Archival Collections

The Russian History Foundation archives, measuring 450 linear feet, contain documents dealing with the history of the Russian emigration as well as materials from Imperial Russia. These include papers relating to the activities of political, military, and social organizations; the correspondence of various prominent Russian intellectuals; the correspondence of notable leaders of the Orthodox Church; and several collections containing photographic material that documents life in pre-revolutionary Russia and the Russian diaspora.

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Microfilmed Collections

In 2007, thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, twenty-nine archival collections were microfilmed in a cooperative project with the Hoover Institution of War, Revolution, and Peace. The microfilmed collections can be accessed by researchers in the Russian History Foundation library, as well as the Hoover Institution Archives. The Foundation archives also holds microform copies of several collections from other institutions. These include collections from the Museum of Russian Culture in San Francisco and the State Archive of the Russian Federation. The Foundation continues to participate in exchanges of copies of archival materials with both US and Russian institutions, thus providing greater access to these materials.


Access to processed archival collections is provided during library open hours in the Research Reading Room. Researches wishing to access archival materials must give advance notice of their planned research visit and indicate collections of interest. Please contact us to set up a research visit.

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Library & Archives Hours

Academic Year

MON – THU: 1 PM – 7 PM
FRI – SAT: 1 PM – 5 PM

Winter and Summer Break

WED – FRI: 2 PM – 5 PM
SAT: 1 PM – 5 PM

Closed on Major Holidays

Page from N. A. Sokolov’s investigative report on the death of Nicholas II and his family, 1919-1920. Agnes M. Diterikhs Papers.