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Guide to the Archives of the Soviet communist party and Soviet state microfilm collection, 1903-1922: Russian State Archive of Contemporary History (Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi arkhiv noveishei istorii - RGANI)
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Content of the Microfilm Collection
  • Scope and Content of the RGANI Records
  • Access Points
  • Glossary

  • Descriptive Summary

    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: XX843b
    Collection Size: 1011 microfilm reels (151.65 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Relates to political conditions in the Soviet Union from 1903 to 1992.
    Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: Russian

    Administrative Information

    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], Archives of the Soviet Communist Party and Soviet State Microfilm Collection, [Reel no.], Hoover Institution Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were 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 gosudarstvennyi arkhiv noveishei istorii - RGANI);
    • -Russian State Archives of Social and Political History (Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi arkhiv sotsialno-politicheskoi istorii - RGASPI);
    • and
    • -State Archives of the Russian Federation (Gosudarstvennyi arkhiv Rossiiskoi Federatsii - GARF).

    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 gosudarstvennyi arkhiv noveishei istorii - RGANI);
    • -Russian State Archives of Social and Political History (Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi arkhiv sotsialno-politicheskoi istorii - RGASPI);
    • and
    • -State Archives of the Russian Federation (Gosudarstvennyi arkhiv Rossiiskoi Federatsii - 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 fondy) varies.

    Scope and Content of the Microfilm Collection

    This collection concerns political conditions in the Soviet Union from 1903 to 1990. 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 gosudarstvennyi arkhiv noveishei 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.

    Access Points

    Soviet Union--History.
    Soviet Union--Politics and government.
    Communism--Soviet Union.
    Communism.
    Soviet Union.
    Russia (Federation)
    Kommunisticheskaia partiia Sovetskogo Soiuza.
    Soviet Union.

    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 (Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic)
    BUND
    The General Jewish Workers' Union in Lithuania, Poland, and Russia
    Gospolitizdat
    Gosudarstvennoe izdatelstvo politichesko literatury (State Publishing House for Political Literature)
    GUITK
    Glavnoe upravlenie ispravitel'no-trudovykh kolonii (Main Administration of Correctional Labor Colonies)
    Gulag
    Glavnoe upravlenie ispravitel'no-trudovykh lagerei (Main Administration of Correctional Labor Camps and Colonies)
    GUMZ
    Glavnoe upravlenie mest zakliucheniia (Main Administration of Places of Confinement)
    IKKI
    Ispolnitelnyi komitet Kommunisticheskogo Internatsionala (Executive Committee of the Communist International)
    IMEL
    Institut Marksa-Engelsa-Lenina (Marx-Engels- Lenin Institute)
    Komsomol
    Kommunisticheskii soiuz molodezhi (see VLKSM)
    KPSS
    Kommunisticheskaia partiia Sovetskogo Soiuza (Communist Party of the Soviet Union)
    Krymizdat
    Krymskoe izdatelstvo (Crimean Publishing House)
    Lenizdat
    Leningradskoe izdatelstvo (Leningrad Publishing House)
    Malyi Sovnarkom
    Malyi sovet narodnykh komissarov (Small Council of People's Commissars)
    MOPR
    Mezhdunarodnaia organizatsiia pomoshchi bortsam revoliutsii (International Organization for Assistance to the Fighters for Revolution)
    MVD
    Ministerstvo vnutrennikh del (Ministry of Internal Affairs)
    NKGB
    Narodnyi Commissariat gosudarstvennoi bezopasnosti (People's Commissars of State Security)
    NKID
    Narodnyi kommisariat inostrannykh del (People's Commissariat for Foreign Affairs)
    NKPS
    Narodnyi kommisariat putei soobshcheniia (People's Commissariat of Transportation)
    NKVD
    Narodnyi kommisariat vnutrennikh del (People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs)
    OGIZ
    Obiedinennoe gosudarstvennoe izdatelstvo (Joint State Publishing House)
    OGPU
    Obiedinennoe gosudarstvennoe politicheskoe upravlenie (Unified State Political Administration)
    okruzhkom
    Okruzhnoi komitet [partii] (Party committee of an okrug)
    Politizdat
    Izdatel'stvo politicheskoi literatury (Publishing House for Political Literature)
    Profintern
    Krasnyi internatsional profsoiuzov (Red International of Trade Unions)
    PUR RVS
    Politicheskoe upravlenie revoliutsionno- voennogo soveta (Political Administration of the Revolutionary-Military Council)
    RKI
    Raboche-krestianskaia inspektsiia (Worker' and Peasants' Inspection)
    RKP(b)
    Rossiiskaia kommunisticheskaia partiia (Bolshevikov) (Russian Communist Party (Bolsheviks)
    ROSTA
    Rossiiskoe telegrafnoe agenstvo (Russian Telegraph Agency)
    RSDRP
    Rossiiskaia Sotsial-Demokraticheskaia Rabochaiia Partiia Partiia (Russian Social-Democratic Labor Party)
    RSFSR
    Rossiiskaia Sovetskaia Federativnaia Sotsialisticheskaia Respublika (Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic)
    RVSR
    Revoliutsionno-voennyi sovet respubliki (Revolutionary-Military Council of the Republic)
    SNK or Sovnarkom
    Sovet narodnykh kommisarov (Council of People's Sovnarkom Commissars)
    SSR
    Sovetskaia sotsialisticheskaia respublica (Soviet Socialist Republic; union republic)
    STO
    Sovet truda i oborony (Council for Labor and Defense)
    Tsentrosoiuz
    Tsentralnyi soiuz kooperativnykh obshchestv (Central Union of Consumer Cooperative Societies)
    TsIK
    Tsentral'nyi ispolnitel'nyi komitet (Central Executive Committee)
    TsK
    Tsentralnyi Komitet (Central Committee)
    TsKK
    Tsentralnaia kontrolnaia komissiia (Central Control Commission)
    TSU
    Tsentralnoe statisticheskoe upravlenie (Central Statistics Administration)
    VChK
    Vserossiiskaia chrezvychainaia komissiia (All- Russian Extraordinary Commission)
    VKP(b)
    Vsesoiuznaia kommunisticheskaia partiia (Bolshevikov) (All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks)
    VLKSM
    Vsesoiuznyi Leninskii Kommunisticheskii Soiuz molodezhi (All-Union Young Communists League)
    VSNKh
    Vysshii Sovet Narodnogo Khoziaistva (Higher Council for Economy)
    VTsIK
    Vserossiiskii tsentral'nyi ispolnitel'nyi komitet (All-Russian Central Executive Committee)
    VUChK
    Vseukrainskaia chrezvychainaia komissiia (All- Ukrainian Extraordinary Commission)
    USSR
    Union of Soviet Socialist Republics