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Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi voenno-istoricheskii arkhiv (RGVIA)

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Finding Aids —  Published — General:

Archives of Russia (2000), pp. 196-201; Arkhivy Rossii (1997), pp. 158-62; Fed. arkhivy NSA (1994), pp. 43-48; GA Spravochnik (1989), pp. 56-62; G&K Spravochnik (1983), pp. 29-30 and 356-60; PKG M&L (1972), pp. 183-89; Sup. 1 (1976), pp. 54-55.

The incomplete list of fonds and opisi of RGVIA available electronically on the website at: http://xn--80adcv1b.xn--p1ai/nsa/pere....
        See also the detailed studies of sources for military history by L.G. Beskrovnyi, Ocherki po istochnikovedeniiu voennoi istorii Rossii (Moscow, 1957) and Istochnikovedenie po istorii russkogo voennogo iskusstva (Moscow, 1954), which cite appropriate fond numbers for many relevant materials in the archive.

RGVIA History


b-190. Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi voenno-istoricheskii arkhiv: Putevoditel'. Compiled by E.N. Dmitrochenkova, A.L. Kornilaeva, N.I. Muraveinikova, L.I. Saet, N.G. Snezhko, et al. Edited by I.O. Garkusha, O.I. Nezhdanova, M.R. Ryzhenkov, A.D. Stepanskii, et al. 4 vols. Moscow: ROSSPEN, 2006–2009. [Rosarkhiv; RGVIA] (Lib: DLC; MH [v.1]).
Electronic edition: http://guides.rusarchives.ru/browse/G...
        Vol. 1: 2006. 512 p. Electronic edition: http://guides.rusarchives.ru/browse/G....
        Vol. 2: 2007. 576 p. Electronic edition: http://guides.rusarchives.ru/browse/G....
        Vol. 3: 2008. 535 p. Electronic edition: http://guides.rusarchives.ru/browse/G....
        Vol. 4: 2009. 431 p. Electronic edition: http://guides.rusarchives.ru/browse/G....

The first volume contains information on fonds of organs of high, central and local military administration, administration of the army, corps and other formations from the 18th to the beginning of the 20th century, as well as collections formed principally of documents of these fond creators.
        The second volume contains information of the field administration of the supreme commander, the commander-in-chief of the army, commander of the army and fonds of the corps in the period of World War I. Also includes fonds of divisions, military formations and parts of different branches of the Russian army operating during the entire existence of the Russian army.
        The third volume contains information on the fonds of the military medical institutions, state and social organizations of sanitary and logistical support of the army, military educational institutions, as well as personal fonds and fonds on the history and activity of the archive from the 18th to the 20th century.
        The fourth volume contains a reference guide to the first three volumes (subject, name and geographic indexes and an index of the distribution of finding aids by volume), as well as information on changes in the composition of the fonds of RGVIA for 2001–2008, a bibliographic list of work prepared using documents of the archive, and a list of fonds not included in volumes 1–3.

b-191. Fondy Rossiiskogo gosudarstvennogo voenno-istoricheskogo arkhiva: Kratkii spravochnik. Compiled by E.N. Dmitrochenkova, L.I. Saet and N.G. Snezhko. Edited by M.R. Ryzhenkov. Moscow: ROSSPEN, 2001. 640 p. [Rosarkhiv; RGVIA] (Lib: DLC; MH).
Electronic edition: http://www.rusarchives.ru/guide/rgvia...; http://guides.rusarchives.ru/browse/G...

Provides an unannotated list of fonds and survey of the reference facilities, and hence does not replace the earlier guides (listed below) that do provide annotations for many of the fonds covered.

b-192. Tsentral'nyi gosudarstvennyi voenno-istoricheskii arkhiv SSSR: Putevoditel'. Compiled by E.A. Elpat'evskaia, A.P. Gudzinskaia, K.M. Nikolashina, E.P. Voronin, et al. Edited by V.N. Avtokratov, I.I. Stroumov, et al. 3 vols. Moscow: GAU, 1979. (Lib: DLC).

Initially restricted “for service use only” (DSP).

b-193. Tsentral'nyi gosudarstvennyi voenno-istoricheskii arkhiv: Putevoditel'. Compiled by A.E. Al'tshuller, G.V. Bogdanov, N.V. Brzhostovskaia, et al. Edited by N.P. Shliapnikov and G.I. Volchenkov. Moscow: GAU, 1949. 455 p. (Lib: RGGU).

Provides much more thorough description of holdings than the earlier 1941 guide or the new 2001 one. Long classified “secret,” few copies were distributed to libraries outside the archive.

b-194. Putevoditel' po Tsentral'nomu gosudarstvennomu voenno-istoricheskomu arkhivu. Moscow, 1941. 199 p. (Lib: DLC; IU) [IDC-R-11,226].

