Ivan Krylov (1769–1844)

The collection is dedicated to the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ivan Krylov, Russian playwright, poet, fabulist, satirist, publicist and publisher of literary and educational magazines. It consists of electronic copies of books, articles, archival documents and visual materials.

Dmitri Mendeleev (1834–1907)

The collection, which is dedicated to the renowned Russian chemist and thinker Dmitri Mendeleev, includes his works, correspondence; archival documents about his relatives, scientific, educational and public activities; 20th-century studies, which spotlight Dmitri Mendeleev’s scientific heritage, and visual materials.

Pitirim Sorokin (1889–1968)

The collection is timed to coincide with the 130th anniversary of the birth of Pitirim Sorokin - a prominent Russian sociologist and culturologist. He was born on February 4, 1889 into a family of a craftsman in a village in Vologda Governorate. He died on February 10, 1968 in Massachusetts, the USA. Pitirim Sorokin became the founder of integral sociology, made a significant contribution to the development of the theory of social mobility. He published more than 30 books.

Daniil Granin (1919–2017)

The collection devoted to the centenary of the birth of Daniil Granin - classic writer of modern Russian literature, Honorary Citizen of St. Petersburg, laureate of literary and state awards, consists of photographic materials, which cast light on his public activities, photographs from the presentation of “A Stranger’s Diary” book, and a documentary film, in which the writer recalled past years paying particular attention to the wartime.

Pyotr Kireevsky (1808–1856)

В подборку, посвящённую фольклористу, собирателю памятников народной поэзии, археографу и публицисту Петру Васильевичу Киреевскому (1808-1856), вошли работы о его жизни и творчестве, а также посмертная серия изданий с собранными им песнями, изданная по поручению Общества любителей российской словесности.

Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky

The collection, dedicated to participants of the second people’s volunteer corps (militia) Kuzma Minin and Prince Dmitry Pozharsky, who liberated Moscow from Polish invaders in 1612, includes publications of the 19th and 20th centuries, which cast light on the history of the volunteer corps, as well as materials commemorating the national heroes in Russian cities.

Ivan Turgenev (1818–1883)

The collection, dedicated to the bicentenary of the birth of Ivan S. Turgenev, classical Russian writer, novelist and poet, playwright, translator, essayist, includes digitized books, articles from periodicals, archival documents and visual materials, which shed light on the writer’s life and oeuvre, and texts of his works.

Mikhail Katkov (1818–1887)

The collection, dedicated to the bicentenary of the birth of M. N. Katkov, a well-known journalist and editor of Moskovskiye Vedomosti (Moscow News) newspaper, includes books and archival materials, which spotlight his research work, literary career, editorship and public activities.

Mikhail Skobelev (1843–1882)

The collection, dedicated to Mikhail Dmitrievich Skobelev, the outstanding Russian commander and strategist, hero of the Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878), head of the Akhal-Tekke Expedition, Adjutant General, features biographies, written during his lifetime and after his death, which cast light on the general’s life and service, military exploits and the momentous Central Asian expedition, as well as archival, visual materials and maps.

Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910)

The collection marks the 190th anniversary of the birth of Leo Tolstoy – one of the most prominent Russian writers, great novelist, enlightener, thinker, founder of the religious and moral teaching – ‘Tolstoyism’. Archival documents, books, brochures and visual materials, available for study, give an insight into the writer’s versatile personality and cast light on the key aspects of his activities and the attitude of the Russian society towards him.

Gavriil Derzhavin (1743–1816)

The collection marks the 275th anniversary of the birth of Gavriil Derzhavin – an outstanding representative of classicism in the Russian literature, an extraordinary and successful statesman. The collection features digital copies of books, archival documents, periodicals, visual materials which spotlight the life and works of Gavriil Derzhavin.

Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893–1930)

The collection is timed to coincide with 125th anniversary of the birth of Vladimir Mayakovsky – one of the greatest poets-pioneers, who in many ways determined the style of the poetry in 20th century. Vladimir Mayakovsky was also an artist, a playwright, a director, an editor of the literary LEF and Novy LEF magazines. The collection features digital copies of books, pamphlets, periodicals and other materials which contain Vladimir Mayakovsky’s works, the analysis of his writing, and the poet’s biography.

