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26 August 2021, 07:04

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During a performance at the Bolshoi Moscow Circus on Vernadsky Prospekt. Photo by L. Knyazhinsky. 1970s Main Archive of Moscow

Most often, they bring photographs from their trips.

Glavarchiv and the centers of public services “My Documents” continue the second stage of the action “Moscow – Caring for History” – “Moscow Photo Chronicle”. Now, citizens can donate not only military artifacts to the Glavarkhiv for eternal storage, but also photographs and films from family archives from the Soviet era to the 2000s. It is planned to create a separate section in the virtual museum “Moscow – Taking Care of History”, where it will be possible to get acquainted with the digitized photographs of the townspeople.

The second stage of the action began in May this year. Most often, townspeople bring films with tourist pictures to the centers of public services against the backdrop of attractions of different cities and on the beaches. Also, a large number of photographs were taken at home during the holidays and at household chores. Interestingly, there are many portraits among the frames.

There are also overseas photographic films. For example, photographs from Mikhail Ustinov’s trip to Poland. They were transferred to the archive by his granddaughter Elizaveta Kopeikina.

Recently, Glavarkhiv received photographic films from the 1970s. The photographs were taken by the cameraman and photographer Leonid Knyazhinsky, and transferred to the archive through the centers of state services by his grandson Sergei Kachanov. Little Sergei is captured in almost all photographs. Of historical interest are the shots taken from the auditorium during a performance at the Great Moscow Circus on Vernadsky Prospekt. Photos taken in a Moscow kindergarten show how children were dressed and what women were wearing. So, you can see two types of fashionable women’s hairstyles: a voluminous haircut for a boy and a high bun.

The transferred materials will be included in the Moscow archive fund. They will be used in publications, exhibitions and urban projects. It is now difficult to print photographs from films; they will be able to get a second life in the archive on a citywide scale.

You can transfer materials within the framework of the action through the centers of public services. An employee of the center, wearing special gloves, will carefully pack the materials, then they will be sent for storage to the Glavarchiv. “My Documents” receive visitors as usual, regional centers work daily from 08:00 to 20:00, flagship offices and the Palace of Public Services at VDNKh – from 10:00 to 22:00.

Within the framework of the action “Moscow – Taking Care of History”, the receipt of wartime documents and things continues: front-line photographs and letters, wartime newspapers, household items and wardrobes. In total, more than 9200 artifacts have now been collected.

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

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