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Main Archive of Moscow

Moscow registration is not required to work with official papers of institutions, enterprises, public organizations, as well as personal materials of famous residents of the capital.

IN Main Archive of Moscow almost 20 million files are stored, each of which contains a significant amount of documents. Most of them cover the period from the last third of the 18th to the 21st century. But there are also earlier materials dating from the 17th century. And these are not only the official papers of the capital’s institutions, enterprises, public organizations, but also the personal funds of the townspeople who have made a great contribution to science, art, architecture and so on.

The department has three reading rooms, each of which has its own specialization. Documents of organizations, institutions, enterprises created before and after 1917 are available in the reading room at 80 Profsoyuznaya Street. You can work with materials from personal collections, copies of documents before 1917 on microfilm, scientific and technical documentation of Moscow in the reading room hall at 82 Profsoyuznaya Street, building 1. And those who are interested in studying film, photo and audio documents, archival materials on the socio-political history of Moscow, can come to the reading room on Mezhdunarodny Street (10, building 4 ).

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To visit the reading room, you must enroll in it. To do this, you need to come to the Glavarkhiv with a passport or other identity document – a temporary identity card, military card, residence permit. In this case, registration can be any, not only Moscow. In some cases, in accordance with Russian legislation, you may also need documents that confirm the visitor’s authority to work with documents of certain categories. You can find out more in the reading room of the Glavarchiv or at the official department website.

When registering for the reading room, you also need to write an application, fill out a user form and consent to the processing of personal data. Visitors who have been sent to the archive on an official basis submit an official letter instead of a statement.

Those citizens who are going to work with scientific and technical documentation should be provided with documents confirming their authority to obtain documented information on real estate objects owned by the city of Moscow, federal, municipal or private property.

After registering in the reading room, you can get acquainted with the case histories and apply for the issuance of archival materials both in paper and digital form, as well as in the form of microfilms and microfiches. Reading room staff are ready to help new users. When working in the reading room, you can also use the services of the archive for making copies of the necessary documents.

In 2020, a new hall of the research and reference library was opened. Its main advantage lies in the fact that visitors can independently find a number of reference publications that were previously provided only by the archive staff.

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Since the fall of last year, the Moscow Glavarchiv began to provide a new online service. Now, in electronic form, you can apply for the issuance of documents in reading rooms… When the order is ready, a notification about the issue of cases with an invitation to visit the reading room is received by e-mail. Previously, in order to get the necessary documents in the reading room, residents of the capital had to come twice. The first time – to order archival materials, the second – to work with them.

Issued archival files are stored in the reading rooms for 10 to 20 working days, depending on the type of documents. This means that the reader can come and study voluminous cases throughout this period.

Users who register in the reading room to search for information about their ancestors can look at metric books not only in the Glavarkhiv, but also in online service “My family”which was launched in December 2020. In “My Family” the registers of births of more than 1400 temples are posted. It was the churches that until 1917 served as the modern departments of the registry office – they kept records of birth, marriage and death.

As a result of a large-scale reconstruction, all reading rooms have become more comfortable and modern: the number of workplaces has doubled, new furniture and computers have been installed, and multi-level lighting is provided.

Reading rooms at all locations are open on Mondays from 09:30 to 16:30, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 to 20:00, on Fridays from 09:30 to 15:00. The halls comply with the necessary sanitary requirements: the tables are located at a great distance from each other, the premises are regularly disinfected. Visitors are required to bring a mask and gloves.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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