Alexander Gorchakov (1798–1883)

The collection dedicated to the outstanding statesman of the Russian Empire Alexander Gorchakov features archival materials (the draft on the emancipation of serfs, correspondence on the sale of Alaska etc.), scientific research on education of Prince Gorchakov at the Imperial Lyceum in Tsarskoye Selo and Russia’s foreign policy in the second half of the 19th c., as well as visual materials and a documentary.

Vasily Struve (1793–1864)

The collection, timed to the 225th birth anniversary of an outstanding Russian astronomer of German descent, a member of the Petersburg Academy of Sciences, the founder and the first director of the Pulkovo Observatory, includes archival materials and scientific research on the life and scientific work of Vasily Yakovlevich Struve and his family.

Maxim Gorky (1868–1936)

The collection, timed to the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Soviet Russian writer, playwright and public figure Maxim Gorky (A. M. Peshkov) (1868-1936), includes digital copies of books, periodicals, archival documents and graphic materials devoted to his life and work, as well as texts of his own works of art, articles and memoirs.

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (1857–1935)

The collection dedicated to the prominent representative of Russian cosmism, the founder of theoretical cosmonautics, Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky, includes editions introducing the life and work of the scientist, his works on the theory of air and space science, rocket science, astronomy, physics, biology, as well as philosophical and sci-fi works.

Albert Charkin (1937–2017)

Current collection is timed to the 80th birthday of A. S. Charkin (1937—2017), People’s Artist of the Russian Federation, a sculptor, an educator, and a prominent public figure. The collection includes the digital copies of documents, photographs, newspaper articles, thank you letters, certificates of merit, diplomas and other materials.

Pyotr Kropotkin (1842–1921)

The collection dedicated to a Russian revolutionary, ideological leader of anarchism, scientist-geographer P. A. Kropotkin includes the biographies, recollections of contemporaries, studies of political doctrine of Kropotkin, his geographic and social-political writings, correspondence and illustrations.

Mikhail Anikushin (1917–1997)

The collection is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Soviet Russian native sculptor M. K. Anikushin, whose creative work was a state-of-the-art Russian sculpture of the second half of the XX century. The collection contains the digital copies of documents, letters, photographs, autographs of the sculptor, newspaper articles and other materials.

Lev Petrazhitsky (1867–1931)

Current collation dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the birth of a Russian and a Polish scientist, a legal scholar, a sociologist, a philosopher and a deputy of the first State Duma Lev Petrazhitsky contains his selected legal studies, a research work of his scientific endeavor, a letter, addressed to the scientist, and the photographs.

Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky (1863–1944)

The collection, which is dedicated to the pioneer of color photography in our country, features the materials, which spotlight the photographer’s life and work, along with the digital copy of his famous “The Sights of Russia”collection.

Konstantin Pobedonostsev (1827–1907)

The collection featuring Konstantin Pobedonostsev, major statesman, legal scholar, chief procurator of the Holy Synod, founder of the system of parochial and non-classical secondary schools in Russia includes archival materials (diaries, memos, drafts, correspondence, biographical materials), humbly reports of Pobedonostsev in office of the chief procurator and his scientific works.

Alexander Griboyedov (1795–1829)

The collection, timed to the 220th birthday anniversary of Alexander Griboyedov, Russian diplomat, poet, playwright and composer, includes digital copies of books, articles, archival documents and visual materials. There also texts of literary works, including that of the comedy "Woe from Wit", which made the author a classic of Russian literature, literary criticism and biographical materials, images of monuments to A. S. Griboedov and other materials.

Elisabeth of Russia

December 18 (29), 1709 in the village of Kolomenskoye, near Moscow, was born the last representative of the Russian branch of the Romanov family, the daughter of Peter I and Catherine I, Elizabeth. Born out of wedlock and being the youngest child in the family, she had almost no chance to take the Russian throne. However, the absence of direct male heirs, political intrigues of internal and external forces, the struggle for the throne between the representatives of the Romanov dynasty, which resulted in a series of palace coups, eventually enabled her to get the crown of her father. The collection of documents features Elizabeth and her age, which continued in Russia for more than 20 years.

Vasily Klyuchevsky (1841–1911)

The collection features the prominent Russian historian Vasily Klyuchevsky. The collection includes digital copies of research works, archival documents and memoirs. There are the texts of the historian’s writings (including his most famous work, "The Course of Russian History"), as well as biographical information about him.

