-76-85)
Deputy Director: (tel. +7 499 159-73-81)
Head of the Division of Archival Communications: Kseniia Viktorovna Iakovleva (tel. +7 499 156-68-57)
As a centralized archive for documentation in the cultural sphere, RGALI was founded in 1941 under the name of TsGLA, on the basis of the collected manuscript holdings of the State Literary Museum (Goslitmuzei—GLM) and designated fonds from other museums and archives. Currently RGALI is the largest repository of institutional records and personal papers relating to the history of Russian and Soviet literature, social thought, music, theater, cinema, and the fine arts. The chronological scope of its collected documentation covers three centuries—from the eighteenth century to the present, but the main bulk of materials is from the Soviet epoch.
Holdings are divided in two general sections—the division of literature and the division of fine arts. Records of state institutions and social organizations occupy the largest and most important part of these divisions, including those of state administrative organs such as the Ministry (earlier Commissariat) of Culture and the censorship organ Glavlit among other central agencies, professional associations and unions, other non-govermental cultural organizations, scholarly and educational institutions in the realm of art, records film studios, theaters, orchestras, museums, publishing houses, newspapers, and magazines.
Approximately half of the personal papers in RGALI represent materials of literary orientation. The rest deal with other branches of art—theater, ballet, music, cinema, sculpture, architecture, and fine arts. Approximately seventy special subject- or type oriented collections of documents have been assembled from the RGALI’s many miscellanseous accessions—albums, engravings, manuscripts, poetry, letters, memoirs and diaries, photographs, and folklore materials.
During the years 1988–1993 more than 100 fonds or parts of fonds in RGALI were declassified, most representing documents of institutions, organizations, and individuals in emigration or repressed during the Soviet period.
Chital'nyi zal rukopisei
[Manuscript Reading Room]
Chital'nyi zal mikrofil'mov i fondov gosuchrezhdenii
[Reading Room of Microfilms and Fonds of State Institutions]