ArcheoBiblioBase: Archives in Russia: C-3
Arkhiv vneshnei politiki Rossiiskoi Imperii (AVPRI)[Archive of Foreign Policy of the Russian Empire]
Agency: Ministerstvo inostrannykh del RF (MID Rossii)
[Ministry of Foreign Affairs]
Istoriko-dokumental'nyi departament (IDD)
Address: 113093, Moscow, ul. Bol'shaia Serpukhovskaia, 15
Telephone: +7 499 236-52-01
Fax: +7 499 241-51-06; +7 499 244-44-11; +7 499 244-27-80
Reading room: +7 499 236-04-47
Opening hours: MTuTh 9:30–17:00; WF 9:30–15:00
9 July 2012–2016 closed for reconstruction
Transport: metro: Serpukhovskaia, Dobryninskaia
Head: Irina Vladimirovna Popova (tel. +7 499 236-83-97; +7 499 236-74-93)
The archive was established in 1946 on the basis of records from the prerevolutionary Moscow Main Archive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MGAMID), the Main Archive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (GAMID) in St. Petersburg, and also the Chancellery of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Empire. In October 1992 the archive was renamed AVPRI, and since 1993 operates as a division of IDD MID.
The eighteenth-century division contains records from the prerevolutionary Moscow Main Archive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MGAMID), which had remained the main depository for official diplomatic records until the early 1830s. Nineteenth- and early twentieth-century complexes include: holdings of the former St. Petersburg Main Archive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (GAMID); records which had been retained in the chancellery archive of the Foreign Ministry itself in St. Petersburg; and records of various Russian embassies, missions, and consulates abroad.
There are also personal fonds of diplomats, a special collection of original treaties, and several other special collections.