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Last update of repository: 6 December 2020

Tsentral'nyi gosudarstvennyi arkhiv goroda Moskvy (TsGA Moskvy)

Otdel khraneniia audiovizual'nykh dokumentov—Fondy byvshego Tsentral'nogo arkhiva elektronnykh i audiovizual'nykh dokumentov Moskvy (TsAE i ADM)
[Division for Preservation of Audio-Visual Documents—Holdings from the former Central Archive of Electronic and Audio-Visual Documents of Moscow]

Address: 109554, Moscow, ul. Mezhdunarodnaia, 10

Telephone: +7 495 678-70-67, +7 495 678-73-67

Fax: +7 495 671-00-10

Reading room: +7 495 678-73-67, +7 495 678-73-67 (RdngRm no. 3)

Website: http://cgamos.ru/storage_centers/237/

Opening hours: M 9:30–16:30, TuTh 12:00–20:00, F 9:30–15:00 (year round)
Transport: metro: Ploshchad' Il'icha, Rimskaia


Total: 331,309 units; 1930s–2016
films—4,665 units; photographs—308,022 units; sound records—13,187 units; video records—4,411 units

The former Central Archive of Audio-Visual Documents was established as a specialized repository, predominantly for audiovisual documentation from the city of Moscow, with holdings mostly from the postrevolutionary period.
        The archive received materials from various municipal organizations, including manufacturing and transportation enterprises, and from the editorial offices of Moscow newspapers and magazines. In terms of political events, there are, for example, photographs of meetings of sessions of Moscow City and Raion Soviets of Peoples’ Deputies. There are photographs of factory work and developments, many of which are received from factories such as the Moscow Pipe Works, the Red Rose (“Krasnaia roza”) Textile Works, the ZIL Automobile Factory, the Dinamo Electrical Machine-Building Factory, and the Krasnyi Proletarii Machine-Tools Factory. These portray technological equipment and processes, Communist celebrations, labor prizes and awards, and memorial observances.
        There are photographs of urban development portraying the construction of new regions of the city—Troparevo and Khimki-Khovrino, among others, the construction of the Ostankino television center, Kalinin Prospekt (now Novyi Arbat), Domodedovo Airport, and the building complexthat now houses the Government (earlier Mayor’ s Office) of Moscow (former building of the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance—SEV).
        There are many photographic materials from educational institutions, such as Moscow State University, the N.E. Bauman Higher Technical School, the Veterinarian Academy, and the Institute of Civil Engineers; from social organizations, such as the Central House of Literati, the Central Exhibition Hall, the Moscow Palace of Pioneers and School Children, the M. Gor'kii Palace of Culture, and from sports organizations, such as Luzhniki Stadium.
        During recent years the archive has acquired a wide variety of photographs, including some from the scholarly conference “Historical Necropolises of Moscow,” press conferences by leaders of political parties (including the Liberal-Democratic Party of V.V. Zhirinovskii), and photographic reports from MVD RF (including some from the Central Museum of MVD), and various celebrations in the city.
        There is also a collection of personal photographs by various photographers. In recent years the archive has been actively purchasing photographic and video materials from individuals.
        Sound recordings include magnetic tapes with performances of social leaders, revolutionary veterans, war veterans, labor heros, voices of cosmonauts, well-known scientists and cultural leaders. There are also recordings of famous actors in theaters of the capital, dramatic recitations, singers, and musicians—V.I. Kachalov (pseud. of Shverubovich), I.S. Kozlovsky (Kozlovskii), S.Ia. Lemeshev, B.N. Livanov, and D.F. Oistrakh, among others.
        Documentary films are accessioned from many sources, including film studios, such as the Central Studio of Documentary Films (TsSDF). Film footage is available for many important political events, including CPSU Congresses (XIXth–XXVIth), CPSU municipal conferences, trade-union conferences, andthe work of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. There is film footage reflecting many aspects of the economic development of the city, including factories and manufacturing enterprises, and various cultural, scientific, and sporting events.
        During the 1990s, in a cooperative project in association with IRI RAN (E–3), videotaped interviews are being prepared with military leaders who participated in World War II. Videotapes and photographs are also being prepared of the rebuilding of the Church of the Redeemer (Khram Khrista Spasitelia).
        The holdings of former Archive for Records on Electronic Media embraces electronic documentation created in Moscow by both governmental and non-governmental agencies, including private organizations and individuals. According to the founding decree it also includes electronic documentationrelating to the history of Moscow, irregardless of its place of creation. The archive also accessions registration documentation, archival reference materials, and other data relating to fonds in the archive.
        In December 2003, TsADENM accessioned its first major documentary complex with the acquisition of the database of “Licenses” (“Litsenzii”) of the state agency ”Mosstroilitsenziia,” containing data on construction licensing in the Moscow region for 1993–2002. That database with related electronic resources constitutes fond no. 1 in the archive, and has 40,000 entries for construction agencies applying for licenses and over 85,000 licenses issued. Also included are registration data and documentation on appraisal in connection with the approval process, all of which required appropriate processing and description by specialists in the archive.

With the April 2013 reorganization of Glavarkhiv Moskvy the Central Archive of Electronic and Audio-Visual Documents of Moscow (TsAE i ADM) was abolished and its fonds were transferred to the new Central State Archive of the city of Moscow (TsGA Moskvy).
        The Central Archive of Electronic and Audio-Visual Documents of Moscow was established in February 2008 as a combination of two earlier separate archives: the Central Archive for Records on Electronic Media of Moscow (TsADENM), established in 2002, and the separate Central Archive of Audio-Visual Documents of Moscow (TsAADM), as reorganized in 2002.
        TsAADM itself dates back to 1976, when the Central State Archive of Documentary Films, Photographs, and Sound Recordings (TsGAKFFD g. Moskvy) was established on the basis of the audiovisual holdings of the Central State Archive of the City of Moscow (TsGA g. Moskvy). Earlier located in the building of Mosgorarkhiv (now Glavarkhiv), it was moved to its present location in 1992. It was renamed the Central Moscow Archive for Documents on Special Media (TsMADSN) in May 1993 and reorganized as the Central Archive of Audio-Visual Documents of Moscow (TsAADM) in 2002.
        The Central Archive for Records on Electronic Media of Moscow (TsADENM) was established in November 2002 as a repository for electronic documentation of the Archival Fond of Moscow, including materials designated for temporary as well as those for permanent preservation.

Working conditions:
Researchers can work with documents from former TsAE i ADM in reading room no. 3 (ul. Mezhdunarodnaia, 10, korp. 4). It conducts paid thematic searches on request for researchers. Facilities are available for viewing videotapes and film materials on special editing tables, and for listening to sound recordings. Control prints of photographs are immediately accessible through the catalogue. Orders for viewing film materials should be made one to three days in advance. The use of portable computers is permitted, if no electric hookup is required.

Reference facilities:
The archive has systematic, subject, geographic, and personal name catalogues for films, photographs, and sound recordings, as well as additional catalogues for names of institutions, organizations, and firms, and some personal collections of photographs. The archive has also some unpublished surveys of specific subject-oriented documentary complexes, including photographs and sound recordings relating to World War II, photographs of Moscow streets, theater life in Moscow, among others.

Copy facilities:
Xerox, photo, video, and audio copies can be ordered.

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