The first and only Soviet published guide to the archive that was openly available to researchers, but much less complete than subsequent initially classified ones (see above).

b-195. Filial Tsentral'nogo gosudarstvennogo voenno-istoricheskogo arkhiva v Leningrade: Putevoditel'. Compiled by A.A. Bregman, N.A. Kalinina, I.M. Karpenko, et al. Edited by G.G. Frolov, B.M. Kozakov, V.V. Maksakov and V.D. Styrov. Leningrad, 1949. 219 p. [GAU MVD SSSR].

The guide—initially classified “top secret”—briefly describes fonds then held in the Leningrad branch of TsGVIA, subsequently transferred to Moscow. A copy is available in the archive library.

b-196. “Voenno-morskaia sektsiia: I–Voennyi otdel.” In Arkhivy SSSR: Leningradskoe otdelenie Tsentral'nogo istoricheskogo arkhiva: Putevoditel' po fondam, edited by A.K. Drezene, pp. 167–96. Leningrad: Lenoblizdat, 1933. (Lib: DLC; IU; MH) [IDC-in R-10,816].

Describes fonds that comprised the Leningrad Branch of TsGVIA and were later moved to Moscow. See the more detailed 1949 guide—b–193.

b-197. Tsentral'nyi gosudarstvennyi voenno-istoricheskii arkhiv SSSR: Novye postupleniia. Vol. 1: 1986–1988 gg. Compiled by E.N. Dmitrochenkova and T.B. Konik. Moscow, 1990. 21 p. [TsGVIA SSSR; Glavarkhiv] (Lib: MH).

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RGVIA History

b-198. Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi voenno-istoricheskii arkhiv: Istoriia v dokumentakh, 1797–2007. Compiled by N.I. Gordeeva, et al. Edited by I.O. Garkusha. Moscow: ROSSPEN, 2011. 983 p. (Lib: DLC).

b-199. Vialikov, Valentin Ivanovich. “Tsentral'nyi gosudarstvennyi voenno-istoricheskii arkhiv SSSR.” In Gosudarstvennye arkhivy SSSR: Uchebnoe posobie, pp. 3–36. Moscow: MGIAI, 1960. (Lib: DLC; MH).

The best account of the historical development of RGVIA.

b-200. “[Tsentral'nyi gosudarstvennyi voenno-istoricheskii arkhiv].” Informatsionnyi biulleten' [GAU], 1958, no. 9. (Lib: IU; MH) [IDC-R-11,315].

The entire issue of the GAU journal contains articles devoted to the holdings and work of TsGVIA. Includes a brief history of the archive and a survey of the prerevolutionary opisi prepared by the Moscow Division of the General Archive of the General Staff.

b-201. Khripach, I. “Moskovskii tsentral'nyi istoricheskii arkhiv—Voenno-istoricheskii arkhiv.” Arkhivnoe delo, 1926, no. 8–9, pp. 3–25. (Lib: DLC; IU; MH) [IDC-R-10,755].

A detailed survey of the formation of the archive as it existed in 1925, after the formation of the separate Archive of the Red Army (now RGVA, see B-8), with important coverage of prerevolutionary reference publications.

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Finding Aids —  Specialized:

More detailed annotated lists of the many published inventories covering materials in RGVIA are provided in the above-cited PKG directories and Fed. arkhivy NSA (1994). See also the article reviewing the inventories prepared by the Moscow Division of the Main Archive of the General Staff in b–199.
        Materials related to the Russian Orthodox Church see Ist. RPTs (1995), pp. 115–18.

Microfilm Collections of Documents
Sources Relating to Jews

b-205. Opisi del (Katalog) Moskovskogo otdeleniia Obshchego arkhiva Glavnogo shtaba. Edited by D.F. Maslovskii. 4 vols. Moscow/St. Petersburg, 1890–1893. (Lib: DLC[v.3]; IU; NN) [IDC-R-9818].
        Vol. 1: Opis' del sekretnogo povyt'ia Moskovskogo otdeleniia Obschego arkhiva Glavnogo shtaba: (47-ia opis'). M.: Tip. shtaba M. voennogo okruga, 1890.
        Vol. 2: Opis' del voinskoi komissii i kabineta (121 i 119 opisi). SPb.: Tip. I.N. Skorokhodova, 1891.
        Vol. 3: Opis' del fel'dmarshalov grafa Rumiantseva-Zadunaiskogo i kniazia Potemkina-Tavricheskogo (193 i 194 opisi). SPb.: Tip. I.N. Skorokhodova, 1892.
        Vol. 4: Opis' del: a) Prezidenta voennoi kollegii, general-fel'dmarshala grafa Nikolaia Ivanovicha Saltykova, b) Vitse-prezidenta Lamba i v) Korpusa byvshego v Gollandii (199, 200 i 153 opisi). SPb.: Tip. I.N. Skorokhodova, 1893.

The first four volumes of this series, with the designated opis' numbers, cover eighteenth-century materials.

b-206. Opis' kazach'ikh del Moskovskogo otdeleniia Obshchego arkhiva Glavnogo shtaba. Compiled by I.I. Dmitrenko. St. Petersburg, 1899. 538, 47 p. (Lib: IU; MH; NN) [IDC-R-10,825].

