The Russian State Archive of Social and Political History (Российский государственный архив социально-политической истории) was created in March 1999 by combining the Russian Center for Storage and Study of Documents of Recent History (RTsKhIDNI, before 1991 – the Central Party Archive) and The Center for Storage of Documents of Youth Organizations (TSHDMO, until 1992 – the Central Archive of the Komsomol). Current fonds continue to focus on the former Communist Party of the USSR, its various institutions, publications, bureaus, congresses, and leaders. Other fonds look at social movements abroad.
RGASPI has several reading rooms, each with an individual archivist in charge who vary in their personality types and helpfulness. Overall, however, the archive is generally accessible and professional.
RGASPI ‘s putivoditel is available at many libraries and on sale rather affordably at the RGASPI bookstore. It is recommend you locate and browse it beforehand.
RGASPI has an on-line database listing its many fonds.
To order materials from RGASPI in advance, a scholar should send an email a week prior to his/her arrival, and attach an official letter from institution to the email. The email should be as follows:
Здравствуйте, уважаемые специалисты Российского государственного архива социально-политической истории.
К Вам обращается (NAME, POSITION).
Я провожу исследование (NAME OF RESEARCH, PURPOSE).
В рамках этой работы я планирую приехать в Москву и заниматься исследованием документов в РГАСПИ (DATE) этого года.
Прилагаю официальное письмо от моего института.
Обращаюсь с просьбой предоставить к моему приезду (ARRIVAL DATE) и приходу в РГАСПИ мне следующие документы:
Р5673 1: Name of file. Date of file
Getting a Propusk
Documents needed: Passport (w/registration). A letter from your university. A zayavleniye must be filled out in reading room one (on the fifth floor).
Time: 30 minutes.
Institution letter template (should be on official letterhead):
Российского государственного архива социально-политической истории
Сорокину Андрею Константиновичу
Уважаемый Андрей Константинович,
Прошу Вашего разрешения на ознакомление с материалами архива (RESEARCHER’S NAME, TITLE, POSITION), в рамках темы (ее/его) исследования (RESEARCH NAME, PURPOSE (DISSERTATION, BOOK, ETC)).
(TITLE, NAME, POSITION OF INSTITUTION OFFICIAL)
Working the Archive
Working days between requesting delo and receipt: 3
Maximum delo that can be requested at one time: unlimited, in principle
Photos from the microfilm projector may be made, with permission, for free. Paper copies will run from 40-52 rubles per copy, depending on the age and type of material.
Prices vary according to the age and type of document. Photos may be taken, with permission, for 14-63 rubles each. Photocopies can be ordered for 27-77 rubles each and may take over a month to process. Scans can run from 44-207 rubles each and generally take less time to process in addition to being of higher quality. Some very old documents may be available for only scans.
A large portion of the material is in microfilm. Unexpected closings or changes to the schedule are not posted on the site. If an archivist is trying to force a few opisi and dela on you, insisting that you need to take a look at them, humor that archivist for a while. They tend to take offense if you don’t at least look at what they are giving you. RGASPI has its own cafeteria, with a retro Euro atmosphere and continuous Soviet films on a big-screen TV.
To visit the RGASPI main reading room at Bolshaya Dmitrovka 15, you must come with an ID and a letter from university/research organization. RGASPI main reading room at Bolshaya Dmitrovka 15 is generally open to all who come.
To visit the reading room at Profsoyuznaya Street 52, a researcher must make an appointment by calling (495) 718-69-85 . We have not tested the room at Profsoyuznaya yet. If you have, let us know how your experience went by sending us an email.
Address: Bolhshaya Dmitrovka 15 (Chekhovskaya/Pushkinskaya/Tverskaya metro station)
Phone number: (495) 694-40-34
Website: click here
The last Friday of each month – closed for sanitarny den