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Arkhiv vneshnei politiki Rossiiskoi Imperii (AVPRI)

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Archives of Russia (2000), pp. 282-87; Arkhivy Rossii (1997), pp. 226-29; GAF Spravochnik (1991), pp. 519-22; G&K Spravochnik (1983), p. 47; PKG M&L (1972), pp. 249-55; Sup. 1 (1976), p. 82.

See the coverage of eighteenth-century holdings from the prerevolutionary MGAMID in TsGADA: Putevoditel', pt. 1 (1946), pp. 15–155 (see b–61); those files postdating 1720 from the Collegium of Foreign Affairs are now held in AVPRI, which means that some fonds were transferred intact, while others remain split between RGADA and AVPRI. See also the historical essay on MGAMID by Dremina in b–64.
        For documentation regarding foreign affairs from the razriady (sections) of the prerevolutionary Gosarkhiv, see TsGADA: Putevoditel', pt. 1 (1946): 157–201 (b–61). More recently those materials from MGAMID remaining in RGADA are described in the new TsGADA/RGADA: Putevoditel' (b–60), vol. 1, pp. 204–311, followed by those from the prerevolutionary Gosarkhiv, pp. 312–92.

c-40. Arkhiv vneshnei politiki Rossiiskoi Imperii: Putevoditel'. Compiled by I.V. Basenko, M.A. Borusevich, V.S. Bykov, et al. Edited by I.V. Budnik, et al. Minneapolis: East View Publications, 1996. 452 p. (Lib: DLC; MH).

A comprehensive guide to the archive, including annotations for all of the opisi within individual fonds. Covers five basic sections of the archive: records of the Collegium of Foreign Affairs (1720–1832); central agencies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1802–1917); foreign Russian embassies and other diplomatic agencies (1802–1917); temporary diplomatic agencies and collections of archival materials; and collections of microfilms relating to the history of Russian foreign relations. Includes a helpful introductory agency history of the Ministry (and earlier Collegium) of Foreign Affairs.

c-40.1. Putevoditel' po fondam Arkhiva vneshnei politiki Rossii. Compiled by I.V. Budnik, I.V. Glushkova, I.V. Nikolaeva, et al. 5 vols. Moscow, 1988–1992. Typescript.
        Microfiche edition: Minneapolis: East View Publications, 1992.

The initial typescript five-part guide, following the organizational divisions of the archive, appeared in an initial microfiche edition before the publication of the more comprehensive 1996 guide (c–40).

c-41. Budnik, Igor' Vladimirovich; and Turilova, Svetlana Leonidovna. “Arkhiv vneshnei politiki Rossiiskoi Imperii.” Novaia i noveishaia istoriia, 1994, no. 2, pp. 324–37. (Lib: DLC; IU; MH).

The most recent survey of the history of the archive, its holdings and publication activities.

c-42. Chernetsov, A.S.; and Mazaev, Valerii Ivanovich. “Arkhiv vneshnei politiki Rossii.” Novaia i noveishaia istoriia, 1978, no. 6, pp. 172–79. (Lib: DLC; IU; MH).

A short survey of the history and holdings of the archive.

c-43. Iur'ev, A. “Gosarkhiv vneshnei politiki i ego politicheskoe znachenie.” Arkhivnoe delo, 1938, no. 3 (47), pp. 116–24. (Lib: DLC; IU; MH).

A brief survey of the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century MID records as then organized.

c-44. Maksakov, Vladimir Vasil'evich. “Arkhiv revoliutsii i vneshnei politiki XIX i XX vv.” Arkhivnoe delo, 1927, no. 13, pp. 27–41. (Lib: DLC; IU; MH) [IDC-in R-10,755].

Describes the Archive of Revolution and Foreign Policy, which then held the materials from the St. Petersburg Main Archive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (GAMID) and other prerevolutionary MID records that had been moved to Moscow in 1923. At that time they were combined with the Archive of the Revolution, which later became a separate repository.

c-45. Ikonnikov, Vladimir Stepanovich. “Moskovskii arkhiv Ministerstva inostrannykh del.” In Opyt russkoi istoriografii 1, part 1, pp. 386–413. Kiev, 1891. (Lib: DLC; IU; MH) [IDC-in 1141].

The most detailed description of the prerevolutionary MGAMID with bibliography of other relevant publications.

c-46. Sbornik Moskovskogo glavnogo arkhiva Ministerstva inostrannykh del. 7 vols. Moscow, 1880–1900. (Lib: DLC; IU; MH) [IDC-R-11,148].

The basic series issued by the prerevolutionary MGAMID contains a number of descriptions of various sections of the archive now in AVPRI. See especially the general commentary “Renseignements sur les archives de Russie,” vol. 1 (1880), pp. 2–49, which includes tables covering some categories of foreign office records.

