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Guide to the Archives of the Soviet communist party and Soviet state microfilm collection: Russian State Archive of Contemporary History (Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi arkhiv noveishei istorii - RGANI)
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Location of Original Materials
  • Related Materials
  • Scope and Content of the Microfilm Collection
  • Scope and Content of the RGANI Records
  • Arrangement
  • Glossary

  • Title: Archives of the Soviet communist party and Soviet state microfilm collection: Russian State Archive of Contemporary History (Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi arkhiv noveishei istorii - RGANI)
    Date (inclusive): 1903-1990
    Collection Number: XX843
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: Russian
    Physical Description: 1011 microfilm reels (151.65 linear feet)
    Abstract: Relates to political conditions in the Soviet Union from 1917 to 1991. Filmed from finding aids and holdings dating from 1903 to 1991 of the Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyĭ arkhiv noveisheĭ istorii.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Contributor: Kommunisticheskai͡a partii͡a Sovetskogo Soi͡uza.

    Access

    Collection open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], original located in RGANI, [Fond number, Opis number, Delo number], Archives of the Soviet communist party and Soviet state microfilm collection, [Reel number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Location of Original Materials

    The original documents are located in three Russian archives:
    • -Russian State Archive of Contemporary History (Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyĭ arkhiv noveisheĭ istorii - RGANI);
    • -Russian State Archives of Social and Political History (Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyĭ arkhiv sot͡sial'no-politicheskoi istorii - RGASPI);
    • and
    • -State Archives of the Russian Federation (Gosudarstvennyĭ arkhiv Rossiĭskoĭ Federat͡sii - GARF).

    Related Materials

    Portions or the entirety of the microfilm collection may be found at the following institutions in addition to the Hoover Institution: The Library of Congress, Grinnell College, Harvard University, John Hopkins University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Ohio University, University of Washington, University of Melbourne Australia, Glasgow University United Kingdom, Bavarian State University, Germany, and Hokkaido University, Japan.
    The microfilms containing only the Russian language opisi or finding aids may be found at the following institutions: University of Illinois, Indiana University, Columbia University, and New York University.

    Scope and Content of the Microfilm Collection

    This collection concerns political conditions in the Soviet Union from 1917 to 1991. The documents come from three Russian archives. Material was selected for microfilming based on two criteria: (1) records of the highest policy-making units of the Communist Party were the priority; and (2) record series were filmed in their entirety, rather than selecting only particular files or documents (except for some of the Gulag material in GARF) Fond R-9414).
    To locate material in the collection, it helps to know that archival documents in the former Soviet Union, and later in the Russian Federation, are arranged in record groups according to the institution that issued or received them. These major groups, which sometimes include thousands of documents, are called in Russian fond (plural fondy). Within each fond the documents are generally divided into smaller groups called opisi (singular opis). opisi are generally organized according to the internal structure of the corresponding institution, but sometimes opisi consist of documents relating to one subject. The Russian word opis has two meanings: (1) a series of documents; and (2) a finding aid. Each opis "series of documents" is provided with a descriptive opis "finding aid." Each opis "series of documents" is further organized into files called dela (singular delo) that contain the documents.
    Out of a total of 11,818 microfilm reels, 11,349 reels contain documents and 469 contain finding aids to the fondy available at the Hoover Institution, as well as to some fondy available only in Russia. Each reel of microfilm contains approximately 850 pages, or frames.
    The microfilm reel numbers consist of two parts separated by a period, for example 3.427. The first numerical segment is a 1, 2, or 3, identifying the Russian archive source; 1 is RGANI, 2 is RGASPI, and 3 is GARF. The second segment, which is sequentially numbered starting with 1, represents a specific microfilm reel number for that Russian archive.

    Scope and Content of the RGANI Records

    Materials described in this document are from the Russian State Archive of Contemporary History (Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyĭ arkhiv noveisheĭ istorii - RGANI).
    Finding Aids to Fondy 4, 5, 6, 8, and 89 at RGANI (15 reels). These Russian-language finding aids were created by RGANI to describe documents in fondy 4-6, 8, and 89. Only the documents in fondy 6 ( opisi 1-6) and 89 are available on microfilm at the Hoover Archives.
    The documents of Fond 6 include materials from the Party Control Commission of the TsK VKP(b), 1934-1952; the Party Control Committee of the TsK KPSS, 1952-1962; and the Party Commission of the TsK KPSS, 1962-1966.
    The records of Fond 89, Communist Party of the Soviet Union on Trial records, 1918-1992, consist of documents submitted to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation for the trial of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

    Arrangement

    The collection is organized by the name of the Russian archive that holds the original materials. There are three finding aids for the collection, one for each one of the Russian Archives:
    • -Russian State Archive of Contemporary History (Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyĭ arkhiv noveisheĭ istorii - RGANI);
    • -Russian State Archives of Social and Political History (Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyĭ arkhiv sot͡sial'no-politicheskoi istorii - RGASPI);
    • and
    • -State Archives of the Russian Federation (Gosudarstvennyĭ arkhiv Rossiĭskoĭ Federat͡sii - GARF).
    Within Russian institutional archive, the materials are organized into two groups: (1) fondy (record groups consisting of documents); and (2) finding aids that describe each fondy. Fondy are usually subdivided into opisi (series of documents); the number of opisi in each fondy varies.

