Author(s): Darina Volf (2018) – last update: 2018-04-19
The Российский государственный архив научно-технической документации – РГАНТД (Rossijskij gosudarstvennyj archiv naučno-techničeskoj dokumentacii – RGANTD) / The Russian State Archive for Scientific-technical Documentation holds materials on the history of science and technology, especially space activities, rockets, defense, scientific-technical complex etc. for the period from the 1930s to the present. There are documents of organizations participating in space activities (i. a. RKK Energija, Cosmonaut Training Center), photographs and video materials related to space program, personal archives and memories of rocket designers, workers of science and technology, space scientists etc.
Российский государственный архив научно-технической документации / The Russian State Archive for Scientific-technical Documentation
ул. Профсоюзная, 82 /
117393, г. Москва /
Российская Федерация /
Archival information: tel. +7 (495)-334-83-95
Office hours: Monday and Thursday 10:00-17:00, Tuesday and Wednesday 9:30-17:00, Friday 10:00-16:00; closed on the first working day of every month
How to find the Archive sites
How to plan and to prepare a visit
To access the archives you will have to show your passport with visa for humanitarian/scientific-technical exchange and a letter of introduction from your institution (otnoshenie) addressed to the Director of the Archive (currently: Alexander Šapošnikov / Шапошников Александр Сергеевич).
Foreign citizens are requested to send the following information to the archive 8 working days prior to the planned visit: first name, surname, citizenship, research topic, passport data, planned dates of visit and a letter of introduction from your institution.
For detailed information see the archive’s website (in Russian).
You will have to register in person at the reading rooms. Necessary documents are: passport, letter of introduction from your institution and a completed registration form (АНКЕТА пользователя) that may be found on the archive’s website.
The reading room is very small with only a few working spaces; the archivists responsible for the reading room sit, work and speak with each other (or on the phone) in the same room.
A microfilm reader is available.
Reading Room rules and regulations
For entering the building, the visitor needs a visitor pass (propusk) which is issued in the room on the left-hand side immediately after the entrance. (Propusk is personalized, so it is important to inform the archive about the exact dates of your visit.)
Expect a waiting period for ordered archival material of two working days.
Copies and photo prints are possible for a fee (see the price list online).
Archive databases & Online finding aids
There is a printed description of archival fonds:
- Путеводитель по фондам РГАНТД. – Российский государственный архив научно-технической документации (РГАНТД). Путеводитель.– М.: «Российская политическая энциклопедия» (РОССПЭН), 2005 [Rossijskij Gosudarstvennyj Archiv Naučno-Techničeskoj Dokumentacii (RGANTD): putevoditelʹ, Moskva 2005].
- If you require advice on how to enter Russia, please visit the Russian Visa Requirements page. Specific to Europe, Russian consulates take 3 to 10 business days for the visa processing. In addition, Russian visas issued by the consulates in Europe may have a five day “waiting period” on entering Russia, i.e. the person cannot travel to Russia for at least 5 days after the visa is issued.
- The closest metro station is “Kaluzhskaya”; from there to the archives site, it is a two-minute walk
- In order to access material of Fond No. 6 (RKK Energija), you will need a respective permission from the RKK Energija company