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For detailed descriptions of files relating to American history in AVPRI, see the prerevolutionary descriptions and inventories prepared by Frank A. Golder Guide to Materials for American History in Russian Archives (Washington, 1917; 1937), especially vol. 1, pp. 15–115 (files from 1783–1853), and vol. 2, pp. 1–65 (files from 1854–1870), with further updated commentary by N.N. Bolkhovitinov Rossiia i SShA: Arkhivnye dokumenty i istoricheskie issledovaniia: Analiticheskii obzor (Moscow, 1984) and 1986 English translation. Materials relating to Jews in four fonds are described in Dok. ist. evreev (1997), pp. 339–45.

c-48. But'ko, S.P. “Maloizvestnoe opisanie dokumental'nykh materialov Moskovskogo glavnogo arkhiva Ministerstva inostrannykh del, sostavlennoe A.F. Malinovskim.” Arkheograficheskii ezhegodnik za 1968 god (1969), pp. 380–83. (Lib: DLC; IU; MH) [IDC-in R-10,754 mf. 98-106].

A publication and analysis of major sections of an early nineteenth-century inventory of MGAMID. Many of the materials described are now held in AVPRI, although some remain in RGADA (B–2).

c-49. Belokurov, Sergei Alekseevich. “Moskovskii arkhiv Ministerstva inostrannykh del v 1812 g.” Chteniia v Imperatorskom Obshchestve istorii i drevnostei rossiiskikh pri Moskovskom universitete 243 (1912), no. 4, pp. 1–96. Also published separately: Moscow, 1912. 96 p. (Lib: DLC; IU; MH) [IDC-R-11,170].

Describes the organization of MGAMID with appended documents from several of its divisions. Part of the archive, including the rich library with manuscript books, remains in RGADA (see B–2).

c-50. Bantysh-Kamenskii, Nikolai Nikolaevich. Obzor vneshikh snoshenii Rossii (po 1800 god). 4 vols. Moscow: Tip. E. Lissnera i Iu. Romana/ Tip. G. Lissnera i A. Geshelia, 1894–1902. (Lib: DLC; MH) [IDC-R-5982].
(Also listed as b–99).
        Vol. 1: (Avstriia, Angliia, Vengriia, Gollandiia, Daniia, Ispaniia). 303 p.
        Vol. 2: (Germaniia i Italiia). 271 p.
        Vol. 3: (Kurliandiia, Lifliandiia, Estliandiia, Pol'sha i Portugaliia). 319 p.
        Vol. 4: (Prussiia, Frantsiia i Shvetsiia). 463 p.

These volumes, although technically not archival catalogues, provide detailed descriptions of the diplomatic records. Those up to the year 1720 are preserved in RGADA (B–2). They were originally prepared (but never published) at the beginning of the nineteenth century by the then director of the Moscow archive, under the title “Sokrashchennoe izvestie o vzaimnykh mezhdu Rossiiskimi monarkhami i evropeiskimi dvorami posol'stvakh, perepisiakh i dogovorakh, khraniashchikhsia v Gosudarstvennoi kollegii inostrannykh del v Moskovskom arkhive s 1481 po 1801 god.”

c-51. Golitsyn, Nikolai Vladimirovich. Arkhiv Konstantinopol'skogo posol'stva v Moskovskom glavnom arkhive Ministerstva inostrannykh del. Moscow: Tip. G. Lissnera i A. Geshelia, 1900. 16 p. Initially published as an article in Sbornik MGAMID 7 (1900), pp. 57–72. (Lib: DLC; IU; MH) [IDC-R-11,184].

A detailed inventory of the files of the Russian Embassy in Constantinople (late 18th–19th c.) held by AVPRI.

c-52. Goriainov, Sergei Mikhailovich. 1812: Dokumenty Gosudarstvennogo i S.-Petersburgskogo glavnogo arkhivov. 2 pts. in 1 vols. St. Petersburg: Tip. M. A. Aleksandrova, 1912. 562 p.; 182 p. [MID] (Lib: DLC; IU; MH-L) [IDC-R-10,998].

A complete catalogue of documents relating to the 1812 Napoleonic invasion of Russia held in the two repositories. The second part includes some published texts and extensive indexes.

c-53. Inaba, Chiharu. Russko-iaponskie diplomaticheskie otnosheniia 1850–1917 gg.: Katalog dokumentov (po materialam Arkhiva vneshnei politiki Rossiiskoi imperii). Vol. 1: (1850–1917). Tokyo: Nauka Ltd, 1997. vi, 437 p. Title, text, and indexes in Japanese and Russian. Added English title page and preface. (Lib: IU; MH).

A catalogue of 1,864 documents. Fonds covered include the “Arkhiv ‘Voina’” (fond 134), dealing with World War I; the “Sekretnyi arkhiv ministra” (fond 138), with a complex of secret documents, including late-nineteenth-century Russian-Chinese negotiations, the Russo-Japanese agreement following the Russo-Japanese War (1904–1905); and the “Sankt-Peterburgskii Glavnyi arkhiv” (fond 161) with diplomatic documentation through the 1890s. See c–30 for the continuation covering the years 1917–1962. Plans call for the entire catalogue to be accessible through Telnet at the National Center for Science Information Systems (NACSIS-IR), Tokyo.
CONTACT: Chiharu Inaba, e-mail: TBE00353@niftyserve.or.jp.

c-54. Prousis, Theophilus C. “AVPR (Arkhiv vneshnei politiki Rossii) and the Orthodox East.” In Modern Greek Studies Yearbook, vol. 12/13, pp. 473–503. (Minneapolis, 1996/1997).

Provides a detailed description of documentation in several fonds in AVPRI relating to religious and cultural ties with the Orthodox East, predominantly dating from the first two-thirds of the nineteenth century.

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