The collection dedicated to the 190th anniversary of the birth of a prominent historian, the creator of original historical concepts and the author of the most stable pre-revolutionary history textbooks Dmitry Ilovaisky is based on the documents of the personal collections of the Russian State Historical Archives arranged by themes - materials about the life of the historian, his scientific and publishing activities, correspondence and photographs. The "Works" section features extensive collection of his scientific works, textbooks, articles, reviews on them and discussions of Ilovaisky with other historians.
The collection marking the 195th anniversary of the birth of the outstanding Russian geographer, traveler, statesman and public figure P. P. Semyonov-Tyan-Shansky features his memoirs, archival documents about his service activities, video recordings, and visual materials. Of particular importance are the scientist's research, as well as fundamental works on geography and statistics, compiled under his editorship (multi-volume works "Geography of Asia", "Geographical and Statistical Dictionary of the Russian Empire", "Picturesque Russia", "Russia").
The collection to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of the outstanding statesman, reformer and lawmaker M. M. Speransky features research about his life and career, memories of him, published works, correspondence and archival materials. The collection is based the documents of the RGIA collections "Papers of M. M. Speransky" systematized by themes, reflecting the activities of Speransky in the field of reforming and codifying Russian legislation.
The collection is devoted to the 250th birth anniversary of the famous Russian historian, writer, publicist Nikolay Karamzin. It features research, essays and archival documents about the life and work of Karamzin; his literary and scientific heritage, including his main work History of the Russian State; correspondence; video lectures revealing the collections of various libraries related to Nikolay Karamzin; projects and photographs of monuments.
The collection is devoted to the 310th anniversary of Mikhail Lomonosov (1711–1765), the Russian scientist and encyclopedist, educator, writer, statesman and public figure. It features digital copies of archival documents, books, periodicals, graphic materials and videos.
The collection is devoted to the 200th anniversary of Fyodor Dostoevsky, writer, publicist and thinker. Fyodor Dostoevsky's oeuvre became one of the highlights of Russian literature of the second half of the XIX century and had a tremendous impact on the world literary process. The collection features digital copies of books, archival documents, graphic materials and videos.
The collection is devoted to the 200th anniversary of Sergey Solovyov (1820-1879), the outstanding Russian historian, academician of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences. It features biographical research, documents about his career, various editions of History of Russia from the Earliest Times and other works, as well as documents on the founding of a Solovyov's scholarship at the St. Vladimir University.
The collection is devoted to the 135th anniversary of Sergei Mironovich Kirov (Kostrikov) (1886-1934), the Soviet party leader and politician. The collection features speeches, reports and articles by Sergei Kirov published the 1920-1940s; biographical essays and memoirs about Kirov, issued after his death; materials from the Leningrad and central press of the 1930s-40s, archival documents from the Civil War period, as well as photographs and postcards with portraits of Sergei Kirov and memorable places associated with him.
The collection is devoted to the 195th anniversary of the Russian satirist, journalist and official. It features digital copies of books, brochures, periodicals, postcards, archival documents and other materials. The collection comprises the first publications by Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin of particular interest, published in the magazines Otechestvennye Zapiski and Vestnik Evropy.
The collection devoted to the 140th anniversary of the great Russian poet Alexander Blok (1880–1921) includes digital copies of books, periodicals, archival documents, visual and video materials. It features, in particular, the play "On Love, Poetry and State Service", the speech "In Memory of Vrubel", the article "Russia and the Intelligentsia", photographs of Alexander Blok and people of his circle, surveys about the poet's life and career.
The collection is devoted to the 125th-anniversary of Russian poet Sergei Yesenin (1895–1925). It contains digital copies of archival documents, books, periodicals, visual materials, and video films. In particular, it features letters from Sophia Yesenina-Tolstaya, the poet's last wife; the Presidential Library's videos about the poet's life and career, and much more.
The collection is devoted to the 150th anniversary of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin - the Russian revolutionist, politician, theorist of Marxism, Soviet statesman, creator of the first socialist state, first Chairman of Council of People's Commissars. It features his works, studies, archival documents and visual materials.
The collection, timed to the 160th anniversary of Anton Chekhov, a Russian writer, one of the largest playwrights in the history of the world theater, includes digital copies of books, periodicals and archival documents that feature different aspects of Chekhov's personality, life and ouevre; postcards and photographs with images of the writer, materials, commemorating him, as well as the texts of some of his works, articles and letters.
The collection is timed to coincide with the 215th anniversary of the birth of the Russian composer Mikhail Glinka, the first Russia classical composer, founder of the Russian national school of the world opera. The collection contains electronic copies of books, brochures, archive documents and visual materials focused on the composer’s life and work.
The collection dedicated to the 210th anniversary of the birth of Nikolai Gogol – the classic writer of Russian literature, prosaist, dramatist, critic, and publicist, includes electronic copies of books, articles from periodicals, archival documents and visual materials, which contain information about the life and work of the writer, and texts of his writings.
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.
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.
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.
The collection dedicated to Pyotr Kireevsky (1808-1856) - the folklorist, collector of folk poetry, specialist in archaeography and publicist – is built up of publications about his life and work, as well as a posthumous series of books featuring songs collected by P. Kireevsky that was commissioned by the Society of Lovers of Russian Literature.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - the greatest national poet of the Russian people, prose writer, playwright, historian, publicist, founding father of the modern Russian literary language. The collection comprises electronic copies of books, articles, archive documents, thesis abstracts, video films, visual and other materials, which spotlight the poet’s life and oeuvre, as well as the state activities aimed at preserving his memory.
The collection, dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the birth of the writer, journalist, filmmaker and social activist Yulian Semyonov, includes digital copies of books, manuscripts, papers, archive documents and graphic materials that illustrate his life and multifaceted, creative and social activity.
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.
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.
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.