ArcheoBiblioBase: Archives in Russia: H-69
Muzei A.M. Gor'kogo
Total: 7 fonds, 1868–1990
photographs—60,000 units (1868–1985)
The A.M. Gor'kii Museum, a division of IMLI (E–8), consists of two parts and includes an extensive collection of documentary and illustrative materials relating to Maksim Gor'kii. Although there are some original manuscript materials on display in the Gor'kii Museum, representing various phases of his life, literary and theatrical activities, and relations with his contemporaries, all of the Gor'kii manuscripts and personal papers are officially part of the Gor'kii Archive.
Of particular importance is the Photograph Archive (Fotofond) held by the museum, representing the life and artistic development of Maksim Gor'kii. Photographic documents are divided into several thematic collections, similar to those of the museum itself. These include portraits of Gor'kii and group photographs; family, close friends, and contemporaries of Gor'kii—writers, and men of culture and society; places related to the life and activities of Gor'kii; memorabilia; illustrations for Gor'kii’s writings; writings of Gor'kii for the theater and film; the periods of A.M. Gor'kii’s life and work; and perpetuating his memory. There are also collections on the theater dedicated to Gor'kii and the activities of the A.M. Gor'kii Museum.
The Photograph Archive has a collection of unique negatives (most from Nizhnii Novgorod) of M.P. Dmitriev, N.E. Burenin, Iu.A. Zheliabuzhskii, and the author’s son, M.A. Peshkov. (The negative collection is retained in the main IMLI building—ul. Povarskaia, 25a.)
The A.M. Gor'kii Memorial Apartment-Museum (Muzei-kvartira A.M. Gor'kogo), located in the separate house where Gor'kii lived, displays parts of Gor'kii’s art collection, along with some manuscripts and photographs. It features Gor'kii’s personal library (ca. 10,000 vols.), which is rich in dedicatory autographs, marginalia, and other notes inscribed by Gor'kii himself.