State Archives of the Novgorod region

State Archives of the Novgorod region

The State Archives of the Novgorod region was founded in 1919. The archival documents describe the political, socio-economic and cultural development of Novgorod Land (15 - early 18 cc.), the Novgorod province and governorate (1727 - 1927), the Novgorod and Borovichi districts of the Leningrad region (1927 - 1944), and the Novgorod region (1944 - 2013).

CollectionsWaltraut Feldman’s letter of thanks to Novgorod Nikolai's girl’s high school 21.6.1913. State Archives of the Novgorod region.

Materials of the archives are mainly represented by archival collections of institutions, organizations, and enterprises for the period from late 1700s to early 2000s. The documents reflect such events of the nationwide and regional history as the War of 1812, the establishment of military settlements, the peasant, rural and judicial reforms of the 1860s, Stolypin’s reforms, the revolutionary events of 1905 and 1917, the New Economic Policy, collectivization, World War II, and the formation of the Novgorod region in 1944 and its post-war development.

The history of the Novgorod diocese since the 15th century is reflected in the documents of the collections of Novgorod theological consistory, ecclesiastical administrations, the Iversky, Khutynsky, Vyazhischsky, St. George (Yuriev) and other monasteries, churches and cathedrals, Novgorod Theological Seminary, and religious schools. The history of relations between the Soviet government and Novgorod diocese was reflected in the documents from collections of local government boards, the authorized agent of the Board of Religious Affairs under the USSR Council of Ministers of the Novgorod Region, Novgorod Diocesan Council, and the theological and pastoral school.

Scientific and technical documentation is presented by projects of planning and construction of cities and towns of the Novgorod region, projects for construction of enterprises, buildings, and roads; projects, estimates, and reports for the restoration works of landmarks in Veliky Novgorod and the surrounding area, etc.

The collection of photographic documents includes negatives, positives, and photo albums illustrating the history of the Novgorod region in the 20th century.

Private documents

Personal documents are presented by the collection of Count A.A. Arakcheev, collections of Novgorod landowners and industrialists, Novgorod regional ethnographers, members of the revolutionary movement and the civil war, heroes and veterans of World War II, heads of institutions, enterprises and, organizations of the Novgorod region, scientists, archivists, literary critics, poets, writers, journalists, actors, and artists.

The family archives of Novgorod regional ethnographers Vasily and Vladimir Peredolsky contains documents on archaeological research in Novgorod and the surrounding area, the establishment of the Novgorod Society of antiquity, documents for the land and the peasants of the 17 - 19 centuries, manuscripts of the 18 - 19 centuries, including The Muscovite Law Code (Ulozhenie) of 1649, a collection of the letters of Peter I, etc.

Collection of rare and valuable books

The collection of rare and valuable books of the State Archives of the Novgorod region includes the examples of handwritten Cyrillic (Church Slavonic) and civilian texts and early printed books of the 18 - 19 centuries, for example, a psalter, a service book, the service and life of St. Nile Stolobensky, the Service and Akathist for the translation of the relics of Saint James of Borovichi, Spiritual Homilies by Macarius the Great (Macarius of Egypt), and the statute of the Novgorod St. George (Yuriev) Monastery.

Eleven archive documents have been included into the state register of unique documents of the Archival Fund of the Russian Federation and the Archival Fund of the Novgorod region, i.e. they are historical relics of federal and regional significance. These include a fragment of The Gospel of Matthew parchment manuscript (15th c.), a March Menaion manuscript (16th c.), charters of the 17 century from the collection of the Novgorod Vyazhischsky monastery, a parish register from St. Cosmas’ and Damian’s church in the village of Degtyari for 1873 - 1880 with a record of the birth and baptism of the great Russian composer Sergei Rakhmaninov.

Activities of the State Archives of the Novgorod regionYuriev monastery Statute of 1830. State Archives of the Novgorod region.

The State Archives of the Novgorod region keeps its part of the Archival Fund of the Novgorod region and other archival documents, accepts for storage socio-legal documentation of organizations liquidated without legal successors, collects personal archives of Novgorodians, and organizes educational, exhibition, and publishing activities.

Eleven issues of the Novgorod Archival Bulletin have been published since 1999. The issues focus on problems of identification, preservation, study and publishing of the cultural heritage of Veliky Novgorod and Novgorod land.

On January 1, 2014 the Archives kept 5 160 collections and 1 328 530 depository units which dated are from 1400s to 2013, including 1 027 212 depository units of management documentation, 5 921 depository units of private documents, 11 311 depository units of scientific and technical documentation, 268 948 depository units of personal files, and 15 138 depository units of photographic documents.

Oksana Snytko, the director of the Archives

Postal address:

State Regional Public Institution State Archives of the Novgorod region
ul. M. Dzhalilya - Dukhovskaya, d. 31,
Veliky Novgorod
173003 Russia

E-mail: gougano[@]

Information on the archives at the site of the archives of the Novgorod region