    Glossary

    This glossary defines acronyms and names for all three organizations of the microfilming project: the Russian State Archive of Contemporary History (Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi arkhiv noveishei istorii - RGANI), the Russian State Archives of Social and Political History (Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi arkhiv sotsialno-politicheskoi istorii - RGASPI), and the State Archives of the Russian Federation (Gosudarstvennyi arkhiv Rossiiskoi Federatsii - GARF).
    ASSR
    Avtonomnaia Sovetskaia sotsialisticheskaia respublika
    BUND
    The General Jewish Workers' Union in Lithuania, Poland, and Russia
    Gospolitizdat
    Gosudarstvennoe izdatelstvo politichesko literatury
    GUITK
    Glavnoe upravlenie ispravitel'no-trudovykh kolonii
    Gulag
    Glavnoe upravlenie ispravitel'no-trudovykh lagerei
    GUMZ
    Glavnoe upravlenie mest zakliucheniia
    IKKI
    Ispolnitelnyi komitet Kommunisticheskogo Internatsionala
    IMEL
    Institut Marksa-Engelsa-Lenina
    Komsomol
    Kommunisticheskii soiuz molodezhi
    KPSS
    Kommunisticheskaia partiia Sovetskogo Soiuza
    Krymizdat
    Krymskoe izdatelstvo
    Lenizdat
    Leningradskoe izdatelstvo
    Malyi Sovnarkom
    Malyi sovet narodnykh komissarov
    MOPR
    Mezhdunarodnaia organizatsiia pomoshchi bortsam revoliutsii
    MVD
    Ministerstvo vnutrennikh del
    NKGB
    Narodnyi Commissariat gosudarstvennoi bezopasnosti
    NKID
    Narodnyi kommisariat inostrannykh del
    NKPS
    Narodnyi kommisariat putei soobshcheniia
    NKVD
    Narodnyi kommisariat vnutrennikh del
    OGIZ
    Obiedinennoe gosudarstvennoe izdatelstvo
    OGPU
    Obiedinennoe gosudarstvennoe politicheskoe upravlenie
    Okruzhkom
    Okruzhnoi komitet [partii]
    Politizdat
    Izdatel'stvo politicheskoi literatury
    Profintern
    Krasnyi internatsional profsoiuzov
    PUR RVS
    Politicheskoe upravlenie revoliutsionno- voennogo soveta
    RKI
    Raboche-krestianskaia inspektsiia
    RKP(b)
    Rossiiskaia kommunisticheskaia partiia (Bolshevikov)
    ROSTA
    Rossiiskoe telegrafnoe agenstvo
    RSDRP
    Rossiiskaia Sotsial-Demokraticheskaia Rabochaiia Partiia
    RSFSR
    Rossiiskaia Sovetskaia Federativnaia Sotsialisticheskaia Respublika
    RVSR
    Revoliutsionno-voennyi sovet respubliki
    SNK or Sovnarkom
    Sovet narodnykh kommisarov
    SSR
    Sovetskaia sotsialisticheskaia respublica
    STO
    Sovet truda i oborony
    Tsentrosoiuz
    Tsentralnyi soiuz kooperativnykh obshchestv
    TsIK
    Tsentral'nyi ispolnitel'nyi komitet
    TsK
    Tsentralnyi Komitet
    TsKK
    Tsentralnaia kontrolnaia komissiia
    TSU
    Tsentralnoe statisticheskoe upravlenie
    VChK
    Vserossiiskaia chrezvychainaia komissiia
    VKP(b)
    Vsesoiuznaia kommunisticheskaia partiia (Bolshevikov)
    VLKSM
    Vsesoiuznyi Leninskii Kommunisticheskii Soiuz molodezhi
    VSNKh
    Vysshii Sovet Narodnogo Khoziaistva
    VTsIK
    Vserossiiskii tsentral'nyi ispolnitel'nyi komitet
    VUChK
    Vseukrainskaia chrezvychainaia komissiia
    USSR
    Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Soviet Union--History.
    Soviet Union--Politics and government.
    Communism--Soviet Union.