Nikolay Karamzin (1766–1826)

The collection is timed to the 250th birth anniversary of the famous Russian historian, writer, publicist Nikolay Karamzin. It includes research, essays and historical documents about the life and work of Karamzin, his own works on the history of the Russian state, as well as individual letters.

Mikhail Lermontov (1814–1841)

Collection, timed to the anniversary of M. Yu. Lermontov, contains materials that reveal the diversity of the individual genius of the poet, his role in the cultural life of Russia. The collection includes books and periodicals containing the texts of M. Yu. Lermontov’s works, researches on his life and work, as well as postcards and photographs depicting the monument to the poet, the places associated with his name.

Mikhail Lomonosov (1711–1765)

M. V. Lomonosov (1711-1765) is an eminent statesman, organizer of science and popular education in Russia, scholar-encyclopaedist and poet, who laid down the foundations of the Russian literary language. The selection includes researches, essays and archival materials treating with life and work of M. V. Lomonosov, his works on the grammar of the Russian language, history and metallurgy, as well as his correspondence.

Mikhail Muravyov (1796–1866)

The collection is dedicated to the life, military and civil service, community service and scientific work of an outstanding statesman of the Russian Empire Count Mikhail Nikolayevich Muravyov-Vilensky. An assembling of the collection is coincides with two related to mister Muravyov commemorative dates at once − the 220th anniversary of his birth and the 150 years from his death.

Peter Simon Pallas (1741–1811)

The collection is dedicated to the 275th anniversary of the birth of Peter Simon Pallas  the German and Russian scientist, a founder of zoology in Russia, a naturalist and a geographer, one of the leaders of the expedition activities of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences, who made a special contribution into a study of Siberia and the Ural, the Volga region and the Crimea, had a significant impact on the development of Russian and the world science

Alexander Pushkin (1799–1837)

Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin (1799-1837) - a brilliant Russian poet, prose writer, playwright, publicist, the founder of the Russian realistic direction in literature and the creator of the modern Russian literary language.

Fyodor Plevako (1842–1909)

The collection, timed to coincide with the 175th anniversary of an outstanding Russian lawyer Fyodor Nikiforovich Plevako, contains various information about him, his speeches, content of particular cases and his correspondence.

Julian Semenov (1931–1993)

The collection, dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the birth of the writer, journalist, filmmaker and social activist Julian Semenovich Semenov, includes digital copies of books, manuscripts, papers, archive documents and graphic materials that illustrate his life and multifaceted, creative and social activity.

Mikhail Speransky (1772–1839)

A selection of publications on various aspects of activity of Mikhail Speransky, a great Russian statesman in the first half of the 19th century, as well as a collection of "Papers of M. M. Speransky" including archival materials of the RSHA 1251 fond.

Pyotr Stolypin (1862–1911)

Pyotr Stolypin is one of the greatest Russian statesmen of the late 19th - early 20th century. His name is associated with the most important domestic reforms of the early 20th century in the socio-political and socio-economic spheres, conducted under the looming crisis of the state system. Therefore, at all times the personality and activities of Stolypin attracted the attention of researchers and all those interested in Russian history. Ambiguous opinions of the man and his reforms once more demonstrate his enormous impact on the development of the Russian state, and show the need for further study of his legacy.

Alexander Suvorov (1730–1800)

The proposed collection is timed to the anniversary of Alexander Vasilievich Suvorov - the Great Russian commander, who never lost battles, the holder of all Russian orders of his time. The collection includes digital copies of research, scientific and popular publications, collections of documents and visual materials.

Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)

Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) is one of the greatest composers in the history of music. He also made an enormous contribution to the development of Russian culture as a conductor, popularizer of Russian music abroad, educator, music journalist and public figure.

Taras Shevchenko (1814–1861)

The collection timed to the anniversary of Ukraine's largest national poet, Taras Shevchenko, includes his works; monographs, essays and articles on his life and work, as well as materials related to the perpetuation of his memory. There are publications in Russian and Ukrainian languages. We are particularly grateful for the materials provided by our Ukrainian partners: National Historical Library of Ukraine and Dnepropetrovsk Regional Universal Scientific Library.