Российский государственный архив фонодокументов

  • Russian State Sound Recordings Archives
  • Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi arkhiv fonodokumentov


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Archive was established in 1932 and the Central Archive of Sound Recordings (Centralniy Arkhiv Zvukozapisey) of the Soviet Union. In the period 1934 it was renamed for Central Photographical and Sound Archive of the Soviet Union. From 1941 until 1967 it held the name Central State Archive of Cinematographic, Photographic and Phonographic Documents, in the years 1967-1992 it was back again- Central State Archive of the Sound Recordings of the Soviet Union (TzGaZ SSSR). From June 1992 it holds it current name State Sound Recordings Archives.

Geographical and Cultural Context

Archive holds various sound, photo and video recordings documenting late Czarist Russia, Soviet and Newest Russian History from 1898 until 2001.

Archival and Other Holdings

Archive holds 486 archival fonds containing more than 200 000 archival items, in addition 3,5 million sound, photo and video recordings from the years 1898-2001. It had collected metarial from the whole of the territory or pre-Revolutionary Russia and Soviet Union.

Archival sound, photo and video materials are recorded on different carriers (some of them having already historical and museum value) such as wax cylinders, vinyl records, tapes, ton-films and various other matrixes- and digital and other copies of all of those materials.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

Full catalogue of war documents from the years 1929-1946 that are held in the archive is fully available online:


Introduction to the archival fonds can be found on the following internet site:


Opening Times

Archival Reading Room is opened Monday between 10 am and 8 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 10 am and 5 pm, Friday between 10 am and 3.30 pm (each day the lunch break between 1 pm and 2 pm)

Conditions of Access

Besides documents whose donors reserved for them restricted access, all the archive resources are available for the researchers.


Researchers have full access to all of the archival catalogues, finding aids and equipment enabling them seeing, listening and copying of the archival records.

Research Services

Full research service is available.

Reproduction Services

Full reproduction services are available. Their complete price list can be found at internet site:



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