ArcheoBiblioBase: Archives in Russia: G-18
Nauchnaia biblioteka Rossiiskoi Akademii khudozhestv (NB RAKh)
Total: ca. 20,000 units, 17th–20th c.
MS books—10 units (17th–19th cc.); photographs—ca. 3,500 (late 19th–20th cc.); ex libris—ca. 2,500 units (18th–20th cc.); prints, lithographs—ca. 14,000 units (18th–20th cc.)
The library, founded as part of the Academy, specializes in literature relating to fine arts, decorative and applied art, architecture, and the history of art. The basic holdings (ca. 510,000 units) include the former private libraries of I.I. Betskoi, S.G. Gasilov, G.G. Grimm, August Ricard de Monferrand, A.N. Olenin, D.A. Rovinskii, I.I. Shuvalov, A.S. Stroganov, and G.S. Vereiskii, among others. Many of the rare holdings include autographs and other inscriptions.
In addition to printed materials, the library has significant manuscript books and archival materials, as well as collections of engravings, prints, lithographs, ex libris, posters, reproductions, and photographs.
Ten manuscript books of religious content (17th–19th cc.) include an illuminated codex of religious morality, primers, an illuminated Apocalypse with glosses by St. Andreas, Archbishop of Crete, an iconic original from Mount Athos, texts relating to Christian iconography, and reproductions of Byzantine miniatures (10th–12th cc.).
The collection of engravings includes the works of Russian painters from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, such as E.P. Chemesov, I.V. Cheskii, M.I. Makhaev, I.I. Skorodumov, and N.I. Utkin, as well as the works of foreign masters. Among those are a series of volumes from the collection of prints from the cabinet of Louis XIV, which was transferred to the Academy by Count I.I. Shuvalov in 1760, and albums of engravings by Giambattista Piranesi and William Hogarth.
Ex libris from 18th–20th cc. include the collection of Baron Armin de Fölkersam (A.E. Fel'kerzam), who prepared ex libris for the imperial palace libraries. There are works of teachers and students of the All-Russian Academy of Arts from the 1930s, and works of modern painters who were affiliated with the Academy, such as P.A. Shillingovskii, K.I. Rudakov, and I.N. Pavlov, among others. There are prints and engravings by P.P. Belousov, G.S. Vereiskii, V.A. Vetrogonskii, V.V. Voinov, and M.S. Taranov, among others.
Photographs (19th–20th cc.) are represented by the original work of photographic artists such as I.F. Barshchevskii, I.V. Boldyrev, M.P. Dmitriev, and A.O. Karelin, among others. There are also albums of landscape photographs from different countries; pictures of ethnographic subjects; many photographs of architectural monuments and interiors of buildings of St. Petersburg, and of works of art; and portraits of statesmen, scientists, painters, architects, and art collectors. There are also commemorative albums of students and teachers of the Academy who were killed in World War II, as well as photographic records of the Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union (TASS) from the 1930s through 1960s.
Exhibitions of the Academy over the last two centuries are reflected in collections of posters, leaflets, and invitations. The library holds reports beginning with the 1960s of conferences and memorial meetings dedicated to painters that were held on its premises, starting in the 1960s.