ArcheoBiblioBase: Archives in Russia: B-12
Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi arkhiv sotsial'no-politicheskoi istorii (RGASPI)[Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History]
Agency: Federal'noe arkhivnoe agentstvo Rossii (Rosarkhiv)
[Federal Archival Agency of Russia]
Address: 125009, Moscow, ul. Bol'shaia Dmitrovka (formerly Pushkinskaia), 15
Telephone: +7 495 694-51-12, +7 495 629-97-26
Fax: +7 495 692-90-17
Opening hours: Information about opening hours of reading rooms see below
Transport: metro: Chekhovskaia, Pushkinskaia, Tverskaia, Okhotnyi riad
Director: Andrei Konstantinovich Sorokin (tel. +7 495 694-51-12)
Deputy Director: Sergei Andreevich Kotov (tel. +7 495 694-50-87, +7 495 629-97-26)
Deputy Director: Valerii Nikolaevich Shepelev (tel. +7 495 629-08-29)
Head of Use Division: Galina Vladimirovna Gorskaia (tel. +7 495 692-59-51)
With the March 1999 Rosarkhiv reform, RTsKhIDNI was combined with the former separate Central Archive for Komsomol records, which since 1992 had been known as the Center for Preservations of Records of Youth Organizations—TsKhDMO. The consolidated archive was renamed the Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History—RGASPI and now serves as the main depository for documentation relating to the history of socialism, the records of the CPSU and its predecessors, mainly before 1953, as well as the records of the Komsomol.
RTsKhIDNI was established in October 1991 on the basis of the former the Central Party Archive—TsPA IML, under the Institute of Marxism-Leninism, which was nationalized by the presidental decree in August 1991.
The Central Archive of the Komsomol was established in 1965 on the basis of the archive of the General Division of the VLKSM Central Committee. In accordance with nationalization in 1991, the Komsomol Archive was transformed into a new center and officially renamed TsKhDMO in July 1992. As part of the Rosarkhiv March 1999 reorganization, TsKhDMO was abolished as a separate archive and its holdings combined with those of RTsKhIDNI as part of the consolidated RGASPI.
N.B. Researchers should note that most CPSU records postdating 1953 are now held in the Russian State Archive of Contemporary History (RGANI) (before March 1999: Center for the Preservation of Contemporary Documentation—TsKhSD, see B-13). Komsomol records earlier maintained in the Center for Preservation of Records of Youth Organizations (TsKhDMO) are now part of RGASPI. Many important files from various CP agencies are still retained in the Presidential Archive (C–1).
Chital'nyi zal no. 1 (Dokumenty po istorii Rossii i Zapadnoi Evropy)
[Reading Room no. 1 (Records of the History of Russia and West Europe)]
Chital'nyi zal no. 2 (Dokumenty mezhdunarodnogo rabochego dvizheniia)
[Reading Room no. 2 (Records of International Labor Movements )]
Chital'nyi zal no. 3 (Dokumenty Komsomola i molodezhnykh organizatsii)
[Reading Room no. 3 (Records of the History of Komsomol and Youth Organizations)]
Holdings from the former Central Party Archive (TsPA)(1991–1999—RTsKhIDNI)
[Russian Center for Preservation and Study of Records of Modern History]
Holdings from the former Komsomol Archive (1992–1999—TsKhDMO)
[Center for Preservation of Records of Komsomol Organizations]