Workshop on study of the Russian official papers of the early Modern era

Фото 4In the first week of July 2016 (from July, 4 till July, 8) Scientific and historical archive of Saint Petersburg Institute of History of the RAS (SPbIH) received a group of students from the Institute of history, political and social sciences of Petrozavodsk State University (PetrSU).

More than a decade ago docent (associate professor) of PetrSU Candidate of Sciences in History Irina Aleksandrovna Chernyakova, who had finished post-graduate course at Leningrad branch of the Institute of History of the USSR, stated a problem for coming years, to train a new generation of professional historians specializing in the history of Karelia of the Modern era, who had to possess all the expertise and skills to study written documents of the past.

In order to fulfill this task I.A. Chernyakova regarded it crucial for students of the Faculty of history of PetrSU to get the skills to read Russian script of 16th-17th centuries (skoropis) and to study documentation of this period. She regarded study of the documents of the archival fund “Olonetskaya voevodskaya izba (1649—1702)” as a gateway which should help students to assess their potential and aspiration in profession.

This year the most successful students, who had finished the course on Russian paleography, arrived in Saint Petersburg to study different types of the original documents composed by people of Olonets region around 350 years ago. For the first time students were able to see originals and to study how to distinguish and discern one kind of statement from another.

Фото 2 (2)Practical training was combined with lectures on history of the Archaeographic Commission, scholarly and collector’s activities of academician N.P. Likhachev, problems and methods of contemporary archaeography, Russian and foreign manuscripts from the funds of Scientific and historical archive of Saint Petersburg Institute of History of the RAS, Latin paleography and West-European sigillography. The lectures were delivered by D. Sc. in History Z.V. Dmitrieva, Cand. Sc. in History T.A. Bazarova, Cand. Sc. in History A.V. Chirkova, Cand. Sc. in History M.E. Proskuryakova, Cand. Sc. in History E.I. Nosova, while practical training has conducted Cand. Sc. in History M.E. Proskuryakova.

Special attention should be paid to high level of commitment of students sustained from year to year when some of them who have undergone this workshop come again to study documents of the 17th century in the frame of personal curriculum. One may suppose that some years later they will reinforce a group of scholars studying the history of Karelia.

In memory of the scholar


On June 28, 2016 at 14.30 a session of the Scientific council of SPbIH of the RAS timed to 100-year anniversary of V.M. Kovalchuk is planned.

There will be delivered reports by N.Yu. Cherepenina and G.L. Sobolev combined with speeches with reminiscences about V.M. Kovalchuk.

Announcement of the Archive

Dear visitors!

The reading hall of Scientific and historical archive of SPbIH RAS will be closed since July 4 till September 6, 2016.

Anniversary of the historian

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Friends and colleagues congratulate leading researcher, Doctor of Sciences in History Zoya Vasilievna Dmitrieva. Well-recognized specialist in economic history of Russia, source studies and archaeography Zoya Vasilievna Dmitrieva, being a disciple of Aleksandr Lvovich Shapiro, preserves the best features of Petersburg school of historical studies. Her scientific works, including seven monographs, fundamental publications of administrative documents of monasteries and school-books are well-known both in Russia and abroad.
At this day we express to you, Zoya Vasilievna, our admiration and gratitude for your participation in the institute’s activities.

The 6th O.A. Dobiash-Rozhdestvenskaya Memorial Scientific Readings



The West European section of the Archaeographic Commission of the RAS and Saint Petersburg Institute of History of the RAS welcome everyone to the sessions of the 6th O.A. Dobiash-Rozhdestvenskaya Memorial Scientific Readings. The will take place on June 24, 2016 at 10.30 in Saint Petersburg Institute of History of the RAS (Petrozavodskaya str., 7; conference hall).

Session of scientific seminar “Russia in 19th – beginning of 20th century: state and society”

Dear colleagues!
On June 24, 2016 there was the first session scientific seminar “Russia in 19th – beginning of 20th century: state and society” that will be conducted by the department of Modern History of Russia of SPbIH RAS.
The first session was combined with round-table meeting timed to 220-year anniversary of emperor Nicholas I.