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Last update of repository: 18 March 2020

Istoriko-literaturnyi muzei goroda Pushkina (Leningrad Oblast)


Telephone: +7 812 466-55-10

Opening hours: MWSu 10:00–15:00


Total: ca. 8,000 units; later 19th c.–1990s
manuscript fond—1,415 units; photographs—3,397; negatives—1,402; slides—535; postcards—292; scientific archive—204 units

The museum holds documentary and pictorial materials on the history of the town of Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo). These include collections made by local historians, original documents and copies of documents from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, photographs, and plans of the town and its environs.
        There are photographic records of the building and consecration of the Imperial Fedorovsk Cathedral and of the village of Fedorovsk, and a huge collection of original drafts and plans by the architect V.N. Maksimov, who was closely associated with Tsarskoe Selo. There are a number of documentary and pictorial materials illustrating the history of the four famous schools in Tsarskoe Selo—the Emperor Nicholas Lyceum for Boys (Nikolaevskaia muzhskaia gimnaziia), the Empress Maria Lyceum for Girls (Mariinskaia zhenskaia gimnaziia), the Ecclesiastical Girls’ School (Zhenskoe uchilishche dukhovnogo vedomstva), and the Levitskaia Private School (Chastnaia shkola Levitskoi).
        There are photographs and personal recollections of Lenin’s stay at Tsarskoe Selo and of the events of 1917 and subsequent years. There are also materials on the first radio station in Tsarskoe Selo, as well as manuscripts and photographs of A.B. Vasenko, one of the first Soviet stratisphere aviators. There are also photographs of poets and writers who lived in Tsarskoe Selo—O.D. Forsh, T.G. Gnedich, and V.Ia. Shishkov. Among other graphic materials are drawings by the artists Iu.Iu. and M.Iu. Klever.
        There are documents relating to the history of Pushkin during the Second World War, which give details on the military units that took part in the defense and the liberation of the town. These include photographs and memoirs of the German occupation and a photograph album depicting the destruction inflicted on the town during the war. A number of documents show the postwar history of the town with emphasis on its restoration and its social and cultural life.

Working conditions:
Researchers are accommodated in working offices, where materials are available the same day they are ordered.

Reference facilities:
There are card catalogues and historical reports compiled by the museum staff on various aspects of the history of the town, including the history of streets, buildings, place-names, and personalia (prominent personages in the world of literature, arts, and science associated with Pushkin/Tsarskoe Selo). There is also a necropolis card catalogue of the graves in the cemeteries of Pushkin/Tsarskoe Selo and Pavlovsk, and the architectural monuments in those towns.

Copy facilities:
Photocopying facilities are available.

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