A separate publication in the same general series as the above (b–205), this large volume covers the Cossack section of the archive for the documents dating from 1723–1812.

b-207. Opisi del Moskovskogo otdeleniia Obshchego arkhiva Glavnogo shtaba. Compiled by N.P. Polikarpov. 8 (unnumbered) vols. St. Petersburg, 1912–1913. (Lib: IU; MH) [IDC-R-9897].
        Op. 152. 1912.
        Op. 160. 1912. vii, 143, 543 p.
        Op. 161a i 161b. 1912. vii, 106, 566 p.
        Op. 291 (11a). 1912. vii, 240, 752 p.
        Op. 292 (9a). 1912. vii, 51, 136 p.
        Op. 293 (7a). 1913. vii, 67, 208  p.
        Op. 133–136, 138–147. 1913. 2, vii, 60, 300 p.
        Op. 208a, 208b, 208v i 208g. 1913. vii, 142, 500 p.

A series of inventories covering early nineteenth-century records in the former Moscow Branch of the Russian Army General Staff Archive. The first volume covers records relating to the Imperial chancellery (1796–1812); op. 160 and op. 161 cover records of Grand Duke Constantine Pavlovich (1800–1932); op. 291 and 292 cover records of the Danubian Army (1809–1847); op. 293 covers the army of Barclay de Tolly and others (1813–1847); op. 133–136, and 138–147 cover records of the Army Inspector’s Department (1812–1816); and the final volume (op. 208a–g) covers records of the armies of Wittgenstein, Wintzingerode, and others (1812–1817). Some additional volumes in this series were prepared but their publication was not completed before World War I. A table available in RGVIA coordinates these opisi with current fond arrangement.

b-208. Katalog Voenno-uchenogo arkhiva Glavnogo upravleniia General'nogo shtaba. Compiled by M.O. Bender. Edited by Viv'en-de-Shatobren. 4 vols. 2d ed. St. Petersburg: Tip. “Berezhlivost'”, 1905–1914. (Lib: IU [1-3 vols.]; MH[inc]) [IDC-R-10,824].
        1st ED.: 7 parts. SPb. 1886–1895.

The inventories in these volumes, expanded from the first edition, cover some of the fonds from the former Military Science Archive (VUA). A new updated electronic catalogues for the entire VUA holdings see in b–211b–213.

b-209. Dvizhenie dekabristov: Imennoi ukazatel' k dokumentam fondov i kollektsii TsGVIA SSSR. Compiled by L.P. Petrovskii. Edited by I.G. Tishin. 3 vols. Moscow, 1975. [757] p. pagination continuous. (Lib: IU; MH).

Characterizes documents in RGVIA relating to the Decembrist movement, with references to the individuals involved, fonds cited, and a subject index.

b-210. Suvorov Aleksandr Vasil'evich (1730–1800): Opis' dokumental'nykh materialov arkhivnogo fonda no. 43. Edited by N.P. Shliapnikov. Moscow: GAU, 1952. 76 p. (Lib: MH) [IDC-R-10,740].

Covers materials dating from 1760 to 1820.

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Microfilm Collections of Documents

b-211. The Napoleonic Wars, 1805–1815. Woodbridge, CT: Primary Source Microfilm, 2004?. 92 reels. “The Russian Archives.”

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b-212. Russo-Japanese War, 1904–1905: From the Military Science Archive at the Russian State Military History Archive. Woodbridge, CT: Primary Source Microfilm, 2004?. 170 reels. “The Russian Archives.”

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b-213. The Papers of Prince Gregory Potemkin. Woodbridge, CT: Primary Source Microfilm, 200?. 253 reels in two parts. “The Russian Archives.”

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b-214. The Russo-Turkish War, 1877–1878. Woodbridge, CT: Primary Source Microfilm, 200?. 120 reels. “The Russian Archives.”

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Sources Relating to Jews
For a list of fonds relating to Jews, see Dok. ist. evreev (1997), pp. 177–83 (electronic version on website: http://www.jewish-heritage.org/sea1.htm).

b-216. Obzor dokumental'nykh istochnikov po istorii evreev v Rossiiskom gosudarstvennom voenno-istoricheskom arkhive. Compiled by A. Vasil'ev. Edited by A. Mal'chikova and L.I. Veksel'man. Moscow: “Evreiskoe nasledie”, 1994. “Evreiskii arkhiv,” vol. 2. (Lib: MH).
Electronic edition: http://www.jewish-heritage.org/sea2.htm

Provides detailed annotations of 18 fonds containing Jewish-related materials (with opis' and file unit numbers).

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Finding Aids —  Specialized — Unpublished:

b-217. Avtokratov, Aleksei Vladimirovich. “Voenno-istoricheskie arkhivy dorevoliutsionnoi Rossii: Dissertatsiia na soiskanie stepeni kandidata istoricheskikh nauk.” Moscow: MGIAI, 1990. Typescript candidate dissertation.

A detailed history of the development of the Military Science and the Lefort Archives to 1918.

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