Welcome to this guide to using archives in Russia and Ukraine, focusing on the major archives and research libraries in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kyiv, and including local archives in Tver and Saratov.
We recommend starting by reading our brief introductory note on what to bear in mind when planning an archive visit.
Then skip ahead to our archives list for in-depth information about the archives you are interested in.
There follows a must-read section on the structure of the archives – essential to get your head around these often complex institutions – and a list of key, archive-specific vocabulary in both Russian and Ukrainian.
This online guide has been developed as part of Andy Willimott’s British Academy Rising Star Engagement-Award, 2017-18.
This website builds on an archive workshop and printed guide funded by the AHRC’s Beyond Text Programme Student-Led Initiatives scheme in 2010 (award ID: AH/I500081/1). Each year the AHRC provides funding from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities. Only applications of the highest quality are funded and the range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. Visit the AHRC website for more information.
The editors gratefully acknowledge the financial contribution of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies towards the workshop and the printed guide. VIsit the BASEES website for more information.
Contributors: Gesine Argent, University of Bristol; Rosie Bainbridge, Trinity College, University of Cambridge; Clare Griffin, University of Cambridge; JJ Gurga, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL; Simon Huxtable, Loughborough University; Alessandro Iandolo, London School of Economics; Kristy Ironside, University of Chicago; Jared McBride, UCLA; Simon Pawley, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL; Samantha Sherry, University College, University of Oxford; Gleb Tsipursky, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The editors of this guide are Andy Willimott, Samantha Sherry, Jonathan Waterlow, and Max Hodgson.
Copyright © Andy Willimott, Samantha Sherry, Jonathan Waterlow, and Max Hodgson, 2017. The right of Andy Willimott, Samantha Sherry, Jonathan Waterlow, and Max Hodgson to be identified as the authors of this work has been asserted in accordance with Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. The editors are happy for sections to be reproduced for students, provided full acknowledgment is given.